Russo-Ukrainian War 8/15/22

Ukraine is continuing to monitor a potential amassing of Russian troops and munitions in Ukraine after reports of a sharp increase in munitions in anticipation of a potential missile attack.

Many in Ukraine fear that the start of a major counteroffensive in Kherson could trigger an attack from Belarus, from missiles, shelling, or even a land invasion. Though Belarus repeatedly staged drills on the border, both Ukrainian and Western intelligence held that Belarus was unlikely to launch a ground invasion. Though a Belarusian invasion would certainly draw Ukrainian attention from the frontline, the difference in military power is impossible. Moreover, many hardened soldiers exist in the Ukrainian army, some with a score to settle with the dictator. Lukashenko’s many enemies have led to the catchphrase of many Belarusian soldiers: “Ukraine today, Belarus tomorrow.”

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