Situation report on military activity on the territory of Belarus for March 19 by Hajun

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На русском языке: Оперативная сводка от Гаюна за 19 марта о военной активности на территории Беларуси
На беларускай мове: Аператыўная зводка ад Гаюна за 19 сакавіка аб ваеннай актыўнасці на тэрыторыі Беларусі

Hajun Project published a situation report on military activity on the territory of Belarus as of 07:00 March 20.

Active movement of convoys of military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces through the territory of Belarus continues (for example, here, here, here, and here). In addition to Ural and KamAZ trucks, the movement of Grad MLRS, artillery guns, armored personnel carriers, etc. was spotted yesterday. In addition, movement of fuel tankers and (presumably) transportation of missiles for the Iskander missile systems was recorded yesterday.

Transportation of military equipment by rail continues. For example, a train with heavy military equipment was seen being unloaded at the railway station in Luninets (Brest Region). After the train was unloaded, 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers were seen being transported. A train with military equipment was also seen moving towards Brest.

Sources close to the railroad reported that a large transfer of equipment, ammunition, and personnel of the Russian Armed Forces to Belarus by rail is expected. It is notable that the Russian Armed Forces regularly use the Belarusian railroad network for the supply of their military units. We also note that the use of rail transport may be complicated in conditions of sabotage on the railroad.

The greatest flight activity was recorded at the military airfield in Baranavichy (here and here). Helicopters flew from the airfield in Vialiki Bokau (Mazyr district, Gomel region); aircraft flew from the airfields in Machulishchy (Minsk region) and Luninets (Brest region). Yesterday, there were no flights from the military airfield in Lida (Grodno region). Earlier, we reported that flights from the airfield were suspended because of the redeployment of aircraft to the airfield in Luninets (50 km from the border with Ukraine). 

Strikes on the territory of Ukraine by operational and tactical missile systems continue. Thus, at least 5 missile launches were recorded from the territory of the Mazyr district and one – from the Khoiniki district. It was also approved that yesterday the peak of the missile attacks from the territory of Belarus was at 22:29 (Minsk time). Such data was recorded by the magnetometer at the Konrad Observatory in Vienna.

Active movement of units of the Armed Forces of Belarus in the southern regions of Belarus (Brest and Gomel regions) was observed yesterday. The vast majority of vehicles seen yesterday had an identification mark – a red square or rectangle. Thus, convoys of the Belarusian Armed Forces were seen near Drahichyn, Pinsk, Kobryn, and Malaryta, as well as between the towns of Ivanava and Drahichyn. The convoys included Kaiman armored reconnaissance vehicles, MAZ, Ural and Volat trucks, mortars, radios (based on GAZ-66 chassis), etc. Most likely, the activity of the Belarusian Armed Forces was due to the ongoing rotation of units performing the tasks of «strengthening the protection of the state border.»

An interesting note. Members of some units of the Belarusian Armed Forces (for example, the 11th Mechanized Brigade from Slonim) have been using red duct tape as a quick-recognition system for the past few weeks. The same recognition system was used by units of the Russian Armed Forces and separatists of the LDPR during the first days of the invasion of Ukraine.

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