Putin hosts Lukashenko, calls Ukraine counter-offensive a failure

Putin hosts Lukashenko, calls Ukraine counter-offensive a failure

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met in St. Petersburg on July 23. During their meeting, Putin stated that Ukraine’s counteroffensive had failed. Lukashenko, on the other hand, claimed that there was no counteroffensive. Putin responded by acknowledging its existence but stating that it had failed. Despite Ukraine’s efforts, they have only made small gains against the well-entrenched Russian forces who currently control a significant portion of their territory. General Mark Milley, the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, disagreed with Putin’s assessment and stated that the Ukrainian drive was far from a failure, although it would be a long and difficult battle.

Lukashenko, in a lighthearted manner, mentioned that the Wagner mercenary group, who are currently training Belarus’s army, expressed a desire to push into NATO member Poland. However, there is no indication that Lukashenko seriously entertained this idea. The Belarusian defense ministry confirmed that Wagner fighters had started training Belarusian special forces near the Polish border. In response, Poland has deployed additional troops to the border as a precautionary measure.

Putin warned Poland that any aggression against Belarus would be considered an attack on Russia. He emphasized that Moscow would use all means at its disposal to respond to any hostility towards Minsk. The relationship between Russia and Belarus is characterized by a partnership called the “union state,” with Russia being the dominant player. Lukashenko has proven his usefulness to Putin since the invasion of Ukraine, allowing Russia to use Belarus as a launch pad for the war. He has also facilitated Russian military activities in Belarus and received tactical nuclear weapons from Putin, which has drawn condemnation from the West. Lukashenko was credited with brokering a deal to end the Wagner mutiny, which Putin believed could have led to civil war in Russia.

During their meeting, Putin and Lukashenko discussed security and other issues in great detail. While Lukashenko has not committed his army to join Russia’s war, the risk of a new attack from Belarusian soil has compelled Ukraine to protect its northern border. This has stretched their forces as they try to intensify their counteroffensive in the eastern and southern regions of the country.

In conclusion, the meeting between Putin and Lukashenko highlighted the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with differing perspectives on the success of Ukraine’s counteroffensive. The involvement of Belarus and the potential for further aggression towards Poland have added to the complexity of the situation.

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