- Lukashenko Orders Belarusian Army to Go on Full Combat Alert
MINSK (Sputnik) – Belarusian President Alexander Likashenko said on Tuesday that he gave orders to bring the national army to full combat readiness against the backdrop of events in Russia.
“I gave all orders to bring the army to full combat readiness,” Lukashenko was quoted as saying by a governmental Telegram channel.
He added that the priority security task for Belarus is prevention of escalation as tensions are already high. “Your [security officials] priority, as well as [the priority of] all the people in uniform, is to take the necessary measures to prevent the escalation of the situation. Tensions are already to the limit,” Lukashenko said, as quoted media.
On June 23, PMC Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin claimed that the Russian Armed Forces had fired missiles at a Wagner base. The Russian Ministry of Defense refuted these allegations, but shortly afterward, a contingent of Wagner forces seized several administrative buildings in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don and embarked on a march on Moscow.