Lukashenko comments on movement of Belarusian troops along Ukraine border

22 December 2022, 06:06 PM
Dictator Lukashenko (Photo:Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS)

Dictator Lukashenko (Photo:Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS)

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has held a meeting on the snap inspection of the combat readiness of the Belarusian army and the movement of units along the border with Ukraine, his press service reported on Dec. 22.

"If you want peace, prepare for war,” he said at the meeting.

“(The phrase was) not invented by me and not by you either. Thus, I want to respond to the various rumors that appear in our society, especially on the Internet, about the movement of the Armed Forces of Belarus and the joint movement of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia.”

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Lukashenko said Belarus and Russia "have conducted and are conducting drills," but now they are "due to the current situation and threats of a larger scale."

"Therefore, we are conducting exercises on our territory,” Lukashenko saod.

“We move both the joint group of armed forces and our armed forces where we consider it necessary. Period. No other plan, no conspiracy.”

Lukashenko said he had begun to see signs that "aggression could be unleashed" against Belarus, and alleged he could see "such readiness" on the part of the country’s neighbors.

On Dec. 7, Belarus announced the movement of troops and military equipment, citing a "counterterrorist threat."

The reason for such actions of the Belarusian army is the alleged increase in tension along the Ukrainian-Belarusian border.

On Dec. 15, the Belarusian 38th Airborne Assault Brigade, which had been deployed towards the border with Ukraine as part of a snap check of combat readiness, was reportedly returning to its base in Brest.

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