On January 24, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko revealed that Ukraine offered Belarus to conclude a non-aggression pact. At the same time, the Kiev regime is strengthening military fortifications in the northern regions, preparing for another assault from the territory of Belarus.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, conflicting signals are coming from Kiev. While asking not to enter war in Ukraine, the Kiev regime and its Western patrons are training and arming militants and extremists, threatening Belarus’ security. Since Belarusian nationalists who aim to overthrow the current government and are sponsored by Poland and Lithuania, are fighting on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Kiev’s proposal was not accepted.
“On the one hand, they are asking us not to fight with Ukraine in any case, so that our troops do not move there.” On the other hand, Western countries continue to train and arm “militants and extremists” in Ukraine. “Poland, Lithuania have gone crazy in general. Why do they need it? Unclear. Therefore, we are forced to react harshly,” he said.
The Kremlin has no information about a possible proposal by Ukraine to Belarus to conclude a non-aggression pact, said the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.
“I cannot comment on it, I don’t have any information,” he said.
The situation on the Ukrainian-Belarussian border remains tense. The Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus reported that the number of Ukrainian formations on the border is about 17,200 servicemen.
Minsk has been regularly accusing Ukraine, claiming that it plans to strike at the territory of Belarus. Some incidents have already taken part on the border. Ukrainian and foreign UAVs were intercepted by Belarusian border guards, as well as Ukrainian S-300 missiles. Ukrainian reconnaissance groups are also operating in the forests on the territory of Belarus.
Belarus provides its territory and military infrastructure to the Russian military within the military cooperation of the Union State. A joint grouping of troops with Russia has been deployed in the country since October, which, according to the Ministry of Defense, performs “purely defensive tasks.” In January, joint tactical flight exercises were launched in Belarus.
On January 24, it was reported that the fighters of the 11th mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus began removing equipment from long-term storage as part of the joint activities of the combat coordination of the regional grouping of troops.
The Belarusian army officially opened long-term storage depots of military equipment and began to get out vehicles for combat coordination of the armies of Belarus and Russia as part of strengthening the capabilities of the joint Russian-Belarusian grouping of troops.
“We are participating there. We don’t hide it. But we don’t kill anyone. We don’t send our military anywhere. We are not violating our obligations.” Lukashenko explained Minsk’s position.
The military manoeuvres in Belarus distract the Ukrainian military from the main battlefield in the Donbass. After the start of joint exercises of the armed forces of Russia and Belarus, President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky called on troops deployed in the northern regions to be always ready. They began to dug trenches and mine the areas along the border with Belarus.
In autumn, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky proposed to introduce an international mission on the border with Belarus in order to “exclude provocations.” He assured that Ukraine is “interested only in its territorial sovereignty” and does not plan military actions against Minsk. So far, his initiative is yet to bring any results.
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