The war in Ukraine. Sviatlana Cichanouska on the involvement of Belarus in the Russian invasion and the authorities in Minsk
Belarusians are against the Russian war. Belarusians do not support Russia. Contrary to Russia, you cannot see any pro-war moods here – said Swiatłana Cichanouska on TVN24 BiS. The leader of the Belarusian opposition also spoke about the condition of the government in Minsk. On Monday, it was reported that Alyaksandr Lukashenka approved the draft agreement with Russia on the establishment of training and combat centers for the joint preparation of the Russian and Belarusian military.
Swiatłana Cichanouska she talked on TVN24 with Jan Niedziałek, who asked her, among other things, about the stability of the Belarusian regime. “I would say that the regime is weak at the moment, it does not feel confident, it is very unstable,” she replied.
– People within the government understand that it was (Alexander) Lukashenka who dragged the country into the war and they know that the consequences will be very bad, not only for him, but also for them. They do not want to bear responsibility together with the authorities, so they are looking for a way out of this situation. Dozens of officers (KGB – ed.) Have already escaped. Many have already provided information about the Russian army, she described.
Cichanouska pointed out that among Belarusians “there is no will to participate together with Putin and Lukashenka in the war against Ukraine“- The authorities are now restricting the movement of people. They are afraid of those who know too much. They are afraid that these people may cross the border and join the Ukrainian forces. At the same time, we must remember about visas: if someone has a Schengen visa in their passport, it means that he may be disloyal to the Belarusian authorities, she explained.
And that meant, as she said, “that the regime will probably end”. – And changes in the dictatorship are happening very quickly. There will be many possibilities for that to happen. We must be ready to take advantage of the situation, she emphasized.
“Belarusians are against the Russian war”
The leader of the Belarusian opposition was asked further whether a full-scale attack on Ukraine, which would be led by Belarus. “The attacks from Belarus began in February and have never ended since then,” she replied.
– Russians launch missiles from Belarusian territory. Over two thousand Russian soldiers are currently participating in exercises in Belarus, she mentioned. She added that the presence of Russian soldiers in these areas “poses a danger not only to Ukraine, but also to Belarus”.
Cichanouska admitted that she had doubts as to whether the Belarusians would join the war together with Russia. – Our people neither have the equipment nor are they motivated, they do not support the Russian invasion. If the soldiers are ordered to enter Ukraine, it will be suicide for Lukashenka, because many soldiers could decide to go to the other side, she said.
– Belarusians are against the Russian war. Belarusians do not support Russia. Contrary to Russia, we do not see any pro-war sentiment here, we do not see the signs “Z” (a symbol of the Russian invasion – ed.). Belarusians like Ukrainians, they understand very well who is a real threat, who is an enemy – she emphasized.
Lukashenka has accepted the draft agreement with Russia on training centers for soldiers
On Monday, Alexander Lukashenka, as reported by independent Radio Swaboda, citing the Belarusian state agency BiełTA, approved a draft agreement with Russia on the establishment of training and combat centers for joint military preparation from Russia and Belarus.
The project, as described, is to be the basis for further talks conducted by the Ministry of Defense in Minsk. However, the defense ministry has been authorized to sign an agreement with Russia once the parties reach an agreement on a project approved by Lukashenka.
According to the Ukrainian military intelligence, there are approximately 4,300 Russian soldiers in Belarus, 80% of them recently mobilized. The interview assessed that at the present stage there is no risk of an incursion into Ukraine from the territory of Belarus, but the situation may change.
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