The United Kingdom indicated, on Monday, that the Belarusian president is considering his support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in order to avoid direct military participation in the conflict due to the risk of being exposed to Western sanctions.
And the British Ministry of Defense, citing information from the latest military intelligence report, published on the social network Twitter, information that Belarus announced the deployment of special operations forces on the border with Ukraine, as well as air defense, artillery and missile units in Iraq. west of the country.
“It is likely to determine the presence of Belarusian forces near the border [o posicionamento] of Ukrainian forces that cannot be sent to support operations in Donbass”said the report.
The document added that, despite speculation, “until now, Belarusian forces have not taken a direct part in the conflict”, despite the use of Belarusian territory by the Russians in their initial advance on Kyiv and Chernizhev.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will likely weigh support for the Russian invasion with his desire to avoid direct military intervention with the risks of Western sanctions, a Ukrainian response, and potential dissatisfaction in the Belarusian military.said the report.
Russia launched a military attack on Ukraine on February 24 that killed more than 3,000 civilians, according to the United Nations, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.
The military offensive has caused more than 13 million people to flee, more than six million of whom are outside the country, according to the latest United Nations data.
The international community in general condemned the Russian invasion, and responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and tightening economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
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