Posted: 27.01.2022 15:11:00

Gulevich shares details of Union State’s response forces inspection

Minsk’s Central House of Officers hosted a briefing by the Chief of the General Staff – the First Deputy Defence Minister of Belarus, Major General Viktor Gulevich, for the foreign attaches accredited to Belarus’ Defence Ministry and also the media. The upcoming inspection of the Union State’s response forces on the territory of Belarus was in focus, BelTA reports.

"The preparation of the inspection takes place in a difficult military-political situation. Recent events in Kazakhstan have demonstrated an increased role of collective military-political unions in ensuring the states’ national security,” Mr. Gulevich said.

An assessment of the capability of the military command and troops (forces) to perform tasks to ensure the Union State’s military security is to become the key result of the planned events.

The inspection will be held in two stages and, at the final stage, a joint Belarus-Russia military exercise – Allied Resolve 2022 – is planned to take place.

"When developing the inspection plan, we analysed how events had been developing around our country in 2020, also taking into consideration all unfriendly messages, unjustified concentration of troops and development of the crisis situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan,” Mr. Gulevich informed.

At the first stage, by February 10th, the troops under inspection will move in a combined way to the initial areas to perform a set of measures to co-ordinate the units. They will further move to the designated areas for combat training tasks. After the relocation is completed, part of the Air Force and Air Defence Forces of Belarus and the Aerospace Forces of Russia will start their joint patrolling of the airspace.

One of the main training tasks of the first stage is to ensure the timely creation of groups of troops (forces) in the threatened sectors in a short time, in accordance with a certain situation.

The readiness and capability to perform combat training tasks by forces and means of the joint air defence training and combat centre will be inspected as well.

In addition, as Mr. Gulevich reported, an active inspection phase will begin on February 10th – with the Allied Resolve 2022 joint drill. It will focus on stopping and repulse of external aggression during a defensive operation, and also on counteracting terrorism and protecting the interests of the Union State.

At the second stage, most attention will be paid to training defensive warfare at the designated sections to protect the state border of the Republic of Belarus, including in the southern direction. Battle drill training of hard-kill actions against the invading enemy, including live fire and aircraft bombing exercises, will be held. In the final phase, the defeat of the enemy through counter-offensive actions will be trained.

Despite the unscheduled character of the inspection and involvement of part of the military authorities, formations and military units, the Armed Forces will continue their combat training activities during this time – in line with the Armed Forces’ training plan for 2022.

The exercise – aimed primarily at enhancement of the combat capability of the troops – will become the final stage of the joint inspection of the Union State’s response forces.

"The exercise held as part of the inspection is purely defensive in nature. It poses no threat to the European community as a whole and to the neighbouring countries in particular. It will make it possible to improve the mechanism of joint use of defence infrastructure in practice and to inspect the readiness and capability of the designated forces to perform the intended tasks," Mr. Gulevich stressed.

Upon completion of the inspection, military troops and units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will leave the territory of Belarus – as it happened after all previous exercises.