Ukraine claims Russia launched missiles to implicate Belarus in war

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (right).| Photo: EFE/EPA/SERGEY GUNEEV

Ukraine said on Friday (11) that Russia launched a missile attack from Ukrainian airspace towards Belarus with the aim of dragging that country into its military offensive on its territory. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has accused Russia of attacking the Belarusian village of Kopani and that a military response from the neighboring country could take place as early as this evening.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a close ally of Vladimir Putin, has repeatedly denied that his country intends to participate in the offensive against Ukraine or has ever done so. The Belarusian Defense vehemently denied there was a missile attack on Kopani, which is close to the Ukrainian border, calling the report false.

“The Defense Ministry stressed that the published information about the attacks on the territory of the Republic of Belarus is another provocation and an attempt to agitate Belarusian society,” the ministry’s press office said.

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