Ukraine Fires Missiles to Strike Military Facilities in Belarus; Lukashenko Say Zelensky Wants to Drag Minsk Into War

Ukraine fired missiles at military installations of Belarus three days ago, Minsk claimed on Saturday. All of the missiles launched by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were intercepted, said Belarus and accused Ukraine of purportedly making provocative act against Minsk.

Underlining that Belarus does not want war with Ukraine, President Alexander Lukashenko warned Kyiv of severe retaliation and stressed that Minsk would fight if its own territory was invaded following the missile strike.

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Belarus Calls It A Provocative Act

Detailing Ukraine's provocative act, Lukashenko stated "They are provoking us. I have to tell you, three days ago, maybe a bit more, an attempt to strike military facilities on Belarusian territory was made from the territory of Ukraine."

Pantsir Anti-Aircraft Systems Intercepted Missiles

But he thanked God and praised Pantsir anti-aircraft systems, which intercepted all missiles of the Ukrainian armed forces.

Lukashenko, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, also clarified that no Belarussian troops are fighting in Ukraine along with the Russians. Although, it's well-known fact that Belarus allowed Russia to use its territory in late February as Moscow sent some of its troops into Ukraine on February 24 via Belarus.

Lukashenko's claim of Ukraine's missile strike could not be verified as he didn't release any images or videos of the incident. So far Ukrainian Armed Forces have also not commented on the matter.

Ukraine Trying to Drag Belarus Into The War

Assuring that Belarus will not go to war with Ukraine, Lukashenko claimed Kyiv is concerned that Belarussian troops could invade them through the northern border.

He continued to say that "They are still trying to drag us into the war in Ukraine. The goal is to get rid of both Russia and Belarus at one fling. They in Ukraine are allegedly concerned that Belarusian troops could invade them through the northern border," according to Belta.

He also went on to say that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his politicians "follow the one and only policy: the more Ukrainians die, the more he will shout to the world about the atrocities of fascists from Russia and Belarus."

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This article was first published on July 3, 2022