The units of the Russian armed forces, which mainly consist of so-called “partially mobilised” citizens, continue to arrive in Belarus. Their main task is to prepare the material base and places of deployment of occupation troops. Meanwhile, the mobilised are forced to live in unsuitable conditions, mostly in field tents without proper sanitary conditions. This is stated in the report of the Chief Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

“Currently, there is a large outbreak of various diseases among these servicemen. These are mostly respiratory diseases (bronchitis, sore throat, pneumonia, exacerbation of asthma) and gastrointestinal infections. The outbreak is so massive that Belarusian doctors are unable to cope with it. The occupiers have to urgently send military and mobilised doctors from the Russian Federation to Belarus,” the intelligence officers said.

As noted, the next group of healthcare workers is expected to arrive in the near future at the 230th combined arms training ground of the western operational command of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. The outbreak of diseases in it is also associated with non-compliance with basic hygiene, quality food, and health care requirements for military camps.

Tensions between the troops of the two countries are also growing in Belarus. Numerous conflict situations due to the contemptuous attitude of the Russian military towards Belarusians arise. The military police of the Republic of Belarus are unable to restrain the illegal behaviour of Russians. In particular, based on the complaints received from rank-and-file servicemen, senior officers of the Belarusian armed forces report contemptuous phrases and behaviour of Russians towards Belarusians, particularly, on ethnic grounds. The number of precedents is growing rapidly, leading to an uncontrolled escalation of tension in Belarus.

Natalia Tolub

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