Belarusian president commits troops to aid Russia as Vladimir Putin renews attacks on Ukrainian cities

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Monday that his nation will commit troops to aid in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.

Reuters reported that Lukashenko, a staunch ally of Putin and a fellow autocrat, accused the Ukrainian government and its Western allies of plotting to attack Belarus.

“Strikes on the territory of Belarus are not just being discussed in Ukraine today, but are also being planned. Their owners are pushing them to start a war against Belarus to drag us there,” he said without presenting any evidence. “We have been preparing for this for decades. If necessary, we will respond.”

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Lukashenko’s proclamation follows new Russian attacks on civilian targets in multiple Ukrainian cities in response to the destruction of the Kersch Bridge connecting Russian-annexed Crimea to Russia over the weekend. Putin called the bombing a “terrorist act,” despite his floundering forces’ genocidal actions in his “special military operation.” Ukraine, led by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has waged remarkably successful counteroffensives in its eastern territories after Putin conducted sham referenda in an attempt to incorporate the regions of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia.

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