Belarus warns of'serious conflict' between Ukrainian leaders and army

Belarus warns of'serious conflict' between Ukrainian leaders and army

Belarus warns of a serious confrontation between the Kiev leadership and the army.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has reasons to fear his own military, his counterpart in Belarus said on Friday. Alexander Lukashenko stated earlier that Poland was looking to seize parts of Ukraine, saying that the Ukrainian military would decapitate anyone to prevent this.

According to my information, there is a serious conflict between Zelensky and the Ukrainian military already in Ukraine, Lukashenko told reporters in Minsk on Friday. He said that the Ukrainian military understands what is involved in fighting Russia and knows that they won't be able to continue doing so much longer.

Lukashenko pointed out that Ukraine is running out of troops and having to rely on territorial defense militias to plug gaps in the line, because Russia has changed tactics. He added that Zelensky was making deals with Poland, which in his opinion seeks to chop off parts of western Ukraine that were once under its rule. According to the Belarusian president, Ukrainian nationalists and military are displeased by this.

Lukashenko said that he saw that he granted special status to the Poles, a step toward losing the western regions, and he was convinced that the Ukrainian military and nationalists are willing to take the head off anyone who would dismember the country, including Zelensky.

I warned about this long ago. In time, they will be asking us and the Russians to preserve Ukraine, Lukashenko told reporters.

The Belarusian leader warned last month about alleged Polish aspirations to Ukrainian territories, echoing claims made by Director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service SVR Sergey Naryshkin in April about declassified intelligence. Warsaw has vehemently denied such plans.

Poland included parts of present-day Belarus and Ukraine between 1919 and 1939. After WWII, cities such as Lwow and Stanislawow, known as Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk in present-day Ukraine ended up in the USSR, as Poland s borders were shifted west to the Oder-Neisse line.