MINSK, 4 November (BelTA) – Ukrainian military has staged a provocation at the Belarusian border, the State Border Committee of Belarus told BelTA.
CCTV cameras installed at the border crossing Glushkevichi (Maidan-Kopyshchansky on the Ukrainian side) detected a Ukrainian armored personnel carrier BTR-80 at 13:23 on 29 October. The APC was accompanied by a group of armed people in uniforms. After stopping in front of Ukrainian engineer obstacles the APC turned around and drove back deep into the Ukrainian territory at 13:33. In response to this provocation Belarusian border guard personnel went to their gun posts in anticipation of a possible aggression. They were ready to eliminate military hardware and personnel once those violated the border. Reserves were brought to combat readiness.
The Belarusian side has repeatedly stated that poor discipline of the Ukrainian territorial defense forces and other paramilitary units on the other side of the border is conducive to provocative situations and may result in a firefight.