By Matthew Roscoe • 02 March 2022 • 10:39
Belarus join Russia in Ukraine attack. Credit: Maxar/ Twitter
BELARUS Armed Forces join Russia in the attack on Ukraine after entering the country from the Chernihiv region, according to a tweet from the Ukrainian parliament on March 1.
“Belarusian troops entered Chernihiv region,” the brief statement read. “The information was confirmed to the Public by Vitaliy Kyrylov, spokesman for the North Territorial Defense Forces.”
Latvian Defence Minister, Dr Atis Pabriks, claims that Belarusian troops have been seen crossing the border into Ukraine, according to the Mirror.
Pabriks told the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee: “This basically means we have two aggressors at this moment officially.
“I am very much concerned that Russian troops, following orders from the top, will go into the mode similar to that President Assad was using against his population.”
However, the news comes as a shock after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday, March 1 that the country had no plans to join the invasion of Ukraine.
According to Reuters, Belarusian state news agency Belta reported that Lukashenko had denied Kyiv’s allegations from Ukraine stating Belarus were supporting Russian attacks on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
Further reports, including one from the Sun, on March 1 suggest that Belarus have simply strengthened their borders rather than join the invasion
“Those are well trained rapid deployment groups which are ready to stop any provocation and any military action against Belarus,” Lukashenko said, according to state news agency Belta.
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