According to Zagorodny, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was forced to cross out his good relations with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. “Maybe he personally had a different point of view. But the puppet regime is called that because someone else is pulling the strings, ”the politician said.
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September 16, during a meeting with the political activists of the Republic of Lukashenko statedthat Ukraine, contrary to the spirit of relations between the two countries, has become an outpost of political provocations. The President classified Ukraine as one of the US satellites, which have been jointly preparing for the current “time of H” over the past ten years. The next day Lukashenka applied to the peoples of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine with an appeal not to let the war start and to stop their politicians.
In response to these statements, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov named Lukashenka’s words about Kiev’s interference in Minsk’s affairs are nonsense and invited him to “drink some water”. “We think about Ukraine and wish only peace and prosperity to Belarus. <...> Ukrainians are friends of Belarusians, do not manipulate by blaming your neighbors. Look for the beam in your own eye, ”Avakov said.
Protests in Belarus have continued since August 9. On that day, the multi-day presidential elections ended, as a result of which Lukashenka, who has been in power for 26 years, won. Those who disagree with the results regularly organize rallies and protest rallies.
Even before the presidential elections, at the end of July, a group of 33 people was detained on the territory of Belarus. In the Belarusian KGB statedthat the detainees were employees of Wagner’s private military company (PMC). With regard to detainees aroused criminal cases on preparation of a terrorist attack and riots. The state agency BelTA wrote that the Russians came to Belarus to destabilize the situation on the eve of the presidential elections. The Kremlin considered the detention of the Russians groundless.
Belarus let go detained “PMC militants” on August 14. 32 of the 33 detainees returned to Russia. One of them, in addition to Russian, has Belarusian citizenship, so he remained on the territory of the republic. The Ukrainian authorities demanded the extradition of nine detainees, Kiev suspects them of terrorism. Vladimir Zelensky named Minsk’s decision to hand over the detainees to Moscow is unfair. Zelensky called the whole situation around the return of the Russians detained in Belarus “a story in which trust and objectivity were neglected.”