Belarus' ground forces, shoulder to shoulder with the Special Forces, are ready to start test drills, usually held in January. The forces are now moving to the areas of training and combat missions.
Despite really winter weather, the military have to show all their skills and prove their professionalism once again. Taking part in the drills will be military from Brest and Brest region along with men from other regions.
Oleg Belokonev, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus:
We are working on a full range of activities that a brigade must be able to do during combat missions.
The high degree of combat readiness has been shown by the 38th Guards Airborne Assault Brigade of the Brest region. Over 400,000 Belarusians liable to conscription for military service came to military commissariats.
Divisions are receiving small arms and ammunition. The drills will be held as part of a comprehensive check of the Armed Forces of the country.
Training objectives are to find, block and destroy saboteurs. Mobile battalions of special operations forces are working shoulder to shoulder with border guards. All these measures are taken to strengthen the protection of state borders.
Sergei Sukhovilo, deputy commander of the 38th guards separate mobile brigade of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus:
The uniqueness lies in the fact that we haven't carried out such large-scale drills since WWII. The brigade is ready to carry out tasks for the intended purpose. Given the weather conditions and given the high morale of the personnel we are ready to perform these tasks to get only excellent marks.