Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a prominent admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been notably addressed by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. On the fifth week after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military men initially managed to land on Ukraine last month, Ukrainian officials have warned on Sunday that the Belarusian military was completely ready to invade.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense claimed in a Facebook post that there were evidence that the Republic of Belarus’ armed forces were preparing for a “direct invasion” of Ukrainian land. Belarus, which borders Ukraine to the north, is said to have served as a staging ground for Russian soldiers.
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The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has delivered a strong warning to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
“The direct participation of Belarusian forces in Russia’s armed assault against Ukraine, contrary to the wishes of the military and the great majority of the Belarusian people, would prove to be a deadly error of Alexander Lukashenko,” this same statement stated of Putin’s long time friend.
Based on the most recent Ukrainian online publication Pravda, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine evaluated a high threat level for “an attack from the Republic of Belarus in the Volyn direction.”
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met with top military leaders in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday, January 17, 2022. Alexander Lukashenko accepted the concept of “Allied Resolve 2022,” a combined operational exercise of Belarus and Russia’s armed forces.
According to Reuters, Lukashenko recently lamented the dissolution of the Soviet Union and blamed problems in Ukraine and elsewhere on the “monopolization of our world by the United States of America.”
Lukashenko also hailed Putin as a buddy and backed him against Western leaders who questioned his mental and physical competence in an interview with Japanese television station TBS.
Belarus was a member of the Soviet Union before becoming independent in 1991, when the USSR dissolved. It has maintained close economic and political connections with Russia since then. Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland are three NATO member nations that were previously communist states.
While those nations and others that were once part of the Soviet bloc have joined NATO and the EU, Belarus has remained firmly under Moscow’s control. Belarus is strategically crucial to Russia’s military operations.
It has a border with Ukraine that is over 700 miles long, and Kyiv is closer to Belarus than it is to Russia. More than 30,000 Russian troops came in Belarus throughout the winter under the pretense of joint training exercises.
“He and I have not only met as leaders of state, but we are pals,” Lukashenko added of Putin. “I have complete access to all of his information, both state and personal.” “Putin is incredibly fit, he’s in better form than he’s ever been,” he added.
“This is a fully sane, healthy individual, who is also physically healthy – he is an athlete. He’ll get a cold at all of our funerals, as they say here.” In a departure from his recent seclusion, Putin organized a pro-war rally in Moscow on Friday to commemorate the eighth anniversary of Moscow’s takeover of Crimea.
The incidents occurred in the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has resulted in higher-than-expected Russian casualties on the battlefield and more authoritarian governance in Russia.
In the midst of accusations of low morale among Russian troops, Ukrainian defense authorities said Sunday that they had discovered documents indicating that Russia had authorized the deployment of young cadets to Ukraine.
Putin has often stated that the army does not use cadets, but images of documents obtained online show that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu signed an order to the contrary. Yunarmia cadets aged 17 and 18 will be sent to the front lines in Ukraine as part of the deployment.