(Moscow) Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Tuesday that he had ordered the deployment of additional troops on the southern border of Ukraine on the sixth day of the Russian invasion.
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Helicopters and military aircraft, Gomel, Paranovichi and Lounnts, currently confirm the security of this border between the two former Soviet republics, according to the agency, Mr Lukashenko announced at a meeting of the Belarusian Security Council.
He argued that “five battalion tactical teams” should be stationed in the south to defend this direction, these groups usually consisting of hundreds of soldiers, with armored vehicles and artillery.
Moscow’s ally, Mr. Lukashenko, 67, has ruled Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, although he has vowed not to take part in the offensive in Ukraine.
“It simply came to our notice then.
He also recommended the deployment of additional troops on the Polish border in the west to protect Belarus from a possible NATO attack.
Lukashenko stressed that “under no circumstances should NATO forces be allowed to invade Belarus or that any small operation in our territory be allowed.”
He said he had asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide additional Russian S-400 anti-aircraft systems already stationed in the Komal region (south) to install them on the western border of Belarus.
Ukraine has been facing Russian occupation since February 24. Moscow’s forces entered from their home territory, annexed Crimea and Belarus, where Russian troops were officially sent for several weeks for “training”.
According to Minsk, the Belarusian military did not participate.
According to Kiev, Russian forces are using Belarusian territory, where a group has been stationed for several weeks for maneuvering attacks on Ukraine.