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Belarus says it is reinforcing security at Ukrainian border after claims of 'security incidents'

by Nate Ostiller and The Kyiv Independent news desk June 28, 2024 3:12 PM 2 min read
Ukrainian border guards patrol the closed checkpoint of Slavutych on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border in Chernihiv Oblast on July 14, 2023. Photo for illustrative purposes. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Belarusian Defense Ministry said on June 28 that it was beefing up security at the border with Ukraine after a series of alleged incidents.

The Belarusian border service claimed earlier in the day that border police had intercepted a drone that had crossed into the country from Ukraine in order to obtain information about Belarusian border infrastructure.

The claim followed allegations made earlier in the week that Belarusian border guards had found explosive components by the border and had received information about pro-Ukrainian Russian fighters in a nearby area.

The allegations could not be independently verified.

In response, the defense ministry said that it deployed troops and multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) to the border.

The Ukrainian Security and Defense Council's Center for Countering Disinformation said in May that it predicted the launch of a new Russian psychological operation about the opening of a new front in the north of Ukraine by the Belarusian border, aimed at "stir(ring) up mass panic" in Ukrainian society.

"We expect a series of provocative statements by the top leadership of Russia and Belarus threatening Ukraine soon," the statement said.

Belarus has been a key ally to Moscow and supported Russian aggression against Ukraine but has not committed its own troops to fight directly in Russia's war.

Russian forces launched an attempted invasion of Kyiv from Belarus in early 2022 but suffered a defeat and were forced to pull back.

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