In a precautionary measure, the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) have strengthened their defensive capability in the northern border area near Belarus to stave off any attack from that direction, according to an official Facebook post.

Though there are no indications of imminent attack in that area, the military leadership says it is prepared for “any potential scenario.”

Among the improvements are increases in the number of observation posts, additions of support positions and laying of large high-tech defensive minefields along the Belarusian border in the Rivne region, this announced by the United Forces of the AFU on Friday, Aug. 11.

Serhii Nayev, the commander of the Joint Forces said: “Over 15 new strongholds have been established, tens of thousands of mines have been laid, with at least 20 percent being guided anti-personnel mines.”

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Nayev also noted that there are currently no indications of an imminent ground offensive operation from the enemy’s side in the Volyn region in northwestern Ukraine. Nevertheless, he said that Ukraine’s defense forces remain prepared for any potential scenario.

In the preceding month, military commanders in the Northern operational zone were assigned tasks encompassing terrain mining, establishment of new defensive positions, and reinforcement of protection for critical civilian infrastructure. These directives were successfully carried out, according to the post.

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Nayev cautioned that while there is no immediate threat, future risks remain possible. He elaborated, “The enemy would require at least one and a half months to amass the necessary forces to initiate offensive operations in this area.”

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