No imminent threat of Belarus invading Ukraine, US says

10 January, 06:09 AM
Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko during a visit to a training ground in the Brest region where Russian troops are stationed, January 6, 2023 (Photo:Andrei Stasevich/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS)

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko during a visit to a training ground in the Brest region where Russian troops are stationed, January 6, 2023 (Photo:Andrei Stasevich/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS)

The United States sees no evidence that Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko is preparing to invade Ukraine, Voice of America correspondent Jeff Seldin reported via Twitter on Jan. 9, citing a senior U.S. defense official.

According to the source, despite the ongoing joint Russia-Belarus military exercises, U.S. intelligence suggests no signs that Belarusian troops are planning to invade Ukraine.

Earlier, Ukrainian commander tasked with defending Kyiv, Lt. Gen. Oleksandr Pavlyuk, said that the threat of an invasion from Belarus remains low, despite the Russians pooling military equipment into the country and conducting maneuvers.

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

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

In December 2022, the Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine's Armed Forces, Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi, said in an interview with The Economist that Russia could potentially mount another push towards Kyiv from across the Belarus border. 

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