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Belarus: We do not participate in the invasion of Ukraine, but we may do

“Our armed forces do not participate in this operation, but they may participate if necessary,” Lukashenko, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said.

Moscow has deployed tens of thousands of troops to Belarus, in preparation for the invasion of Ukraine.

According to Kiev, Russian forces are using Belarusian territory, where units of them have been stationed for weeks, to conduct military exercises, in their attack on Ukraine.

According to Lukashenko, the Russian president called him on the phone earlier, “gave him a very detailed briefing on the situation” and told him that the goal of the invasion was “to put an end to the genocide of the population in Donetsk and Lugansk.”

The pro-Russian breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine have been at war with Ukrainian forces since 2014, and Putin recognized their independence on Monday.

For days, the Russian president has been repeating accusations that Ukraine has committed a genocide against Russian speakers.

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