Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to “help Russia against Ukraine”

Photo: AP Photo / Ivan Petrov

Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus’s forces are ready to help Russia in Ukraine.

Belarussian forces could potentially join the offensive Russia has launched against Ukraine if they deem it necessary, Lukashenko was quoted as saying by Reuters, quoting Belarussian news agency Belta.

Lukashenko is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies. 

Belarus borders Ukraine, and Russia has troops in the area. In the early hours of Monday, Russian tanks rolled across the border from Belarus into Ukraine, according to Ukrainian border guards.

According to Lukashenko, the Russian troops in Belarus are “probably involved” in the offensive that Russia launched on Thursday against Ukraine.

Background: Russian attack on Ukraine

In the middle of the night, around 4 AM Norwegian time, in an extraordinary television address, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was launching a military operation in Ukraine.

Putin announced the attack on Ukraine during an extraordinary session of the UN Security Council.

Ukraine has closed its airspace to civilian flights. CNN journalists report explosions in Kyiv and at least six other Ukrainian cities.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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