Russia is recruiting citizens of Belarus to participate in the war against Ukraine, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov told Ukraine’s LB.ua outlet in an interview published on Sept. 7.
“It’s true – Russia is currently recruiting citizens of Belarus to participate in military aggression against our country,” he said.
“But those they (Russians) recruit are sent through their territory, because there are not so many of them.”
According to Danilov, Ukraine is watching how events will unfold.
“I can say: at 6.30 a.m., all NSDC members receive the relevant reports for the past day, and the territory that was once Belarus, which is now occupied (by Russia), in my opinion, is a separate item there – what’s happening there today,” he said.
The NSDC secretary said the regions bordering Belarus had recently been inspected on the instructions of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in order to assess Ukraine’s readiness to meet an open offensive from the territory of Belarus.
“So far, our intelligence believes this will not happen,” he said.
“But life will show, we’ll see.”
At the same time, Danilov said he thought the war with Russia would end with Ukraine’s victory and would not last for years.
“You know I’m very careful about this,” he said.
“I’ll tell you that, first of all, it will be a difficult war. Secondly, the victory will be ours. Thirdly, there won’t be a quick victory, but it definitely won’t last for years.”
The NSDC secretary added Ukraine must do everything possible to prevent Russia from attacking again.