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A muster of troops in the Russian army exercise area Mulino finished
the Belarusian-Russian tactical army exercise Union Shield 2019 on 19
September, the press service of the Belarusian Defense Ministry told.
Belarusian Defense Minister, Lieutenant-General Andrei Ravkov told media: “The joint tactical exercise has drawn to its logical close. Our military personnel will get back to the home country very soon.” Summing up results of the exercise, he noted that it was not the only combat training event, including an event held together with the Russian army. However, it is a major exercise, this is why it is the main one this year.
According to the source, the Belarusian army units had to carry out virtually all missions at night. The moral and psychological state of participants of the exercise helped them do their jobs. Proper accommodations and amenities were available so that nothing could distract them from the main mission. The exercise has accomplished its tasks, Andrei Ravkov noted. The system to train armed forces in Belarus and Russia is designed to make sure the armies are constantly ready to carry out missions required to protect the Union State of Belarus and Russia and the two countries against an enemy. The army units are now getting ready to get back to Belarus.
A large-scale parade of military hardware took place on 19 September. The military personnel, who excelled during the exercise, were awarded. The muster of the troops ended with a festive concert of Russian and Belarusian army musicians. The Belarusian-Russian army exercise Union Shield 2019 began in the Mulino exercise area in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Oblast on 13 September. Some 12,000 military personnel, up to 950 units of military hardware, up to 70 aircraft and helicopters took part in the exercise. OSCE member states have been notified about it in line with the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures. The Belarusian army was represented by over 4,000 military personnel, more than 30 tanks, 80 armored fighting vehicles, about 50 MLRS, artillery, and mortar units as well as aircraft and helicopters.
Oleg Belokonev, Chief of the General Staff of the
Armed Forces of Belarus, positively assessed the results of the first
stage of the joint Russian-Belarusian military exercise “Union
Shield-2019”, the Belarus’ Ministry of Defence reported on
Monday on its website.
first stage of the joint operational exercise of the armed Forces of
the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation “Union
Shield-2019 ” was completed at the Mulino training ground. The
governing bodies showed a high ability to manage subordinate units in
the course of fulfilling their mission in difficult conditions,”
the statement emphasizes.
of the General Staff, Belarusian First Deputy Defense Minister Oleg
Belokonev, who is in charge of overseeing the exercise, said: “Today
we’ve started the second stage of the exercise, which will focus on
practical actions, on the implementation of the decisions and steps
we made during the first stage. The army units will have to practice
defensive action in assigned positions, continue stabilizing the
situation, organizing interaction, support, and logistics. Command
and control units will continue giving orders to subordinate units in
a complicated environment. I believe the main goal of the event will
be reached. We will get some practice of working together with the
Armed Forces of Russia to ensure the military security of the Union
State of Belarus and Russia.”
also said that “military units fairly confidently carried out a set
of measures to search, block, destroy illegal armed groups and
sabotage and reconnaissance groups, to stabilize the situation in the
designated areas of responsibility.”
exercise of the armed forces of the two countries takes place at the
Mulino training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod region. The Union
Shield-2019 drills are set to involve a total of 12,000 troops and
950 pieces of military equipment, including combat vehicles, aircraft
and helicopters. OSCE member states have been notified about it in
line with the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence- and
Security-Building Measures. The Belarusian army is represented by
over 4,000 military personnel, more than 30 tanks, 80 armored
fighting vehicles, about 50 MLRS, artillery, and mortar units as well
as aircraft and helicopters.
The Union Shield 2019 drills are set to involve a total of 12,000 troops and 950 pieces of military equipment, including combat vehicles, aircraft, and helicopters, Russia’s Western Military District said on September 13.
The Belarusian Defense Ministry said it had sent 4,000 soldiers, more than 30 tanks, 80 armored vehicles, 50 multiple rocket launchers, and about 15 aircraft and helicopters.
During the second phase of the exercises, troops will search and eliminate hypothetical saboteurs and illegal armed groups, a statement said.
In August, the chief of the General Staff of the Belarusian armed forces, First Deputy Defense Minister Major-General Aleh Belokonev, said the exercise would be held “deep inside the territory of the Russian Federation and not at practice ranges near [EU] borders” in order to “avoid the escalation of the situation in Europe.”
Belarus and Russia are joined in a union state that exists mainly on paper, and the two countries hold joint military exercises that regularly engage the West’s attention.
The Union Shield drills are carried out every two years alternately on the territory of Russia and Belarus. Union Shield 2017 was held in Belarus and involved some 12,700 troops.
Russian Western Military
District units will begin a joint exercise with the Armed Forces of
Belarus this year. The operation is referred to as “Union Shield
2019”. The exercise is reported to involve 8 thousand soldiers, 400
vehicles of a variety of types, including 90 tanks, along with 70
examples of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. Belarus is going to be
represented by more than 1000 soldiers.
The “Union Shield – 2019”
exercise is going to take place within the period between 13th and
19th September 2019, under the command of the Russian Chief Of
General Staff and Belorussian Chief Of General Staff. The operational
activity will begin within the Gorokhovetsky training ground in
Nizhny Novgorod region. The initial phase of the exercise will cover
the regrouping procedure of the units after long marches, and
coordination of the joint operations of the Russian and Belarusian
units. The operations are to be focused on increased
interoperability, the aim of which is to “defend the sovereignty
and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation and the Republic
The “Union Shield” is a
large-scale exercise of Belarus and Russia, which were held three
times (in 2006 on the Belarusian territory, in 2011 and 2015 – in
the territory of the Russian Federation). In 2015, they took place in
the Pskov and Leningrad regions.