Over the past few days, the Belarusian Hajun has been observing an increase in military activity in the southwestern districts of Brest region. Apparently, this is caused by the planned exercises, which have been extended until 11 September, at the Brestski training ground of the 38th brigade.
Increase of military activity in Brest region / Belarusian Hajun
Since late August, supply vehicles (various trucks, water carriers, field kitchens), as well as more serious armaments have been delivered to the Brest area. On August 30, at around 19:00, an echelon with at least 20 units of equipment of the Belarusian Armed Forces and four passenger wagons arrived in Brest, the armament included two launchers of S-300 systems. It is known that it was the echelon with the equipment of the 115th anti-aircraft missile regiment, which returned to Brest after the exercises at the Ashuluk training ground in Russia. On the same day, the second echelon arrived in Brest with more than 6 T-72 tanks of the Belarusian Armed Forces.
On the next day, August 31, 5 infantry fighting vehicles of the Belarusian Armed Forces were moving in the Drahichyn district towards the bordering village of Adamava, and 4 KamAZ trucks with howitzers of the Belarusian Armed Forces were spotted in Pinsk.
On 1 September, there was no movement of surface armament in the border area of Brest region with Ukraine, unlike aviation activity. On that day, intensive training over Brest was carried out by fighters, which took off from the airfields in Lida and Baranavichy, as well as helicopters from Machulishchy. The training over Brest was connected with the relocation of the training area closer to the border with Ukraine, we also note that fighter pilots were practicing missile launches.
The recording of the movement of equipment resumed the next day. On September 2, a column of 20 vehicles of the Belarusian Armed Forces was moving from Biaroza towards Ivatsevichy, which included MAZ trucks, Ural trucks and radars. In the evening of the same day, another large echelon with military equipment arrived at Brest-Southern railway station: over 13 Ural trucks, over 17 Grad MLR, over 12 GAZ-66, 2 2S5 Giatsint-S self-propelled guns and 3 1V12 command vehicles, as well as several passenger and freight wagons. Part of the equipment could have been unloaded at Brest-Southern railway station, but at around 20:00 the same echelon was already seen at Malaryta railway station, standing in the direction of the border with Ukraine. We managed to determine that this was the equipment of the 111th Guards Artillery Brigade of the Belarusian Armed Forces. Also, on September 2, in the direction of Ag. On September 2, another large column of the Belarusian Armed Forces was moving towards Mukhavets (Brest district): 8 trucks (MAZ, Ural, ZiL-131), 23 APCs and BRDM.
In total, the following has been transferred to the districts of Brest region bordering on Ukraine in the past few days:
- S-300 SAM system – 2 units;
- T-72 tank – at least 6 units;
- Infantry fighting vehicle – 5 units;
- Howitzer – 4 units;
- Grad MRL – over 17 units;
- 2S5 Giatsint-S self-propelled gun – 2 units;
- 1V12 – 3 units;
- APC/BRDM – 23 units;
- Radar – 1 unit.
What we are seeing is certainly a reinforcement, including by returning some equipment after the exercises in Russia. Current reinforcement is also connected with the exercises, and such a number of troops is not enough for aggression against Ukraine. It is likely that the deployment of additional equipment to the border areas may be another attempt to build up tension.
Nevertheless, we must not let our guard down, and we continue to record all military activity on the territory of Belarus.
На русском языке:
В районе Бреста наблюдается усиление военной активности: C-300, Грады и САУ
На беларускай мове: У раёне Брэста назіраецца ўзмацненне ваеннай актыўнасці: C-300, Грады і САУ