Belarus Leader Warns Ukraine Peacekeepers To Trigger World War III
Belarus’ authoritarian leader has warned that a Polish proposal to deploy a Western peacekeeping force in Ukraine could trigger World War III, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Photo Insert: President Alexander Lukashenko has allowed his ally Russia to use Belarus’ territory to launch an invasion of Ukraine.
President Alexander Lukashenko, who has allowed his ally Russia to use Belarus’ territory to launch an invasion of Ukraine, pointed Thursday at Poland’s offer of a peacekeeping mission made last week, saying “it will mean World War III.”
“The situation is very serious and very tense,” he added.
Under the tsarist regimes, the people of Belarus are known as White Russians while those in Ukraine are tagged ridiculously as Little Russians.
It was only in the 18th century that Russia insisted that Ukrainians are Russians even as Ukrainians existed long before Moscow was established in 1147. Only 17% of the people of Ukraine consider Russian as their mother tongue.
Lukashenko’s comment follows Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning at the start of the invasion of Ukraine that any foreign interference with Moscow’s military action would trigger an immediate Russian response that will lead to “the consequences you have never seen in your history.”
A few days after the start of the invasion, Putin ordered to put Russia’s nuclear forces on special regime of combat duty.