Joint Russian-Belarusian drills West-2107 may be the preparation for the offensive operation. Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, reported that in his speech, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“Particular significance is centered on preparation and conducting 100 000 servicemen strategic command and staff exercises West-2017 on the western front in Belarus and in the Kaliningrad Oblast in close proximity to Ukraine. According to military experts’ estimates, the ultimate objective is to check readiness of the Russian troops to hold operations of regional and full-scale restricted wars under the conditions of cutting time for their preparation. We can’t exclude covert measures on preparation of strategic offensive operation by Russia within the preparation period to the active phase of West-2017. There is a strong presumption that Russian contingent will stay in Belarus after an active phase of the drills,” Turchynov announced.
As it was reported earlier, West-2017 military drills of Russia and Belarus to be held on September 14 – 20, which will make the closing stage of the joint preparation of the armed forces of Belarus and Russia this year.