Belarus’ Lukashenko rules out sending troops into Ukraine
Dictator Lukashenko (Photo:REUTERS/Didor Sadulloev)
There are no plans to send the Belarusian army to fight in Ukraine, self-proclaimed President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, said on Nov. 4, as reported by Belarusian news agency Belta.
"Today they are shouting: ‘Lukashenko wants to send his soldiers to Ukraine!” said Lukashenko.
“As I have already said 1,200 times: I have no such plans.”
Lukashenko then claimed that Belarusian opposition is “sending Belarusians to their deaths” by encouraging people to volunteer to fight for Ukraine.
"These are also someone's children,” he said.
“But there is no one to complain to. As president, I did not send you there. We have no business there in Ukraine. And we do not need to send people to fight there. Why am I accused of this? Because they (Belarusian opposition leaders) themselves send these guys there.”
Throughout the war, Russia has been using Belarus as staging grounds to first invade northern Ukraine in February-March, and subsequently – to launch air and drone strikes at Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure.
On Oct. 4, Lukashenko admitted that Belarus is involved in the war against Ukraine:
"As for our participation in the special military operation in Ukraine – we are taking part in it,” he said.
“We do not hide it. But we do not kill anyone. We do not send our military anywhere.”
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