The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine said earlier Thursday that troops had attacked Ukraine from Belarus.
“Around 5 am, the Ukrainian border between the Russian Federation and a region of the Republic of Belarus was attacked by Belarus-backed Russian troops,” the border service said. CNN..
According to the border service quoted by CNN, the attacks occurred in the Luhansk, Smy, Kharkov, Chernihiv and Zhytomyr regions. These regions are located on the eastern and northern borders of Ukraine.
“The attacks are coming from the Crimean Autonomous Republic,” the border guard said, according to CNN.
CNN reports that artillery, heavy equipment, and small weapons were aimed at border forces, border guards, and checkpoints.
U.S. defense officials said CNN The Pentagon is following reports of troops invading Ukraine from Belarus. However, sources told the network that it was unclear whether the army was strictly Russian or Belarusian.
Hill contacted the Pentagon for more information.
Russian President Vladimir Putin Ordered a military operation in Ukraine Moscow time early Thursday morning as tensions between the two countries increase.Russia in the last few weeks Collected up to 190,000 troops At the border with Ukraine, the United States and its allies were afraid that Moscow was planning an invasion of Ukraine.
Putin claimed on Thursday that the operation was intended to protect eastern Ukraine from what he called the “regime.”
Reports of troops entering Ukraine from Belarus will come a few days after both countries Extended their military exercises, Was set to end on Sunday. Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin of Belarus said his country and Russian military leaders have decided to “continue to check” the preparations of the Joint Army for “increasing military action” near the Belarusian border.
He also said that the decision to continue the exercise was made in response to the “deterioration of the situation” in eastern Ukraine.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday on the continuation of the exercise Made him more worried About Russia’s potential invasion of Ukraine.
President Biden attacks Russia’s Ukraine late Wednesday night “Provocative and unjustified attack.”