Facts involve kyrylo budanov, the head of the ukrainian military intelligence agency, valeriy budanov, the head of ukraine’s security service, vladimir putin, president alexander lukashenko, the wagner group, iran, and the russian military. kyrylo budanov has stated that fighting in ukraine has reached a deadlock and ukraine is awaiting more advanced weapons from western allies to turn the tide of the conflict. valeriy budanov has dismissed claims of an imminent ground offensive by russian forces from belarus at the start of 2023. putin recently visited minsk and speculation is that he might try to persuade president lukashenko to send belarusian troops to ukraine. ukrainian forces have retaken kherson and are now engaged in brutal fighting with russian troops around bakhmut.
Events took place in ukraine, belarus, and minsk. the fighting in ukraine has been ongoing since 2014 and has recently reached a deadlock. putin’s visit to minsk happened recently and speculation is that he might try to persuade president lukashenko to send belarusian troops to ukraine. a train loaded with russian soldiers stopped in a location close to the belarus-ukraine border and returned, several hours later, with everyone on board.
Fighting in ukraine is being led by the wagner group, a russian mercenary army, and is being supported by russia’s air campaign against ukraine’s critical infrastructure. iran has provided the drones used in the attacks, but has so far refused to deliver missiles to russia. russia has announced another mobilisation of conscripts. ukrainian forces still lack the resources to move forward in multiple areas. belarusian society would not support any further involvement in the war and president lukashenko is taking all steps to prevent a disaster for his country. kyrylo budanov is adamant that ukraine will ultimately retake all the territory now under occupation, including crimea, returning to its 1991 borders.