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Belarus preparing for war: weapons allocated to Ministry of Emergency Situations employees and shelters being checked

Sunday, 16 October 2022, 21:03
Belarus preparing for war: weapons allocated to Ministry of Emergency Situations employees and shelters being checked

KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO — SUNDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2022, 21:03

Some employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Belarus have been allocated weapons to "protect the motherland" in the event of hostilities. People in Belarus are also being trained to evacuate the population and told about shelters.

Source: Vadim Sinyavsky, the Minister of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, in an interview with the Belarusian ONT TV channel

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Details: According to Sinyavsky, some of the employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations may be armed in order to "protect the motherland" in the event of a conflict or military operations, placing them on an equal footing with the army. The orders of the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, were carried out and the weapons were received from the Ministry of Defence, the Minister noted.

Quote from Sinyavsky: "Today, all the weapons that were planned have been received from the Ministry of Defence and placed in our rooms for storing weapons... Calculations have been made and personnel training has been carried out... If it is necessary to take an active part in certain issues relating to the protection of our homeland, these calculations will be sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and to the heads of the Air Force at the regional level, as well as to the Armed Forces; if necessary, calculations will also be made for participation in the relevant actions."

More details: Sinyavsky also said that Belarus has more than 5,000 different closed facilities that can be used to shelter the population in case of missile strikes.

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"The leadership of our country... is taking every possible measure to prevent [a military conflict on the territory of Belarus] from happening. But we understand that, unfortunately, the world is such that there may be a situation in which we will have to act quickly, within the limits of civil defence," he said.

In particular, according to the Minister of Emergency Situations, the means of notifying the population of possible threats are being verified.

Quote from Sinyavsky: "There are more than 5,000 different closed facilities in the country that can be used to shelter the population in the event of missile strikes, in particular.  We will conduct an operational verification of these and will notify people where, when and in which region it is possible to go down into the shelters for protection from these things.This is the first story.

And the second story is evacuation in the event of an immediate emergency. We are training our forces and staff so that we can quickly organise an evacuation if necessary."

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