Ukrainian intelligence warns Russia wants to lure Belarus deeper into war by carrying out terrorist attacks on infrastructure

20 November 2022, 04:38 PM
Ostrivets NPP in Belarus (Photo:ГУР МО)

Ostrivets NPP in Belarus (Photo:ГУР МО)

Russia plans to stage a series of terrorist attacks in Belarus in the near future – artificially provoked man-made disasters at critical infrastructure facilities, Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence (HUR) announced on Nov. 20.

The likely sites of the “incidents” are supposed to be the territories bordering with EU countries and Ukraine (in particular, Grodno and Brest oblasts). One of the main targets is the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, according to the HUR.

“The Russian secret services are behind the development and implementation of the ‘project’, while the Belarusian KGB was simply notified,” the HUR said.

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“Citizens of NATO countries and Ukraine, who will supposedly be disguised in Belarusian military uniforms, will be, as is traditional, be deemed responsible for these attacks.”

The Belarusian KGB, Ministry of Internal Affairs and border troops have already been put on high alert, says the HUR. According to the developers of the “project”, all this should accelerate the involvement of the Belarusian army in the war against Ukraine on the side of the Russians, as well as create the necessary public support for the Kremlin in Belarusian society.

Ostrovets NPP was built in 2000 based on a Russian project and funded by Russian money. International experts say that the construction took place with gross violations of technological and environmental rules, the HUR said.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on safety at the Belarusian Ostrovets NPP and expressed deep concern about the start of its commercial operation. Immediately after the start-up, several serious accidents occurred at the station, accompanied by equipment explosions.

The HUR reported at the end of June that in order to draw Belarus into the war, Russia planned to blow up residential buildings in Mozyr.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Nov. 16 said that an invasion from Belarus does not make sense now.

However, he confirmed that the number of troops deployed there had increased.

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