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NYT finds where Belarus might store Russian nuclear weapons – photos

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NYT finds where Belarus might store Russian nuclear weapons – photos

Construction on a storage facility for Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus probably began in March 2023 near the city of Asipovichy, which has served as a military base since Soviet times.

Source: The New York Times, which analysed satellite images of the object, as reported by European Pravda

Details: According to the New York Times, the Russian nuclear weapons storage facility is located roughly 180 kilometres north of the Ukrainian border.

The purported nuclear warhead storage location is in the same city as Belarus‘ Iskander missiles, which may fire nuclear or conventional warheads and were turned over by Russia to Belarus in 2022.

The New York Times reports that the new infrastructure, which were identified on satellite photographs near Asipovichy, have features unique to Russian nuclear storage facilities.

For example, a new high-security zone is ringed by three levels of fence in addition to the base’s current security perimeter. The New York Times also discovered a covered loading area connected to a concealed underground bunker from Soviet times.


To protect the site near Asipovichy, as the images show, an air defence system was also deployed – it appeared no later than mid-2023.

Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists, who analysed the site, stated that the nuclear developments in Belarus „appear designed to unnerve NATO’s easternmost member states, but will not give Russia a significant new military advantage in the region“.

Construction on what appears to be new buildings has begun in recent weeks. „The details are still uncertain, but construction has clearly entered a new phase,“ said Kristensen.

3 May 2024.

According to an agreement between Minsk and Moscow, some of Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons are deployed on Belarusian soil.

Belarus approved a new military doctrine last month, allowing nuclear weapons to be used for the first time.

On 7 May, the Belarusian Ministry of Defence declared a „sudden check“ of non-strategic nuclear weapons, following a similar announcement by Russia.

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