Ukraine war: Fears of Belarus ‘invasion’ escalate as battle prepares for devastating next step | World | News

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A provocative attack on Ukraine from Belarusian soil is a real possibility and risks taking the war in a new direction, a senior defense official has warned.

Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Main Intelligence Agency of the Ministry of Defense, said that the Kremlin’s false flag operation should not be prohibited, since there is a large number of Russian troops and facilities in Belarus.

While describing a different situation, Yusov brought up comments made by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) last week, which said that intel reveals a plan to bring a third country – into the conflict.

The SBU, citing information gathered from sources including a captured Russian serviceman, said saboteurs would target the Mozyr Oil Refinery in Belarus and blamed Ukraine .

Yusov told Ukrinform: “As for missiles from the territory of Belarus, it may be an electronic launch or a report of a launch, as Russian troops, forces and means for various types of stimulation are based on territory” of this country in order. to draw him to war against Ukraine.

“Physically, it could not be there, but everything could be arranged as if the launch took place from the territory of Belarus. “

Landlocked Belarus is a strong ally of Moscow, bordering Ukraine to the south, Russia to the east, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the north.

On Telegram, the SBU said that a “sabotage and intelligence group” of Russian special forces was sent to Belarus under the guise of being Wagner Group mercenaries, ahead of an attack on the oil refinery.

“SBU personnel received information about a planned terrorist attack in Belarus from several sources,” the intelligence service said.

“In particular, [information was gained] from the testimony of a Russian serviceman, who was taken prisoner by Ukrainian defenders in the direction of Zaporizhzhia.”

Last week, Poland sent fighters to its border after accusing its neighbor of violating its airspace, which Minsk denied.

There is serious concern about the “extremely dangerous” Wagner fighters based in Belarus, with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arguing that their transfer to NATO has been “destabilised”.

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