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Ukrainian officials warned on Sunday that Belarusian troops are preparing to invade early in the fifth week since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s troops first descended into Ukraine last month.
In a statement shared on Facebook, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said there were signs suggesting that Belarusian troops were preparing for a “direct invasion” of Ukrainian territory.
Belarus borders Ukraine to the north and is reportedly used as a stopover for Russian troops.
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The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has issued a harsh warning to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
“It would be a fatal mistake for Alexander Lukashenko to be directly involved in Russia’s armed attack on Ukraine, contrary to the will of the army and the majority of the Belarusian people,” Putin said in a close statement. Mentioned allies.
According to the Ukrainian online newspaper Pravda, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army has rated the threat level of “attacks in the direction of Volin from the Republic of Belarus” high.
This was after Lukashenko recently lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union and blamed the conflict in Ukraine and elsewhere for “the monopoly of our planet by the United States,” according to Reuters. Lukashenko also explained in an interview with the Japanese TV channel TBS. Putin as a friend defended him against Western leaders who doubted his mental and physical health.
“He and I have not only met as head of state, but also have a friendly relationship,” Lukashenko said of Putin. “”
“Putin is perfectly healthy and feels better than ever,” he continued. “”
In the last few weeks of breaking away from isolation, Putin held a pre-war rally in Moscow on Friday to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. Russian battlefield and increasingly prestigious domination.
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In reports of low morale in the Russian class, Ukrainian defense officials claimed on Sunday that they had obtained a document stating that Russia had ordered the deployment of young cadets to Ukraine.
Putin has repeatedly said the military is not using cadets, but photos of documents posted online show that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has signed an opposition order. In Ukraine.
Fox News’s Peter Aitken and The Associated Press contributed to this report.