There are fears Belarus could be poised for a “covert mobilisation” in Ukraine as President Alexander Lukashenko has ordered “military drills” near to the border of the Kyiv region.
According to reports Lukashenko’s men “continue to be in the border areas [of Ukraine] of the Brest and Gomel regions,” and Gomel is north of Kyiv.
The General Staff said, “According to available information, the military commissariats of the specified regions are studying the possibilities of covert mobilisation of the population.”
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The New York Times reported that there are “military drills” near to the border of Kyiv and this is “raising tensions and putting the Ukrainian authorities on high alert” for an attack by Belarus.
Spectator Assistant Online Editor Lisa Haseldine was asked this week if Belarus could join forces with Russia.
She concluded this would be a “hugely risky move” for Lukashenko in terms of his popularity at in Minsk and said he would rather “wait the whole thing out,” but she added, this “may change things still.”
Vladimir Putin has said he will send missiles to Belarus which are also capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
In a televised interview the Russian leader said, “Many Su-25 [fighter jets] are in service with the Belarusian military.
“They could be upgraded in an appropriate way.
“This modernisation should be carried out in aircraft factories in Russia and the training of personnel should start in accordance with this.”
On Saturday morning Belarus launched co-ordinated missile strikes with Russian forces into Ukraine the Ukrainian intelligence agency announced today.
The missile attack on Ukraine from Belarus on Saturday morning was a large-scale provocation by Russia aimed with further involvement of Belarus in the Ukraine war.
The Main Intelligence Agency of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine said this was the first time airstrikes were launched against Ukraine directly from Belarus.
The intelligence agency said, “On the night of June 25, a mass missile attack was mounted on the territory of Ukraine. In particular, the Russian aircraft operated directly from the territory of Belarus.
“Six Tu-22M3 aircraft were used to launch twelve X-22 cruise missiles. The attacks were mounted from the district near the town of Petrikov, not far from Mozyr, approximately 50-60 kilometers from the state border of Ukraine.
“The aircraft took off from the Shaykovka Airport in Kaluga region, Russia. They crossed the territories of Kaluga and Smolensk regions and entered the air space of Belarus.”