Lukashenko may order mobilization any moment, says Belarus opposition member

8 January, 12:18 PM
Lukashenko visits the military (Photo:Andrei Stasevich/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS)

Lukashenko visits the military (Photo:Andrei Stasevich/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS)

The Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko may order mobilization in the country at any moment, a member of Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya's cabinet in exile, told German news outlet RND on Jan. 7.

Pavel Latushko, the former culture minister of Belarus, said he believes the Belarusian dictator is waiting for a sign from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to openly join the invasion of Ukraine, RND wrote.

He also said that many employees of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the country’s interior ministry, were ordered to hand over their passports.

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"It means if mobilized, these people wouldn’t be able to flee Belarus," the politician said.

The Russian military presence is constantly growing in the country, he recalled.

However, he said that according to his estimates, 85% of Belarusians are against the war.

Latushko also criticized Ukraine’s partners who "do not pay attention to Lukashenko, as they do not impose any new sanctions, and no pressure is exerted on him."

In December, the head of Ukraine's Armed Forces General Valerii Zaluzhnyi said in an interview with UK news magazine the Economist that Russia could potentially renew its offensive from Belarus to Kyiv. He also considers it possible Russia might launch an offensive from the south.

Andriy Demchenko, spokesperson of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, called the situation on the border with Belarus under control.

Speaking on Jan. 6, he said that Ukrainian border guards haven't noticed any threatening movements of Belarusian military personnel or vehicles.

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