Ukraine is tightening up the defence of its border with Belarus over fears that Russia might be preparing a fresh assault, a federal government official has actually stated.

Replacement Inside Preacher Yevhen Yenin told the BBC Ukraine would be strengthening the Belarusian border with armed forces as well as ammunition.

The information came as Vladimir Putin took a trip to Minsk to meet Belarusian Head of state Alexander Lukashenko.

Belarus shares a boundary with Russia as well as Ukraine.

The Russian president later on bought the conditioning of Russia’s borders and also of social control within Russia. He claimed the security solutions need to promptly combat any type of effort to breach Russia’s boundaries, fight threats originating from abroad, and recognize traitors and also saboteurs.

He likewise claimed the unique solutions need to ensure the safety and security of individuals living in the parts of Ukraine that Moscow declares as its very own. In a few of these areas, most especially Kherson, Russia recently suffered considerable armed forces turns around.

Russia’s support ministry revealed that its soldiers posted in Belarus would certainly carry out joint armed forces exercises with Belarus.

Responding to this as well as the go to Mr Yenin validated: “We are building up our protection lines all across the border with Russia and also with Belarus.”

While Belarus has not end up being associated with the battle straight, it did enable Russian troops to utilize its region to launch the intrusion in February.

Russia and Belarus holding joint military drills in February 2022
Minsk is coming under boosting stress from Moscow to tip up its support in the “special military procedure”.

However Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov rejected the reports “as completely dumb, groundless fabrications”.

Head of state Putin flew to Minsk for talks with Head of state Lukashenko – the very first time in three-and-a-half years both have satisfied in Belarus.

Map of Belarus, Ukraine and RussiaThe meeting has actually been called a “functioning see” and lasted for greater than two hours.

Speaking at a joint interview President Putin stated Russia did not want to “absorb” any individual. He also said that unspecified “opponents” intended to stop Russia’s combination with Belarus.

Talking later Monday, United States state department representative Ned Cost claimed Putin’s statement was the “elevation of irony” given he was presently looking for to soak up Ukraine.

Something rare occurred today: Vladimir Putin hopped on an airplane and also flew to Minsk. Now, President Putin as well as Head of state Alexander Lukashenko fulfill a whole lot – yet in Russia.

For the very first time in three-and-a-half years, below was President Putin in Belarus. So why did he go … as well as why currently?

There were few clues at the joint press conference as both leaders talked a great deal concerning economic connections, profession, however also protection.

Head of state Putin showed that some Belarusian armed forces airplane have actually been re-equipped to potentially lug nuclear missiles and that Russia is assisting to educate their teams.

In return, President Lukashenko thanked him for providing Belarus with an S-400 air protection system and Iskander ballistic rocket system.

The word “Ukraine” was barely discussed – in public.

Yet the visit has actually sustained conjecture that the Kremlin leader may be attempting to press the leader of Belarus right into signing up with a possible new ground offensive in Ukraine.

This might certainly be simply a rumour. Or a tactic by Moscow to make Ukraine expect a Belarusian offensive therefore bind Ukrainian soldiers in the north.

However, there are apparently a number of thousand Russian soldiers already in Belarus and also there have been joint exercises.

Until now Alexander Lukashenko has actually hesitated to commit his very own troops to fighting in Ukraine.

All eyes get on Minsk to see if that continues to be the situation.

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Last Updated: 20 December 2022