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Ukrainian officials say Russia’s main motive for trying to drag Belarus into the war is rooted in the need for it. there is a Belarusian army at your disposal.
“Behind the attempts to drag Belarus into the war is Moscow’s desire to cover up the lack of its military capabilities,” the adviser said. President of Ukraine Volodymyr ZelenkyThis was announced on Wednesday by Mikhail Podolyak. “Russia needs the utilization of the Belarusian army and the loss of power by the Lukashenka regime.”
Kyiv is sounding the alarm that Belarus might decide to go to war to help Russia’s “special military operation,” and this week Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said a “big war” was just around the corner.
Russian troops launched part of their initial invasion of Ukraine from the border with Belarus, and Moscow re-equipped its troops there after failing to take Kyiv about a month into the war.
But Lukashenko, the only European leader to voice support for Putin’s war in Ukraine, largely stayed out of the hostilities until he allowed Russian aircraft to launch missiles into Belarusian airspace in late June.
On Tuesday, the controversial leader, who has been accused of corruption in the wake of an allegedly rigged presidential election in 2020, echoed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s talking points and accused the West of fueling a global war.
“The West is bringing the world closer to the abyss of a big war in which there will be no winner,” Lukashenko said, according to a Business Insider report. “The events that are unfolding today around Belarus and Russia require the utmost vigilance and concentration.”
Lukashenko has accused the West of leading “Drang nach Osten,” a term coined by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during World War II as the conflict spread to Eastern Europe.
Zelensky said last month that Ukrainian forces were “preparing for all the risks of an invasion” from their northern neighbor.