Belarus closes border to Ukraine over coup claim

Sun Online Desk

3rd July, 2021 11:02:32 AM printer

Belarus closes border to Ukraine over coup claim


Belarus has closed its border with Ukraine, claiming that arms are being smuggled into the country.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko says it is part of an attempt by outside powers to overthrow his authoritarian regime.

Lukashenko claimed - without providing proof - that his security services had uncovered a foreign-backed terrorist sleeper cells plotting to oust him from power.

He alleged the weapons were being shipped to terrorist cells funded by Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and the US.

"A huge amount of weapons is coming from Ukraine to Belarus. That's why I ordered border-security forces to fully close the border with Ukraine," Mr Lukashenko said, at a ceremony marking the country's 30 years of independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

He said he would confront Germany's Angela Merkel and other leaders about the claims.

Ukraine denied interfering in Belarus's domestic affairs and said closing the 1,084-km (674-mile) border would make its people "suffer".