UK intelligence said that as of mid-March 2023, Russia had likely redeployed at least 1,000 troops who had been training at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground in south-western Belarus.
Although no new rotation of troops has been noted, Russia has highly likely left the tented camp in place, suggesting it is considering continuing the training programme, it said.
“The fact Russia has resorted to training its personnel under the much less-experienced Belarusian army highlights how Russia’s ‘special military operation’ has severely dislocated the Russian military’s training system –instructors have largely been deployed in Ukraine,” the ministry said in its daily summary.
In addition, according to UK intelligence, Russia likely also views Belarus’s continued indirect support to the operation as important political messaging.
Spokesperson of the State Border Service of Ukraine Andriy Demchenko said on March 4 that the number of Russian military personnel in Belarus varies but does not exceed 9,000-10,000 soldiers.
According to Demchenko, some units that entered the territory of Belarus were transferred to Russia, and later to the east of Ukraine.
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