Despite Lukashenko's allegations that Kyiv fired rockets at the neighboring country, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy does not assume an attack by Belarusian troops. But the provocations would certainly continue. Meanwhile, Great Britain is putting together the next package of sanctions.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy does not expect neighboring Belarus to intervene in the war with Russia. "We believe that Belarus will not be drawn into this war. But there are provocations and they will continue," said Zelenskyy in a video address at an event organized by The Economist group in Athens.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accused Ukraine of launching rocket attacks on his country on Sunday. However, the missiles were intercepted, he said. Russia-ally Belarus served as a base for Russian forces after the Kremlin's offensive against Ukraine began on February 24. Ukraine, for its part, claims that rockets have repeatedly been launched into Ukrainian territory from Belarus. "Many rockets of different calibers were fired from Belarusian territory and caused a lot of suffering to Ukraine," said Zelenskyy. He called on the Belarusian population "to do everything possible not to be drawn into this war". However, Ukraine is "ready" in the event of an attack.
Lukashenko, who is loyal to Russia, recently shot the West verbally. "Less than a month ago I gave the order to the armed forces units to target - as you can now say - decision centers in their capitals," said the 67-year-old, among other things. Meanwhile, Great Britain has announced a new package of sanctions against Belarus. The reason for this is Lukashenko's support for the Russian attack on Ukraine, the government said in London. Among other things, Lukashenko's regime deployed troops and fired rockets.
The new package includes import and export bans on goods worth around £60million. Oil refinery products, high-tech components and luxury goods, as well as Belarusian iron and steel, among others, are affected. In addition, the issuance of debt instruments and securities for other Belarusian companies in London will be banned. Britain last imposed sanctions on Lukashenko and high-ranking government officials in May.