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Ukrainian officials said Russia’s main motive for trying to involve Belarus in the war is rooted in its need to have the Belarusian army at its “disposal”.

“Moscow’s desire to cover up its lack of military capabilities is at the root of attempts to involve Belarus in the war,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenkyy’s adviser Mikhail Podolyak said Wednesday. “Russia needs the disposal of the Belarusian army and the loss of power of the Lukashenko regime.”

Kiev has sounded the alarm that Belarus may decide to go to war to aid Russia’s “special military operation” and this week Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko hinted that a “great war” was on the horizon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko pose for a photo during their meeting in Moscow, Russia on Friday, March 11, 2022.
(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, photo of the Kremlin pool via AP))

BELARUS LAUNCHES MILITARY EXERCISES ON THE BORDER WITH UKRAINE, TESTS THE READY OF THE TROOPS

Russian troops launched part of their initial invasion of Ukraine from the Belarusian border, and Moscow reassembled its troops there after failing to bring Kiev about a month into the war.

But Lukashenko, the only European leader to express support for Putin’s war in Ukraine, had largely remained out of the war effort until at the end of June he allowed Russian aircraft to launch missiles into Belarusian airspace.

On Tuesday, the controversial leader – accused of corruption following allegedly rigged presidential elections in 2020 – re-proposed the speeches of Russian President Vladimir Putin and accused the West of instigating a global war.

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The bodies of unidentified men, believed to be Russian soldiers, arranged in a Z, symbol of the Russian invasion, lie near a village recently recaptured by Ukrainian forces on the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Monday 2 May.

The bodies of unidentified men, believed to be Russian soldiers, arranged in a Z, symbol of the Russian invasion, lie near a village recently recaptured by Ukrainian forces on the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Monday 2 May.
(AP / Felipe Dana)

BY JULY, THE UKRAINIANS ARE PREPARING FOR THE INVASION OF THE EARTH GUIDED BY BELARUS, CARRYING OUT THE WAR OF PUTIN

“The West is bringing the world closer to the abyss of a great war in which there will be no winner,” Lukashenko said according to a Business Insider report. “The events taking place today in Belarus and Russia require extreme vigilance and concentration.”

Tanks move during the Union Courage-2022 Russia-Belarus military exercises at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training camp in Belarus on Saturday, February 19, 2022. Russia has deployed troops to its ally Belarus for extensive joint military exercises that take place on Sunday, fueling The West fears Moscow could use the drill to attack Ukraine from the north.

Tanks move during the Union Courage-2022 Russia-Belarus military exercises at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training camp in Belarus on Saturday, February 19, 2022. Russia has deployed troops to its ally Belarus for extensive joint military exercises that take place on Sunday, fueling The West fears Moscow could use the drill to attack Ukraine from the north.
(AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr)

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Lukashenko accused the West of leading a “Drang nach Osten” term coined by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during World War II as the conflict spread to Eastern Europe.

Zelenskyy said last month that Ukrainian forces were “bracing themselves for all the risks of an invasion” from its northern neighbor.

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