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Russia to Move Forces to Belarus for Military Drills Next Month

  • Joint drills to run Feb. 10-20, Russian Defense Ministry says
  • Exercises called amid standoff on Ukraine between Russia, West
Russian soldiers take part in military exercises at the the Kapustin Yar range in Russia in 2020.

Russian soldiers take part in military exercises at the the Kapustin Yar range in Russia in 2020.

Photographer: Dimitar Dolkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Russia said it will move forces to Belarus for military drills next month, amid deepening confrontation with the U.S. and Europe over Ukraine. 

The joint exercises, called “Allied Determination-2022,” will take place Feb. 10-20, with Russian troops in place in Belarus by Feb. 9, Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said at a briefing Tuesday for military attaches in Moscow. They’ll practice search-and-destroy measures against “illegal formations” and defense of the state border against “armed groups of militants,” he said.