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06 October 2022, 19:56

Combat teams training in Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine to topple Belarusian government

MINSK, 6 October (BelTA) – Combat teams are training in Poland, Lithuania, and Ukraine in order to overthrow the Belarusian government. Chairman of the State Security Committee of Belarus (KGB) Ivan Tertel made the statement during a briefing in the Central House of Officers, BelTA has learned.

Ivan Tertel said that combat teams in Ukraine include radical representatives of the self-exiled opposition. “The number of such units is not two or three. They are split. There are 100 people left at most. About 10-20 people are taking part in combat operations. They are closely monitored by the Ukrainian army intelligence. We know all those officers,” the KGB chief said.

In his words, former Belarusian army personnel are also taking part in combat operations in Ukraine. Ivan Tertel said that combat teams made up of Belarusian self-exiled oppositionists are also being trained in Poland and Lithuania. All these units are intent on overthrowing the Belarusian government through the force of arms. They are getting ready, setting up bases, training their people in order to undermine the situation in Belarus. Including with acts of terrorism.

Ivan Tertel went on saying: “But our head of state is a fighter, who will go all the way. They rightly call him batka [father in Belarusian] because he takes care of his family. Elite defense, security, and law enforcement personnel are united around the president. This is why information campaigns designed to sway this elite are in progress. They target people, who are on the fence. Those who wear uniforms and those fighting their battles in the information space. The information campaign is aimed at people, who will be swayed with feelings and will fail in their duty.”

The KGB chief said that the combat teams intend to penetrate Belarus from Ukraine and capture population centers, preferably district capitals. Decoy attempts to infiltrate Belarus can be made on other sides as well. “They will create a bridgehead and will use it to advance towards Minsk little by little. Provided the situation resembles the one we saw in August 2020. Then they will have their chance. This is roughly speaking the plan they have,” he said.

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