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Belarus Issues Dire World War III Warning as It Gets Ready to Send Troops to Ukraine

Barbie Latza Nadeau, Jamie Ross, Shannon Vavra·5 min readIn this article:
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  • Alexander LukashenkoAlexander LukashenkoPresident of Belarus since 20 July 1994
  • Vladimir PutinVladimir PutinPresident of Russia
Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters
Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

The Putin-backed president of Belarus has warned that World War III could be about to begin as he reportedly prepares his troops to assist with Russia’s mass-scale invasion of Ukraine.

President Alexander Lukashenko warned that the crisis in Ukraine could spark a global conflict, writing in a statement: “Russia is being pushed towards a third world war. We should be very reserved and steer clear of it. Because nuclear war is the end of everything.”

Despite the dire warning, the increasingly rogue leader—who allowed Russia to amass its military hardware and launch an attack from his side of the border—is expected to send troops into Ukraine, according to The Washington Post, citing an unnamed Biden administration official who said, “It’s very clear Minsk is now an extension of the Kremlin.”

<div class="inline-image__credit">Umit Bektas/Reuters</div>
Umit Bektas/Reuters

The threat of Belarus joining the invasion cast a shadow over Monday’s peace talks which began on the Belarus border town of Gobel shortly before 1 p.m. local time.

The talks, which were not attended by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky or Russian President Vladimir Putin, were assisted by Russian-Israeli billionaire Roman Abramovich, who owns Chelsea Football Club. Abramovich attended at the request of Ukraine, according to the Jerusalem Post, which cites his close ties to the Jewish communities in Russia and Ukraine, of which Zelensky is part.

Ukraine’s first request was an immediate ceasefire, which was denied as bullets and missiles continued to rain down across the country, especially in Kharkiv, which came under heavy cluster bomb attacks Monday afternoon, according to CNN. On social media, several Western journalists posted images too gruesome to repost of an elderly woman whose devastating wounds that blew off her legs eventually proved fatal.

Really graphic images coming from near centre of Kharkiv right now — hit, it would seem, by a Russian rocket strike. Corpses. Women without legs. I’m not going to post it. But my god. All this during peace negotiations.

— Oliver Carroll (@olliecarroll) February 28, 2022

Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei opened the session with a message meant to calm nerves. “Dear friends, the President of Belarus asked me to welcome you and to provide everything for your work, as agreed with President Zelensky and President Putin,” he said. “You may feel completely safe here. This is our sacred duty.”

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