Battle for Minsk
Tu-95 Bear D

A Tu-95, Like this one, was used during the Soviet Air Campaign

September 21, 1993


October 2, 1993


Minsk, Belarus, USSR


Soviet Victory

  • Rebels Push toward the Capital
  • Byelorussian SSR is reinstated into power

Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union:

  • Flag of the Russian SFSR Russian SFSR
  • Flag of Byelorussian SSR Byelorussian SSR
  • Flag of Ukrainian SSR Ukrainian SSR
  • Coat of arms of the Soviet Union State Committee on the State of Emergency

Anti-Soviet Resistance:

  • Flag of Russia Russia
  • Flag of Belarus (1918, 1991-1995) Belarus
  • Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
  • Flag of the Soviet Union Gennaday Yanayev
  • Flag of Byelorussian SSR Alexander Lukashenko
  • Flag of Ukrainian SSR Vladimir Ivashko
  • Coat of arms of the Soviet Union State Committee on the State of Emergency:
    • Coat of arms of the Soviet Union Valentin Pavlov
    • Coat of arms of the Soviet Union Dmitry Yazov
    • Coat of arms of the Soviet Union Vladimir Kryuchkov
    • Coat of arms of the Soviet Union Oleg Baklanov
    • Coat of arms of the Soviet Union Vasily Starodubtsev
    • Coat of arms of the Soviet Union Alexander Tizyakov
  • Flag of Russia Boris Yeltsin
  • Flag of Belarus (1918, 1991-1995) Jazep Sažyč
  • Flag of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk

1.0 Million Troops

1.2 Million Troops

Casualties and Losses


Approx. 900

 The Battle for Minsk was an air-and-land battle that took place prior to the Battle of Moscow from September 21, 1993 - October 2, 1993 during the Baltic Wars which had expanded into the Soviet Union as part of the civil unrest since August Coup in 1991.


Battle Field in Belarus

Rebel Held Territories (In Blue) with Government Held Territories (Red)

The  Campaign

Belarus had been divided like much of the Soviet Union between Resistance and the Soviet Government. Belarus' Eastern and Southern Reaches were controlled by the Soviets, while the Resistance, controlled the Rest. In the Middle, was Minsk, controlled by the Soviets with the Resistance advancing toward it.


On September 21, 1993, the battle began when a Soviet soldier shot one of the Resistance members, causing them to storm into the city and begin their campaign.

Near the border, Soviet forces engaged Resistance forces for control over the "Russian-Occupied Sectors" of Belarus. One of the Russian Generals ordered tanks to stop Soviet advances by bombing one of their air bases in the central half of the country.

By September 28, the battle had become a stalemate, countless lives were now taken and as a result, the tide had to change. Gennaday Yanyev ordered the Soviet Air Force began a bombing of the City. Much of the key landmarks were destroyed, and forcing people out of the city, some joining the Resistance.

Russian MiG's controlled by the Resistance, began hitting the targets and took down much of the air force, The Air Campaign executed by the Soviets allowed their ground forces to push through the defenses and reclaim most of the country.

In the damaged streets of Minsk, tanks began firing at each other and soldiers fought each other viciously. Boris Yeltsin feared that a victory would cost the allies deeply and plunge them into chaos.

The Soviets launched a second round of air strikes to stop the advancing Resistance forces. The battle shifted toward Latvia and Lithuania.

Turning Point

One of the border cities was the first to fall to Soviet forces. As the Soviet Army met, the eastern half of the country was still in battle. The Soviets had a new strategy, block the Resistance and prevent them from advancing or leaving. The air force bombed Resistance bases and strongholds, forcing them to flee to Moscow