On the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine, Alyaksandr Lukashenka wished “a peaceful sky, tolerance, courage, strength and success in restoring a dignified life” to citizens. Advisor to the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolak, referring to these words, said that “Lukashenka really believes that the world does not see his involvement in crimes against Ukraine.”
Wednesday is Independence Day Ukraine. This day is also six months since Russian invasion of this country.
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In connection with the holiday in Ukraine, the Belarusian leader issued a statement on this matter Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
“I am convinced that today’s contradictions will not be able to destroy the centuries-old foundation of good-neighborly relations between nations (Belarus and Ukraine). Belarus will continue to advocate the preservation of the agreement (with Kiev) and the development of friendly and respectful contacts at all levels. (…) I wish Ukraine a peaceful sky, tolerance, courage, strength and success in restoring a dignified life, said Lukashenka, quoted by the Ukrainian Truth.
Podolak: it’s a clown steeped in blood
These words were referred to by the advisor to the president of Ukraine, Mykhailo Podolak.
“Lukashenka really thinks that the world does not see his involvement in the crimes against Ukraine. That is why he cynically wishes” peace and quiet “while shooting at us. This blood-soaked clown is recorded and will have its consequences. in a comment on Twitter.
The role of Belarus in the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Although the Belarusian army did not support Russia’s forces in the invasion of Ukraine, the authorities in Minsk made their territory available to Moscow. In late February, an attack was launched from Belarus on the northern part of Ukraine, including the Kiev region. Russian troops also fired on Ukrainian cities, including civilian objects, from there.
Russia wants to involve Belarus in the war against Ukraine in order to fill its personnel shortages, “utilize” the Belarusian army and absorb Belarus – assessed Podolak on July 13. Five days later, the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, declared that if Belarusian troops decided to join the aggressor, Kyiv would cut off diplomatic relations with Minsk.
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