Moscow (BLAZETRENDS).- The Belarusian Ministry of Defense has drawn up a “road map” for its cooperation with the Wagner group, which has already begun training Belarusian soldiers, according to a military statement.
“We announce that the military department and the management of the company (Wagner) have designed a short-term roadmap for the preparation and exchange of experience between different military units,” the Belarusian Defense said in a statement.
Wagner training Belarusian troops
The day before, the Belarusian ministry announced that Wagner’s mercenaries had already started training Belarusian troops in a camp near the town of Osipovichi, 230 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.
“Territorial defense training takes place near Osipóvichi,” said a Defense message on Telegram, indicating that local troops are trained in some military disciplines by “instructors from the private military company Wagner.”
The Belarusian investigative team Gayun, which is dedicated to monitoring military activity in Belarusian territory, reported for its part that this Saturday a large column of vehicles with license plates from the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk entered Belarusian territory from Russia.
“The set of factors indicates that it is a Wagner column,” says a statement from the research project.
Currently about 60 vehicles are heading to Osipóvichi, he adds.
Exchange of experiences
This week the Belarusian Ministry of Defense announced that it planned to take advantage of Wagner’s arrival in the country to carry out an “exchange of experiences” between the Belarusian regular army and the Russian paramilitaries.
A week ago the Belarusian authorities stated that Wagner’s mercenaries, who were to move to that country after the failure of the June 24 uprising, were still not at the base offered by Minsk.
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko previously said that the Wagner Group is the “most combat-experienced” unit and that it “can serve the defense of Belarus if the country is attacked.”