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Despite the fact that Belarus is already participating in one way or another in the war against Ukraine, at the moment there is no threat of a ground operation from the Belarusian state.
About this Andrei Yusov, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, spoke in an interview with the Belarusian opposition publication Nexta.
He was asked what provocations are expected from the Russian Federation on the Independence Day of Ukraine, given that the Russian side is trying not to be predictable in its attacks.
"There is a full-scale war in Ukraine, from February 24 and everyday. Regardless of the date, there are threats of massive air attacks and missile strikes. There are still stocks, albeit much smaller, of precision-guided weapons in Russia. But there are still a lot of old Soviet missiles that are not high-precision and there is such a threat all the time”, — he explained.
At the same time, Yusov noted that risks are still higher on Independence Day.
“There is a possibility of missile strikes, but regardless, Flag Day and Independence Day are just a weekday. You need to pay attention to air raid signals, now the whole country and the military… And on August 26 and 27 and on other days, you also need to be careful and also respond to air raid alerts, — explained the representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense.
He also commented on the likelihood of an attack from Belarus, saying that there is no such threat now.
“Strategically, I am sure that Belarus will be a civilized European democratic country, but before that there is a very long way to go. Today, this state is directly dependent on the Russian Federation in many aspects and, obviously, does not have democracy”, — Yusov noted.
According to the representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate, the Ukrainian authorities are working out various scenarios, including invasions from Belarus. Although Andrei Yusov added that Belarus is already participating in the war, providing its airfields for air strikes on Ukrainian settlements, repairing Russian damaged military equipment and for recruiting Belarusians to participate in direct hostilities against Ukraine.
"Unfortunately, the state of Belarus is already drawn into the war against Ukraine. As for the ground operation, today there is no such threat directly, but in the future, if it appears, we will respond properly”, — said Andrey Yusov.
Prepared by: Sergey Daga