Lukashenko claims Ukraine tried to strike Belarus military targets, all missiles intercepted

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarussian President

© APA | Alexander Lukashenko, Belarussian President

# 02 July 2022 21:14 (UTC +04:00)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has stated that the Ukrainian Armed Forces tried to land strikes on several military targets in Belarus territory around three days ago, APA reports citing Sputnik.

He added that the attacks failed and that all missiles had been intercepted by the Pantsir S-1 (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound) air defense system.

Lukashenko stressed that Minsk does not want to wage war against Ukraine and that not a single Belarus soldier ventured into its territory.

"They are still trying to drag us into the war in Ukraine. The goal is the same - to deal with both Russia and Belarus in one fell swoop. […] Ukrainian politicians and the president have one policy: the more Ukrainians die, the more they will cry out about the atrocities of "fascists" from Russia and Belarus," Lukashenko said, stressing that Kyiv's actions are orchestrated from abroad.

He noted, however, that Minsk and Moscow must be ready to offer a mirror response in case western countries act aggressively. For its part, Belarus already has its enemies' decision-making centers in its crosshairs, the president added.

The Belarus president went on to say that the West has failed in its attempts to unite the world against Belarus and Russia. He added that NATO and the EU now want to organize new provocations to prolong the conflict in Ukraine and "drown [Belarus] and Russia".

Lukashenko claimed that the West needs victory in the Ukraine to get to its main rival – China.