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Russia prepared to invade Belarus just after election, Ukraine statements

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Russia planned an invasion of Belarus soon after its contested 2020 election, the intelligence office of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense claimed, publishing recently unearthed documents. 

The documents expose the preparing of the 1st Panzer Army of Russia for the invasion and capture of Belarus, the ministry claimed Tuesday.

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“Following the falsification of the presidential election in Belarus, the Russian Federation made a prepare to invade and suppress well-liked protests,” the Ukrainian company claimed. “The occupation of Belarus was planned less than the pretext of preventing Russia’s involvement ‘in the European continental region in a regional or substantial-scale war with NATO member states in the West.’”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko pose for a photo during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 11, 2022. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, suitable, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko pose for a photo during their assembly in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 11, 2022. 
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The ministry highlighted a document entitled, “Legend of the prepare to regroup units and military services models of the 1st Panzer Army in the space of ​​the process.”

Belarus held a presidential election on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, with early voting running from Aug. 4 to Aug. 8. The Central Election Commission noted that incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won the election with just in excess of 80% of the vote. He has gained each presidential election given that 1994, but international monitors have condemned 3 of 4 of the elections as neither absolutely free nor good. 

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko watches military drills via videoconference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. The Russian military on Friday announced massive drills of its strategic nuclear forces. Russian President Vladimir Putin will personally oversee Saturday's exercise, which will involve multiple practice launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, the Defense Ministry said. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via Online News 72h)

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko watches military services drills by using videoconference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. The Russian armed service on Friday declared enormous drills of its strategic nuclear forces. Russian President Vladimir Putin will individually oversee Saturday’s training, which will involve many observe launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, the Protection Ministry explained. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Picture through Online News 72h)
(Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Picture through Online News 72h)

Opposition applicant Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya claimed to have won a decisive 1st-round victory with at least 60% of the vote, and her campaign shaped the Coordination Council to facilitate a transfer of electric power and stated intentions to arrange “prolonged-term protests” from the formal final results. The European Union imposed sanctions on Belorusian officials considered responsible for “violence, repression and election fraud.”

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Russia’s romantic relationship with Belarus has drawn new scrutiny amid Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, as Minsk faces stress to be part of the war on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s behalf.

A photograph taken on February 17, 2022, shows Belarus' armored personnel carrier (APC) during joint exercises of the armed forces of Russia and Belarus as part of an inspection of the Union State's Response Force, at a firing range near a town of Osipovichi outside Minsk.

A photograph taken on February 17, 2022, exhibits Belarus’ armored personnel provider (APC) during joint exercises of the armed forces of Russia and Belarus as aspect of an inspection of the Union State’s Response Force, at a firing range in the vicinity of a city of Osipovichi outside the house Minsk.
(Picture by MAXIM GUCHEK/BELTA/AFP by way of Getty Photos)

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