Ukraine is preparing for a possible invasion from the Belarusian border.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine are forced to withdraw military units to the northern border in case of an offensive, Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko said in an interview with Sky News.
“We are concerned [положением на белорусской границе]. We must keep our military units in northern Ukraine, moving them there from the front line just to be sure that they [армии России или Беларуси] don’t step on and try to cut the line [обороны Украины]”, – said the diplomat.
In addition, on Thursday the head of the administration of the Rivne region, which borders on Belarus, Vitaly Koval spoke about the fortifications under construction.
“We continue to prepare for the defense of the settlements of the Rivne region. In the north, we are actively building engineering and fortification buildings. Residents of the communities of the Varash and Sarny districts have united and are helping to dig trenches for the military. Only one day more than 150 volunteers came,” he wrote in his Telegram channel.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine also mined the north of the Kyiv region, which also borders on Belarus.
Belarus is letting more and more Russian equipment into its territory, Prystaiko noted in an interview. According to him, the country allows the Russian army to shell Ukraine from their territory. But the shelling is carried out not by the Belarusian military, but by the Russian ones, the ambassador stressed.
In October, the head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin agreed to create a regional grouping of troops with Russia. After that, Russia began the transfer of equipment and troops to Belarus. At the end of December, for the first time in more than three years, Putin flew to Minsk for a personal meeting with Lukashenka. Security issues were one of the main topics.
In Ukraine, Putin’s visit to Belarus was called an attempt to persuade Lukashenka to help the Russian army as much as possible. According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, a number of military infrastructure facilities of the republic are already actually under the control of Russia.
The level of military threat from Belarus is gradually growing, Lieutenant-General Sergei Naev, Commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said at the end of December. He stressed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are taking adequate measures to reduce this threat.
Prior to this, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny spoke in an interview with The Economist about a possible Russian offensive from Belarus.