Images emerged of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko standing in front of a battle map that appeared to show a planned invasion of Moldova, along with Ukraine.
Lukashenko, a close ally of the Russian President Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich Putin McCarthy slams GOP members speaking at white national conference: Defense and National Security Night – Ukraine Stands As Russian frustration grows, Ukrainian leaders press lawmakers to support no-fly zone MoreHe was reportedly addressing his Security Council Tuesday while standing in front of a battle map of Ukraine.
The map apparently shows plans for troop movements and infrastructure targets in Ukraine, as well as targets in the breakaway region of Transnistria in Moldova.
Some Russian lines of attack have already occurred in the map, while others have not yet, including the incursion into Moldova – the former Soviet country and Ukraine’s neighbor to the south – from the port city of Odessa.
Russia has already used Belarus as a location from which to quickly send its troops across the border into Ukraine, having insisted that the large number of forces assembled there were for joint military exercises.
Reports emerged this week that Belarus is preparing to send troops to Ukraine to support the Russian invasion.
Close relations between the country and Moscow prompted the attack the US State Department to suspend operations Monday at its embassy in Belarus.
European Union too Announce plans On Monday, to impose new sanctions on Belarus over its role in the war, including measures against exports, oligarchs and banks in the country.
Belarus’ state-run Belta news agency reported that Lukashenko said none of the country’s military units had yet moved to Ukraine, but could mobilize in two to three days if necessary, as Reported by Daily Express.
Meanwhile, the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) said that it has not yet seen indications of the presence of Belarusian forces in Ukraine.
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