Belarus Orders New Military Command Bordering Ukraine

Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday ordered the creation of a new military command for the south of country, bordering Ukraine.

“A new front has opened, and we can’t fail to pay attention to it,” Lukashenko, wearing military uniform, told a televised meeting of defence officials. He said the new command had been proposed last year but needed to be set up immediately.

“Even before creating it, we are obliged today – quickly, on the run, to work out the defence of our southern borders,” Lukashenko said.

Belarus is a close ally of Russia and allowed it to launch the northern prong of its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine from Belarusian territory. Any build-up of Belarusian forces near the border will further stretch Ukraine’s military as it defends against Russian attacks focused on the Donbas region hundreds of miles (km) to the east.

Belarus said earlier this month it planned to deploy special operations troops in three areas near the border with Ukraine, as Lukashenko talked up the role of Russian-made missiles in boosting the country’s defences. Belarus has officially denied its involvement in the war against Ukraine, but Alexander Lukashenko has admitted that he allowed Russia to use its military infrastructure to strike at Ukraine.

In early May, it was identified that at least 631 missiles had been launched from the territory of the Republic of Belarus at the territory of Ukraine.

On April 29, the leader of the united Belarusian opposition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, called on the United States to impose the same harsh sanctions on the Lukashenko regime as it did on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

Also, the Prime Minister of Belarus recently said that the country is actively cooperating with the Russian Federation in the defence industry and is actively selling weapons to it.

Golovchenko said that the military-industrial complex of Belarus is in demand not only inside the country, but also for the needs of the Russian Federation.

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