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Ukraine pulls APCs and missile systems to Belarusian border  ? 61

13:50, — Europa

Ukraine pulls APCs and missile systems to Belarusian border

Official Kyiv doesn't believe Lukashenka.

Increased traffic has been noticed on the international highway to the Novi Yarylovycghi checkpoint on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border.

In February, cargo traffic increased in comparison with the pre-war period. Now, many military vehicles can be seen, Radio Svaboda reports.

APCs and missile systems appeared on the highway on April 4, six days after the meeting of the Belarusian ruler and interim Ukrainian president Oleksandr Turchynov. Lukashenka assured official Kyiv that troops of third countries would not attack Ukraine from the territory of Belarus.

Some military vehicles were standing on the side of the road beginning at the town of Kozelets (148 kilometres from the Belarusian border). The columns began to move, escorted by the Ukrainian road police, on April 7.

The concentration of troops close to the Belarusian border can be explained by the fact that the M-03 highway to Russian Bryansk, where Russia pulled its forces to ahead of the aggression in Crimea, begins near the village of Kipti in the Chernihiv region (146 kilometres from the Belarusian border and 434 kilometres from the Russian border).

According to experts, Russia has 1,000 tanks and APCs as awell as 40,000 troops on the border with Ukraine. Several joint military exercises were held in our country in the last few months. Information appeared last week that the air forces and the air defence troops had new exercises in Belarus.

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