Lukashenko admits Russian troops invaded Ukraine through Belarus in 2022

17 August, 11:30 PM
Alexander Lukashenko (Photo:REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo)

Alexander Lukashenko (Photo:REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo)

A portion of Russian forces that invaded Ukraine in February 2022 crossed into the country from Belarus, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with pro-Russian propagandist from Ukraine Diana Panchenko, published on Aug. 17.

This is the first time Belarus has officially admitted its overt assistance to Moscow in the war against Ukraine.

"Yes, from the territory of Belarus individual units [of the Russian Armed Forces] crossed the border of Ukraine," said Lukashenko.

As to why enemy troops moved into Ukraine from the north, through Chornobyl, Lukashenko said the question should be addressed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It’s unclear what the Belarusian dictator was alleging here.

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At the same time, Lukashenko asserts that he did not discuss the invasion of Ukraine with the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin before it started and didn’t know about its preparation.

“You saw his speech on TV [announcing the invasion has begun.]; I did too — that's the first thing [I heard about it],” he said.

“I swear to you, we never had a conversation about Russia taking some actions against Ukraine and a few days later we met in his suburban residence to discuss the situation.”

According to him, the Russian leader asked Lukashenko to "cover him, if something suddenly happens."

Lukashenko's regime supports Russia in the full-scale war against Ukraine. Russian forces advanced into northern Ukraine from the territory of Belarus. Installations from which missiles are launched at Ukrainian cities are located there. Russia utilizes Belarusian airfields, air space, infrastructure, and hospitals for its full-scale aggression, and transports its weapons and equipment through Belarusian territory.

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