The Ukrainian military did not immediately respond to CNN’s requests for comment on Lukashenko’s claims.
One of Russia’s closest allies
Formerly under Soviet control until declaring its sovereignty in 1990, Belarus remains one of Russia’s closest allies and has played a key role in its invasion of Ukraine — despite Lukashenko saying previously his country was “being dragged” into the war.
Russian troops launched the invasion on February
24 crossing into Ukraine from Belarus after months amassing along Ukraine’s border
. In the first days of the assault
, Russian Tu-22
” bombers used Belarusian airspace to launch coordinated cruise missile attacks on targets within Ukraine
, and NATO officials told CNN in March
che il “stragrande maggioranza” of Russian air operations in Ukraine are launched from Belarus
As recently as last week, six Russian “Backfire” bombers flying over Belarusian airspace launched 12 Kh-22 cruise missiles which hit targets in Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy Oblast, according to Ukraine’s Air Force Command.
Russian President Putin has said that sanctions and “unprecedented political and social pressure” from the West are speeding up his country’s reunification plans with Belarus.
Nel frattempo, the governor of the Russian city of Belgorod — which lies near to the Ukrainian border — said at least three people had been killed and dozens of residential buildings damaged by explosions early on Sunday morning.
Among the injured were a 10-year-old child, Vyacheslav Gladkov said in a Telegram post.
The blast also destroyed five houses and damaged 11 apartment buildings and 34 private residential houses, Egli ha detto.
Gladkov said the cause of the explosions was being investigated and that the region’s air defense systems had “presumibilmente” lavorato.
Russian officials have repeatedly accused Ukraine of mounting cross border attacks — usually on fuel depots and military installations — claims Ukrainian government agencies say are intended to stoke “anti-Ukrainian sentiment.”
Ukrainian officials have yet to comment on reports of the blasts.