Russia today announced the beginning of the return to their permanent barracks of units that have already completed their exercises in the Western and Southern military districts, both bordering Ukraine.
“The units of the Western and Southern military districts that completed their missions have already started riding on trains and trucks, and today they will go to their garrisons,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
At the same time, he noted, the Russian Armed Forces “continue large-scale activities for the preparation of troops, in which practically all military districts, fleets and airborne troops are involved.”
The spokesman recalled that troops of the Eastern military district and airborne forces are taking part in the “Allied Determination-2022” exercises, which are taking place in Belarus and are scheduled to end on the 20th.
Konashenkov said that the military attachés accredited in Minsk have been invited to the “practical actions” of the joint Russian-Belarusian exercises.
In the exercises “Allied Determination-2022” the forces of the two countries are rehearsing defensive actions against a hypothetical aggression against the Russian-Belarusian state Union.
The defense spokesman said that on the 19th a shooting practice is scheduled to take place at the Obuz-Lesnovsky range with the participation of a Russian marine brigade and units of the Belarusian army.
Russia has deployed some 100,000 soldiers on the border with Ukraine and is carrying out military exercises in the Black Sea and in Belarus, a few kilometers from Kiev, which makes the West fear that there could be an attack against the neighboring country at any moment.
President Joe Biden would have prevented its partners and allies of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine as early as this week, specifically this Wednesday, according to Politico.
However, Kiev sees no signs of an imminent Russian invasion, Oleksy Danylov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said Monday.
“We are fully aware of what is happening in our country, we are aware of the risks that exist for our country, but the situation is completely under control,” he told reporters. Danylov added that Ukrainian authorities do not see that there could be an invasion in the coming days.