Ukraine Claims Moscow Planned to Invade Belarus After Election

Publishing newly unearthed documents, the intelligence department of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense claimed on Tuesday that Moscow allegedly planned an invasion of Belarus after its contested 2020 election.

Citing a document entitled “Legend of the plan to regroup units and military units of the 1st Panzer Army in the area of ​​the task,” the ministry claimed that documents show Russia planned to send the 1st Panzer Army into Belarus for an invasion and capture after the falsification of the presidential election.

The opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who has claimed to have won at least 60% of the vote for a decisive first-round victory and formed the Coordination Council with her campaign to facilitate a transfer of power and announced organizing long-term protests against the official results.

The Russian Federation allegedly developed a plan to invade and suppress popular protests.

The Ukrainian agency claimed that Belarus’ occupation was planned under the pretext of avoiding Russia’s involvement in a regional or large-scale war with NATO members in the West in the European continental region.

The presidential election in Belarus was held on Aug. 9, 2020, with early voting running from Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, after which the Central Election Commission reported that Alexander Lukashenko, which is the incumbent President, won the election with just over 80% of the vote.

Although international monitors have condemned three of four of the elections in Belarus as neither free nor fair, Lukashenko has won every presidential election since 1994.

Belorussian officials deemed responsible for the violence, repression, and election fraud were sanctioned by the European Union and the US, which has also scrutinized Russia’s relationship with Belarus amid Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

They claim that Minsk is allegedly under pressure to join the war on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s behalf.

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