Aviation activity, movements of the troops by rail and roads in Belarus
Remarkable activity of the past week includes the arrival of a military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces at Homiel airport and a possible rotation of the Russian contingent at Mazyr (Bokau) airfield. Combat readiness training was conducted in units of the Belarusian Armed Forces. The trainings were conducted mainly at the permanent deployment points of the units.
- Aviation activity was recorded at Machulishchy, Lida, Baranavichy, Luninets airfields and at Homiel airport. Flights of aircraft and helicopters of the Belarusian Air Force and Russian Aerospace Forces were recorded.
- At 17:34 on December 9, an An-12 military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces arrived at Homiel airport from Seshcha air base (Bryansk oblast, Russia). Previously, military transport aircraft arrived at Homiel airport on October 13.
- No rail activity was recorded.
Movements by road
- No large convoys with military vehicles of the Russian Armed Forces were recorded. Single vehicles and small convoys were regularly spotted in Mazyr and on some sections of the M10 highway.
- No movements of PMC Wagner vehicles were recorded. It was reported on the training by PMC Wagner mercenaries with servicemen of the 51st Artillery Brigade.
- No large convoys with military vehicles of the Belarusian Armed Forces were recorded. Single vehicles and small convoys were spotted in Minsk and on some sections of the M5, M8, R31 highways.
Changes in the size of the Russian Armed Forces group and PMC Wagner in Belarus: possible rotation of the Russian contingent (about 80 people) at Mazyr (Bokau) airfield.
During the week, units of the Belarusian Armed Forces conducted combat readiness training. The trainings were held mainly at permanent deployment points. They practiced the issues of bringing military units into combat readiness. Such events are held annually.
We should also note the arrival of a military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces at Homiel airport on December 9 and a convoy of equipment of the Russian Armed Forces, which was moving from Homiel to Mazyr two hours after the arrival of the aircraft. These facts allow us to conclude that the aircraft could have brought a group of Russian military for the rotation of the contingent stationed at Mazyr (Bokau) airfield. In total, about 80 servicemen could have been brought to Belarus for the rotation.