“They understand perfectly well: if they unleash a war again in Donbas or somewhere on the border with Russia, Belarus will not be left on the sidelines. And it is clear on whose side Belarus will be. They understand this, so they began to strengthen their northern, Belarusian-Ukrainian border. Although there are no facts for this, there is no reason today. There is absolute silence and even quieter than it was before," Lukashenko said.
Lukashenko set the task for the military "to remain ready at any time to respond to a threat to the country's security."
“You must understand perfectly well: we are military people. God forbid what happens, we take up arms. Do not forget about territorial defense - these are our good reserves," the Belarusian leader said.
He also noted that Belarus does not ring with weapons, but is ready to respond.
“I have no such information about Russia's planned attack on Ukraine. But if there were such plans, the Belarusian military, including me, would know about this, we would be informed," Lukashenko added.
As we reported, Politico published new satellite photos taken by Western experts on Monday confirm recent reports that Russia is again concentrating troops and military hardware on the border with Ukraine. The images were taken by Colorado-based US space technology company Maxar Technologies.
Later, US intelligence revealed Russia's plans for a possible military invasion of Ukraine, which may take place in early 2022. According to sources, it is a probable attack from the annexed Crimea, across the border from Russia and through Belarus.
Russian investigative group Conflict Intelligence Team reported that Russia continues to transport military equipment to the border with Ukraine.