MINSK, 27 February (BelTA) - Aleksandr Lukashenko confirmed that missiles were launched from the territory of Belarus at targets in Ukraine, but that was a forced step, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told reporters at a polling station in Minsk on 27 February, BelTA has learned.
"At 23.00 [in the evening of 23 February], on the eve of the conflict (it was already dark), indeed, two or three missiles were launched from the territory of the southern areas, where Russian troops were deployed for the exercise," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
According to the Belarusian leader, Ukraine deployed several missile battalions, 10-15km away from the border with Belarus. Aleksandr Lukashenko said that, according to the intelligence, the Ukrainian side was preparing to strike at the territory of Belarus within the following few minutes, where part of the Russian group remained after the exercise.
"I didn't give them the command to launch missiles. I said, ‘Yes, guys, we see this.' And that's when the Russians launched two or three missiles at these targets. They were destroyed. But who is to blame for this? Why did you unleash this war?" Aleksandr Lukashenko said.