Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Saturday that his army had shot down missiles fired from Ukraine at Belarus. These statements come amid speculation about Minsk’s growing involvement in the war between kyiv and Moscow.
“We are provoked. I have to tell you that about three days ago, maybe more, there was an attempt from Ukraine to hit military targets in Belarus. Praise be to God, our Pantsir anti-aircraft systems intercepted all missiles fired by Ukrainian forces,” he said, quoted by the state agency Belta.
We are provoked. I have to tell you that about three days ago, maybe more, there was an attempt from Ukraine to hit military targets in Belarus.
Alexandre LoukachenkoPresident of Belarus
“I repeat to you, as I said more than a year ago, we do not intend to fight in Ukraine”, he however assured.
Since the attack on the Kremlin against Ukraine on February 24, Belarus, an ally of Moscow, has served as a rear base for Russian forces. These had notably set off from Belarus to try to take kyiv, before giving up at the end of March in the face of Ukrainian resistance and withdrawing.
Mr. Lukashenko’s regime, under heavy Western sanctions, is very dependent militarily and economically on Russia. Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow would deliver “in the coming months” to Belarus Iskander-M missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.