Ukraine’s rulers have said that they see signs that Belarus is now preparing to invade. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ruling class of Belarus has not responded to the allegations.
There are “signs of preparation” that Belarus will carry out the “direct invasion of the territory of Ukraine,” the Ukraine Defense Ministry wrote on social media, according to a translation. It did not provide evidence for its claim, nor did it provide other details. “The direct involvement of Belarusian troops in Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine, against the will of ordinary soldiers and the vast majority of the Belarusian people, will be a fatal mistake for Alexander Lukashenko,” the ministry added.
Just how much of a propaganda war is this?
Belarus shares a lengthy border with Ukraine. Russian forces were seen amassing in Belarus in the weeks leading up to the start of the conflict on February 24th, although so far, it appears no Belarussian forces have been deployed in Ukraine. According to a report by The Epoch Times, Lukashenko said last week that his country had intercepted a missile that was fired from Ukraine, claiming the move is an attempt to draw his country into the conflict. “I warned you that they would push us into this operation, into this war,” Lukashenko told Belarusian soldiers via state news agency BelTA.
“There’s nothing for us to do there, and we haven’t been invited,” Lukashenko was quoted as saying by the outlet, reported Reuters. “I want to emphasize again … We are not going to become involved in this operation that Russia is conducting in Ukraine.” Over the weekend, Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus since the early 1990s, praised Putin in an interview with Japanese broadcaster TBS. Lukashenko, who once kept his distance from the Kremlin, is now one of Putin’s closest allies.
Prepare for this to shift into high gear at any time. Further and more intense conflict will only make the already strained global food supply that much more bogged down. Get what you can and prepare to help others. Many are still unprepared or unable to stockpile some food.