(MENAFN- UkrinForm) Several thousand Russian servicemen are now stationed in Belarus.
"Now the number of Russian troops in the territory of Belarus is much smaller than it was a few months ago. Earlier, there could be 10,000 or 11,000 of them, but now there are several thousand servicemen. But despite this, we continue to reinforce our border line ... so that the State Border Guard Service units and other components of the defense forces that strengthen this direction have all the opportunities to respond to any threats or invasion attempts," Andriy Demchenko, spokesman for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, said during the United News telethon, Ukrinform reports.
According to him, the area near the border is mined to prevent the breakthrough of military equipment.
"The situation on the border with Russia has not changed either. Unfortunately, the enemy continues to shell the Ukrainian border every day. Over the past 24 hours, our border units recorded more than 20 strikes within the bounds of Chernihiv, Sumy, and Kharkiv regions. Since the beginning of the month, more than 500 such strikes have been launched. During April, there were slightly less, about 450. The enemy uses artillery, mortars, and aviation to shell the territory of Ukraine. The majority of attacks are launched on the territory of Sumy region," the spokesman added.
He noted that border guards recorded the use of Shahed drones by the Russians last night.
As reported, the Air Force command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stated that the Russian troops attacked Ukraine with Iranian-made Shahed-136/131 combat drones from the northern direction – Bryansk region – and the southern – Krasnodar Territory – last night. In total, 54 kamikaze drones were launched. The Ukrainian troops destroyed 52 drones.
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