Contents tagged with Belarus

  • Kyiv: Belarus removing tanks from storage to hand them over to Russia

    Belarus has taken its tanks and infantry fighting vehicles out of storage. They can be handed over to Russia, said the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    "The removal of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles from the storage bases of the Republic of Belarus has been observed. Their further transfer to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is not ruled out," the General Staff said in a statement.

    These tanks and infantry fighting vehicles might be used to replenish the Russian …

  • Lukashenko accuses the West of trying ‘to dismember Ukraine’

    During a summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko called on the participating countries to form a united front, arguing that Russia should not fight against the expansion of NATO alone.

    Lukashenko believes that this unity would serve to ensure that sanctions would not be imposed against the Russian Federation and Belarus.

    Lukashenko also said that the United States and Western countries are sabotaging negotiations with …

  • Belarus deploying special operations forces to Ukrainian border

    The Belarusian Defense Ministry  announced that it is deploying "units of special operation forces" to the border with Ukraine due to an alleged threat coming from the Ukrainian troops on the Belarusian border.

    "The group of troops amassed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Southern Operational Direction with a total number of up to 20,000 people also requires a response from us. In order to ensure the security of the Republic of Belarus in the Southern direction, units of the special …

  • Belarusian President says he did not expect Russia's invasion of Ukraine to 'drag on'

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he did not expect Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to “drag on this way”. Belarus is a staunch ally of Russia and has allowed Russian forces to use the country as a base of operations to launch attacks against Ukraine. Minsk also provides transport and logistical support for the Russian military.

    Lukashenko told the Associated Press that he was doing “everything” he could do to stop the war, which commenced on February 24th when Russia launched its …

  • Belarusian security services stepping up war against ‘railway partisans’ as Russia continues invasion of Ukraine

    After the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including from the territory of Belarus, a "railway war" has begun in Belarus. Russian troops are using the infrastructure of the Belarusian Railway, and some Belarusians are trying to prevent this, writes the news outlet Viasna.

    To slow down and prevent the movement of Russian military equipment into Ukraine, the Belarusians are disabling the railway equipment. In the first days of the war, Belarusian security forces said that such …

  • Belarus expels 12 Ukrainian diplomats

    Belarus has expelled 12 Ukrainian diplomats, leaving the Ukrainian embassy in Minsk with only the ambassador, Igor Kizim, and four additional employees, Ukrainskaya Pravda reported. The Ukrainian Consulate in Brest is to close its doors.

    In a statement, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry explained, "For a number of years, numerous unfriendly actions aimed at the irresponsible destruction of interstate relations with Belarus have been recorded. It has come to the point where the Ukrainian …

  • Ukrainian intelligence: Belarusian troops preparing to enter Ukraine at any moment

    Belarusian troops may enter the territory of Ukraine very soon, believe the U.S. and NATO intelligence services as well as Ukrainian intelligence. As a source in the Belarusian opposition told CNN, the Belarusian combat units are ready to enter the territory of Ukraine in the next 1-2 days. According to a senior NATO representative, the Belarusian authorities "are preparing the pretext for justifying an attack on Ukraine."

    The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) also said that there are signs …

  • International Chess Federation bans Russian and Belarusian national teams

    The International Chess Federation has banned the Russian and Belarusian national teams from official competition until further notice, according to a release from the Federation (FIDE).

    “Taking into account the current recommendations of the IOC [International Olympics Committee], the FIDE Council suspends the national teams of Russia and Belarus from participation in official FIDE tournaments until further notice,” the statement read.

    The statement also noted that individual Russian and …

  • Belarus asks Russia to accelerate economic support

    Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko has requested that his Russian counterpart, Mikhail Mishustin, accelerate economic support plans that were to be implemented at a later date, Interfax reported.

    “Given the high vulnerability of the Belarusian economy to external shocks, we are counting on the support of the Russian Federation in this difficult state,” Golovchenko stated after a meeting with Mishustin.

    Golovchenko specifically called for delaying the restructuring of Belarusian debt, …

  • Lukashenko: Belarus does not intend to take part in Russia’s ‘special operation’ in Ukraine

    The Belarusian army did not take part in the Russian "special operation" against Ukraine and does not plan to do so, said Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, reports the Telegram channel Pool 1.

    "The Belarusian army did not take part in the "special operation" and does not intend to do it," Lukashenka said and added that Belarus is protecting the state border from Brest to Mazyr on its own.

    "The hybrid war that has been started against Belarus, especially the sanctions war in the …