Russia pushing for Belarus to enter war - Ukraine intel

Defense Intelligence of Ukraine said in a statement that they are seeing measures that are being taken by Russia to try and convince Belarus to join the war.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow (photo credit: SPUTNIK/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/ VIA REUTERS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow
(photo credit: SPUTNIK/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/ VIA REUTERS)

A statement was made by Vadym Skibitsky, the spokesman for the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, on the Ukrainian military television program called "Under the Gun," according to the official site of Defense Intelligence of Ukraine.

What did he say in his statement?

"We see measures being taken by the Russian Federation to force the leadership of Belarus to enter an open war," he said. "Meetings between Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko are constantly held, where this issue is discussed and Putin is trying to persuade Lukashenko to this decision.

"To date, according to the military intelligence of Ukraine, six battalions are concentrated near our border. These are mechanized battalions, these are battalions of airborne troops of the so-called command of special operations forces."

Skibitsky continues, "Lukashenko is ready to give everything that he has, let it be used by the Russian Federation, but so that the armed forces of Belarus do not directly enter the war against our country.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shake hands during a joint news conference in Moscow, Russia February 18, 2022. (credit: SPUTNIK/SERGEY GUNEEV/KREMLIN VIA REUTERS) Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shake hands during a joint news conference in Moscow, Russia February 18, 2022. (credit: SPUTNIK/SERGEY GUNEEV/KREMLIN VIA REUTERS)

"How long such a situation will be, will depend on how events at the front will develop and, in general, how events will develop in Russia's war against our state."