Ukraine blows up border bridges with Belarus – Minsk


The move comes a day after Belarus accused Ukraine of plotting a strike on its territory

Ukrainian forces have destroyed almost all bridges and mined roads along the border with Belarus, Anatoly Lappo, chairman of the Belarusian State Borders Committee, said on Sunday. Minsk has accused kyiv of planning imminent strikes on its territory.

“Today, almost all border bridges have blown up, and border roads and railroads are completely mined,” Lappo said on Belarusian television, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

Ukrainian forces fortified the border “as they put anti-tank mines in three rows on the roads”, said Lapo.

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Belarus accuses Ukraine of planning attack

The troops that kyiv has sent to the border are “not border guards” Lappo asserted. “We are under pressure, they target our border guards, sometimes they shoot in the air, constant aerial reconnaissance is going on,” he added.

A day before the news broke, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry claimed that its ambassador to Belarus had been summoned to the Belarusian Foreign Ministry and handed over an official note saying that “Ukraine plans to carry out a strike on the territory of Belarus.” The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has stated that it “categorically reject” the prosecution, adding that it could be part of a Russian plan to “stage a provocation and accuse more” kyiv.

Earlier this week, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accused Ukraine of mustering tens of thousands of troops near the border. While Lukashenko allowed Russian troops to enter Ukraine from his territory at the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, he said last week that Belarus’ role in the conflict was limited to self-defense and refused to Ukraine the ability to “shoot the Russians in the back from the territory of Belarus.”

As tensions rise along the 1,000 kilometer border, the Belarusian Defense Ministry has said it has the capacity to deploy 500,000 trained troops. “if the need arises”.


RT

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