Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus:
Photograph of the landing of a joint tactical air assault of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Airborne Forces of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation as part of a combined battalion tactical group.
The ministry said the drills were carried out due to the “build-up of military activity” near the Belarusian border.
It added that Russian Il-76 aircraft and Belarusian military helicopters were involved in the drills, where servicemen were carrying out a “number of combat training tasks.”
In a statement carried by Russian news agencies, the defense ministry in Moscow said it had sent paratroopers to Belarus for joint exercises as part of a “surprise combat readiness check.”