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17 January 2022, 13:36

Lukashenko comments on Ukraine's military build-up near Belarusian borders

MINSK, 17 January (BelTA) – Ukraine is building up its military presence near the Belarusian borders, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he heard out a report on the plan of a joint military exercise of the Belarusian and Russian armies on 17 January, BelTA informs.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, the situation on the southern borders of Belarus is concerning. “Ukraine is building up its military presence deploying forces of the national guard from ‘radical nationalists'. This is more striking than NATO's troops. All that is going on near the State Border of our country. They are allegedly going to fight against migrants. Migrants will not go there in any case. They are not going to Ukraine, and we understand that. Ukrainian people are leaving their own country, and they are going to ‘protect themselves from migrants from Belarus',” Aleksandr Lukashenko said ironically.

The special operation Polesye is being held near the Belarusian borders, up to 10,000 soldiers have been deployed in the near-border zone. “The dynamics is as follows: they are building up their military presence near the southern borders of our country,” the president said.

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