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Belarus military drills to begin as Russia ratchets up Ukraine tensions

By Shaun Walker

09 Feb 2022 · 4 min read

Russia and Belarus will begin 10 days of joint military drills on Thursday, setting in train one of the most overtly threatening elements of the Kremlin’s buildup of forces around Ukraine’s borders.

Valery Gerasimov, the head of the Russian general staff, arrived in Belarus on Wednesday to oversee the drills.

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