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Belarus threatens Ukraine with local conflict over drills near Belarusian border

Source : 112 Ukraine

At the end of November, Ukraine has launched a special operation on the border with Belarus against the background of the a migration crisis
16:30, 8 December 2021

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The Belarusian Security Council has accused Ukraine of "unfriendly relations" over the training of Ukrainian servicemen near the Belarusian border. The department also threatened a possible local conflict, BelTA reports.

According to the Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Oleksandr Wolfovich, Ukraine allegedly "began to take an unfriendly position" on Belarus.

"We mainly focused on protecting the western borders - with Poland, Lithuania. Today, our southern neighbor Ukraine began to take an unfriendly position towards Belarus, although Belarusians and Ukrainians have always lived in peace, harmony and good neighborliness," Wolfovich said.

He said that Ukraine is conducting exercises "practically on the state border of Belarus" and that this is allegedly under the guise of "fighting illegal migration."

"For some reason, the Ukrainian leadership decided to hold them almost on the state border under the guise of combating illegal migration, deploying armed groups, heavy weapons, involving helicopters and fighter jets ... It's good that there were no firearms. It can lead to a local conflict. I wouldn’t want that," Wolfovich added.

As it was reported on November 24, Ukraine has launched a joint special operation "Polissia" on the border with Belarus. It involves forces of the National Guard, National Police, Armed Forces and border guards.

Later Belarus has accused a Ukrainian military helicopter of flouting its border during maneuvers and flying one kilometer (0.62 miles) into Belarusian territory. The committee said that a Ukrainian Mi-8 military helicopter crossed the state border at an altitude of about 100 meters, making an unauthorized incursion of up to one kilometer into Belarus.

At the same time, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine denied the information of the Belarusian side about the violation of airspace by a Mi-8 helicopter.

Related: Belarus imposes trade embargo on goods from "countries performing unfriendly actions"

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