Kyiv sees high risk of attack on western Ukraine from Belarus | Russia-Ukraine war News
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office said there was a high risk that an attack on the Volyn region was launched from Belarus.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office said Ukraine was at high risk of an attack on the Volyn region in western Ukraine launched from Belarus.
The Invasion of Russia mainly focused on the northern, southern and eastern regions of Ukraine, although missiles last week also hit the Yavoriv military base, close to the Polish border.
It remains unclear whether Ukraine sees a threat to attack Volyn from Russian forces Belarusians The military has so far not publicly committed to supporting Russia.
Belarus has served as a staging ground for Russian troops, missiles and aircraft, both before and after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, but the country has not deployed its forces in the past. active battle.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday said his country intercepted a missile fired at them two days ago from Ukraine, but it would fend off what he called an attempt to draw it into the conflict. cross the border.
Lukashenko said the missile was intercepted and destroyed by Belarus with the help of Russia in the Pripyat region, near the border with Ukraine.
Last week, the Kyiv government accused Russia of orchestrating “fake flag” air strikes on Belarus from Ukraine to create an excuse for Moscow’s close ally, which played a role in staging Russian forces’ entry into Ukraine. , join the conflict.
“I have warned you that they will push us into this operation, into this war,” state news agency BelTA said.
“There was nothing for us to do there, and we were not invited,” Lukashenko is quoted as saying. “I want to stress again… We will not participate in the operation that Russia is conducting in Ukraine.”
However, he believes that Belarus’ patience is not without limits. It is not clear how Ukraine will benefit if Belarus actively participates in the war.