President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has deployed his “special operations forces along the Ukrainian border British military intelligence has confirmed on Monday.
Lukashenko who is an ally of Vladimir Putin said back in March that he will not get militarily involved with the war in Ukraine.
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The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in an updated intelligence report that Belarus have deployed “special operations forces along the Ukraine border, as well as air defence, artillery, and missile units to training ranges in the west of the country.”
In a military update from the UK Ministry of Defence, intelligence reports show the country has now deployed “special operations forces along the Ukraine border, as well as air defence, artillery, and missile units to training ranges in the west of the country.”
This suggests that Lukashenko’s troops could engage with Ukrainian forces as the “cannot deploy in support of operations in the Donbas” as a distraction tactic.
The Ministry said, “Belarusian President Lukashenko is likely balancing support for Russia’s invasion with a desire to avoid direct military participation with the risk of Western sanctions.”
Belarusian Prime Minister, Roman Golovchenko, said that Western sanctions imposed over the invasion of Ukraine have blocked between $16 and $18bn of Belarusian annual exports to Western countries.
Golovchenko was cited in an interview which was published by the state-owned Belta news agency, said, “Because of the sanctions, almost all of Belarus’s exports to the countries of the European Union and North America have been blocked.”
He added that the costs came to “about $16bn to $18bn a year.”