Kateryna Tyshchenko – Thursday, 16 June 2022, 21:19
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy convened a meeting of the Commander-in-Chief’s office regarding the possible threat of a new invasion by Belarus on Wednesday [16 June – ed.], at which he issued orders to conduct a readiness check in four oblasts.
Source: Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council (RNBO), during the Hovoryt Velykyi Lviv [Great Lviv Speaks] broadcast on Thursday 16 June.
Quote: "Concerning the Belarus front. I would like to remind you that, in addition to the National Security and Defence Council, there is the office of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief… Yesterday the President held a meeting with this office, and this issue – the issue of Belarus – was discussed.
All the bodies involved provided their assessment – what is happening there, what is the condition of the Belarusian army right now, how many Russian military personnel are there, what are their plans. All these issues are under the control of our President, and the Commander-in-Chief’s office worked for quite a long while on this issue yesterday. And I think that has proven to be quite effective.
As a result, there has been an order issued to conduct a check in four oblasts on this preparedness in the event that we encounter similar repeated challenges for our country."
Details: Oleksii Danilov did not specify the oblasts where the inspection will be conducted. There are 5 oblasts of Ukraine bordering Belarus: Chernihiv, Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Rivne and Volyn.
Background: The Belarusian Armed Forces have resumed their exercises – until at least 25 June.
Earlier, self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko announced the creation of an operational command for troops on the border with Ukraine, the purchase of Russian S-400s and Iskanders, as well as establishing a "people's militia."
On 10 June, Alexander Lukashenko suggested that Belarusian troops "must have to fight" for Western Ukraine so that it "would not be dragged away by the West."