The Ukraine war is entering its second year.
Meanwhile, Lukashenko’s government in Belarus is taking “combat readiness measures.”
Minsk – The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus shared a video of missile transports via Telegram on Friday (February 24).
The ministry writes that "a missile unit is going to the area designated for it as part of the combat readiness measures".
Friday marked the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which President Vladimir Putin previously announced as a "special military operation."
Since the start of the Ukraine war, Russian troops have been stationed in Belarus, which borders Russia and Ukraine.
However, Belarusian troops have so far avoided direct military conflict with Ukrainian forces.
Belarus will only enter the Ukraine war "under one single circumstance".
A few days before the Ukrainian Defense Ministry update, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko held a press conference in which he spoke about the war in Ukraine and whether he would join his ally Putin in this war.
"I am ready to fight with the Russians from Belarusian territory only under one circumstance, and that is if at least one soldier comes from there to Belarusian territory to kill my people," he said, according to the state news agency Belta mit View of Ukraine.
He added that while he doesn't want war, Russia is a "legal, moral and political ally."
Belarus might be forced to fight Ukraine
Lukashenko is considered a close ally of Putin – and Belarus is heavily dependent on Russia, financially and politically.
After the press conference, Hanna Liubakova of the Atlantic Council think tank told
that Lukashenko's statements were "an attempt to signal to the West that he has nothing to do with an escalation at the front and further involvement of Belarus in the war".
in the UK, Andriy Chernak, a representative of Ukraine's Defense Intelligence Service, said: "We see that Belarus appears to be supporting Russia while at the same time trying to stay away from the war by any means necessary.
We also see how much pressure Russia is putting on them.” A statement from the intelligence service said that the Belarusian military could be forced to follow Lukashenko's orders.
Lukashenko is to travel to China because of the Ukraine war
In the recent UN General Assembly vote on a resolution to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine, Belarus voted against and sided with Russia.
China, on the other hand, which is also considered an ally with Russia, had merely abstained.
Belarus also maintains good relations with China, which for its part presented a peace plan for the Ukraine war last week.
According to Chinese information, Lukashenko is expected to pay a state visit to China next Tuesday.
According to media reports, the invitation came just a few hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that he wanted to discuss the Chinese peace plan.