Not enough Belarusian troops at border to launch attack, Ukrainian interior ministry advisor says

5 July, 07:28 PM
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Belarusian artillerymen fire from Gvozdyka self-propelled howitzers during a recent military training (Photo:Belarusian Defense Ministry/Facebook)

Belarusian artillerymen fire from Gvozdyka self-propelled howitzers during a recent military training (Photo:Belarusian Defense Ministry/Facebook)

The number of Belarusian troops near the border with Ukraine is still not enough for Minsk to start hostilities against Ukraine, Vadym Denysenko, an advisor to Ukraine's Interior Minister, told Radio NV on July 4.

"So far, up to 7,000 military personnel have been deployed on the territory of Belarus on the borders with Ukraine," he said.

"There is no hammerhead there. Therefore, it would be at least not correct, not true, to talk about hostilities beginning there tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. That number of military personnel is clearly not enough to launch any offensive against Ukraine."

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At the same time, according to Denysenko, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has kept in place the infrastructure used by the Russian army ahead of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Lukashenko on July 3 said he had decided that Belarus should participate in Russia's war against Ukraine "some time ago."

He also stated that he had ordered his military to "aim at" the decision-making centers in the capitals of Minsk's opponents.

At the same time, Lukashenko said that Minsk "does not want to fight against Ukraine" and that "a bad peace is better than a good war."

The Ukrainian intelligence said that the threat of Belarus invading Ukraine from the north remains, although it is unlikely.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba believes that the risk of Belarus' direct participation in the war against Ukraine will grow in proportion to the possible successes of the Russian army.

Belarus has been conducting mass military exercises, which practice the "transition from peacetime to wartime" since the beginning of June. It was reported on July 1 that the exercises of the Belarusian armed forces at the country's training grounds had again been extended. They will continue until at least July 9, according to reports.

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