It was shut down in July, but during this time, they managed to train 15,000 mobilized.
Exactly one year ago, on October 10, 2022, Lukashenko said that he had agreed with Putin on the deployment of the so-called regional group of troops of Belarus and Russia. The official reason was the military threat that arose near the borders of the so-called “Union State.” In reality, the regional group was needed to cover the training of mobilized Russians.
On October 15, the first trains with the Russian military started arriving in Belarus. Field camps were set up at training grounds of the Belarusian Armed Forces to accommodate them. Obuz-Liasnouski, Damanava, Losvida, Asipovichski, Lepelski, Chapialiova and Barysauski training grounds were given to the Russian military.
The Russian military also trained at the 72nd Joint Training Center. Both Russian instructors and the ones of the Belarusian Armed Forces took part in the training of the Russian military. After completing the training course, trains with Russian mobilized went directly to the combat zone in Ukraine.
At the beginning of July 2023, the training of Russian mobilized soldiers at the training grounds of the Belarusian Armed Forces stopped: the field camps were dismantled and the military contingents were redeployed to Russia. According to our estimates, a total of at least 15,000 servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces could have passed through the training camps on the territory of Belarus during the period from October 2022 to July 2023.
Despite the previous statements of the Ministry of Defense of Belarus, the “new shift” of the Russian military hasn’t arrived in Belarus.