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Russia’s ‘Most Powerful Dogfighters’ – Su-30, Su-35 Jets Conduct ‘War Drills’ With Belarusian Air Force Amid NATO Tensions

Joint flights of Su-30SM and Su-35S fighters took place as part of the exercises of the Belarusian and Russian armies, the press service of the Belarusian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

“As part of the joint operational exercise of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation Allied Resolve 2022, joint flights of the Su-30SM and Su-35S took place at the airfield near Baranovichi,” the ministry said on Telegram=.

Joint Belarusian-Russian exercises began on Thursday at the combined arms training grounds of the Belarusian Armed Forces. They mark the second stage of testing the reaction forces of the Union State, which will last until February 20. The goal is to work out the response to external aggression and terrorist attacks.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that the UK has trained 22,000 Ukrainian soldiers since 2014, delivered thousands of units of lethal weaponry, and is considering further steps in military cooperation with Kiev.

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File Image: Su-30

“Since 2014 we trained 22,000 Ukrainian soldiers. In the last two or three months, we have sent some anti-tank weaponry, 2,000 of them. We will be considering what more we can conceivably offer,” Johnson said during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

The armament and training of the Ukrainian forces are being conducted by British troops as part of Operation Orbital, according to a parliamentary report filed earlier this month. The UK also delivered 2.2 million pounds ($3 million) of non-lethal military equipment and made the first supply of lethal arms to Kiev under the initiative in 2022, the report found.

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File Image: British Soldiers

On January 25, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said its soldiers held exercises with British military advisers on the use of recently delivered anti-tank missile systems NLAW.

Western countries have been delivering lethal weaponry to Ukraine amid escalated tensions between Kiev and Moscow. Russia has warned Western counterparts that Kiev could use the weapons in military operations against the breakaway Donbas region.

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