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Lukashenko to inspect 5th Special Operations Brigade in Maryina Gorka


On 24 July Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko is set to go on a working trip to Pukhovichi District where he will inspect the 5th Special Operations Brigade in Maryina Gorka, BelTA reports.

The head of state will be told about the structure, staff and main tasks of the brigade. The president will also see the weapons and gear of the special forces units and visit the museum of history and military glory of the brigade. After that the head of state will meet with the staff of the brigade.

During the trip, Aleksandr Lukashenko is set to visit the Aquamarine swimming pool in Maryina Gorka and discuss the prospects of building more social infrastructure facilities in the region.

The 5th Special Operations Brigade was established in Maryina Gorka in 1963. The brigade fought in Afghanistan in 1985-1988 (the 334th separate special operations unit was established for this purpose). In the early 1990s the brigade performed the government's task to restore order in the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic.

In September 2002 Aleksandr Lukashenko presented a new banner and a letter of commendation to the brigade. Since May 2007 the brigade has been part of the special operations forces of the Armed Forces of Belarus.

The brigade is meant to perform intelligence and reconnaissance tasks both in the enemy rear and at home.

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