Factbox-Russian military drills in Belarus create new threats for Ukraine

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  • Wednesday, 19 Jan 2022

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko shake hands during a news conference following talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Joint military exercises https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-belarus-plan-joint-military-drills-february-lukashenko-2022-01-17 between Russia and Belarus in the coming weeks will provide Russian President Vladimir Putin with new options if he decides to attack Ukraine and will further stretch that country's defences, military analysts say.

The "Allied Resolve" manoeuvres will take place near Belarus' western border with NATO members Poland and Lithuania and its southern border with Ukraine. Russia already has tens of thousands of troops to the north, east and south of Ukraine, although it denies any intention to invade.

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