Belarus congratulates Ukraine on Independence Day | Russia-Ukraine war News

Ukrainians reject the greeting from Alexander Lukashenko, who has allowed Russian troops into his nation.

Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian chief of ex-Soviet Belarus, has congratulated Ukraine on its Independence Day, saying that “at the moment’s contradictions” mustn’t destroy long-term neighbourly ties with the pro-Western nation.

Ukrainian officers and observers discovered his feedback on Wednesday galling, given Belarus is one in all Russia’s strongest supporters on the worldwide stage.

In an sudden message on his web site to mark the thirty first anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the Moscow-dominated Soviet Union, Lukashenko wished Ukrainians “peaceable skies, tolerance, braveness, power and success in restoring a good life”.

Wednesday additionally marked six months for the reason that begin of Moscow’s army intervention in Ukraine, which Russia launched from a number of instructions, together with from Belarusian territory.

“I’m satisfied that at the moment’s contradictions will be unable to destroy the centuries-old basis of honest good neighbourly ties between the peoples of our two nations,” Lukashenko, a detailed ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, stated.

“Belarus will proceed to face for the preservation of concord, the event of pleasant, mutually respectful contacts in any respect ranges,” it added.

His assertion stood at odds with a few of his current declarations of help for Russia’s invasion of its neighbour.

In July, he described Belarus as “the one nation on the planet to help Russia in its battle towards Nazism”, echoing a declare by Moscow that it’s conducting a “particular army operation” in Ukraine to cleanse it of ultranationalists.

Senior Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak baulked on the greeting, writing on Twitter, “Lukashenko really believes the world doesn’t discover his participation in crimes towards Ukraine. That’s the reason he cynically needs us a ‘peaceable sky’ whereas permitting lethal rockets to hit us.”

Tadeusz Giczan, a Belarusian journalist, tweeted, “[Lukashenko is] the identical one who’s been permitting Russia to fireplace missiles at Ukraine from his territory for six months now. It’ll be onerous to provide you with something extra cynical at the moment.”

Nika Melkozerova, editor of The New Voice of Ukraine, stated, “The man who gave up his territory for Russians to assault us, congratulates Ukraine on independence day. I want Belarus removes you, [then we] will have fun our independence collectively.”

Belarus depends financially and politically on its shut ally Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin backed Lukashenko, who has dominated Belarus for 30 years, when he confronted a world backlash and Western sanctions for his crackdown on 2020 protests towards his re-election for a sixth time period.

Western nations have slapped Belarus with new sanctions this yr for its position in Russia’s Ukraine offensive launched on February 24.

Earlier than launching its offensive, Moscow deployed hundreds of forces to Belarusian territory beneath the pretext of army drills after which despatched troops into Ukraine when it launched its assault on February 24.