Russia’s Defense Ministry said that the decision to send troops to Belarus for the first time since March was taken due to “the activities going on in the areas along our border”, DailyMail reported. This news comes at a time when Russia has threatened to equip Belarusian fighter planes with nuclear missiles. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is close to Putin. According to Lukashenko, Belarus and Russia are mobilizing their troops and forming a joint task force.
The picture of war changed after the bridge blast
This sudden increase in the war that has been going on for the last eight months has come after the Crimea Bridge blast. Russia targeted dozens of Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, after the blast. The Indian Embassy in Kyiv had issued an advisory for its citizens. This week China has also asked its citizens to leave Ukraine immediately due to growing security concerns. Some countries like Serbia have closed their embassies completely.
Russia will modify the fighter planes of Belarus
The Belarus border is located 225 km from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Russia used Belarus as a launchpad for an attack against Ukraine in February. On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it would equip Belarus’ Su-25 fighter jets with the capability to carry nuclear missiles. Belarus is a “non-nuclear” country with a military force of around 50,000.