Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko is attempting to avoid direct involvement in the war against Ukraine, Ukrainian Military Intelligence (HUR) spokesperson Andriy Yusov said on national television on Jan. 21.
He called rumors of an invasion by the Belarusian military to be a Russian psychological operation, and noted that the size of that country's strike grouping and the readiness of its troops and weapons prove that there is no threat from Belarus.
"It is in the interests of (the Russian dictator Vladimir) Putin and the Russian Federation to weaponize the Belarusian issue," Yusov said.
"But (the Belarusian) dictator Lukashenko doesn't seem to be much into this game. We have recently seen him trying to deceive (the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey) Lavrov at a meeting by expressing his loyalty to Putin, on the one hand, while claiming he sees no threat from Ukraine, on the other hand. It means he isn't into suicidal moves."
However, Yusov added that Ukraine is ready for any future developments, and has considered all possible scenarios.
On Jan. 19, Lukashenko allegedly said that the West is trying to use Ukraine against Belarus. But he added that Ukraine "is still holding on" and "does not respond to the provocations."