On Saturday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accused his neighbor Ukraine of carrying out missile attacks on military targets. During a speech on the occasion of his country’s Independence Day, he also threatened attacks on Western countries if Belarus was attacked.
According to an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the “provocations” from Ukraine occurred three days ago “or perhaps a little earlier.” He added, according to the state-run Belta news agency, that all the missiles were intercepted. The dictator did not provide any evidence.
Lukashenko also stressed that Belarus does not want to get involved in the conflict in Ukraine, “but will fight if its territory is invaded.” Europe’s last dictator said: “Less than a month ago I ordered the armed forces to target what I can now call decision-making centers in their capitals.” But he did not say what he meant by that.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there have been fears that Belarus will be officially involved in the conflict. Lukashenko has already admitted to firing Russian missiles into Ukraine from Belarus in the first weeks of the war.