May 19, 2024 10:58 pm
Lukashenko goes against Putin, claims terrorists escaping to Belarus

Alexander Bortnikov, head of the FSB, Russia’s security service, has accused Ukraine and Western secret services of facilitating an attack in Moscow on Friday that resulted in 139 deaths and was claimed by Islamic State. However, Ukraine has denied any involvement in the attack and dismissed Russia’s accusations as lies. The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, challenged Russia’s narrative by stating that the terrorists initially tried to flee to Belarus rather than Ukraine.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, but both Putin and his government continue to point fingers at Ukraine and the West. Putin claims that Ukraine provided a “window” for the attackers to cross the border despite it being highly guarded due to its proximity to a war zone. Lukashenko, a close ally of Putin, stated that Belarus and Russia coordinated actions to intercept the suspects’ car as it fled towards the border with Ukraine and Belarus.

Bortnikov reiterated his belief in an international conspiracy against Russia, stating that the attack was orchestrated by radical Islamists with assistance from Western and Ukrainian special services. He also mentioned that the suspects planned to travel to Ukraine and be received as heroes. Despite these claims, no evidence has been provided to support these accusations. The FSB head also mentioned that they are still trying to determine who ordered the attack.

The comments made by Patrushev and Bortnikov reflect Kremlin’s narrative which aims to justify potential escalations in the war in Ukraine. With news of eight suspects in preventive prison and a Kyrgyz-born man arrested possibly involved in mass shooting tensions between Russia and Ukraine continue to escalate. The Russian regime seems determined to assert its influence over Ukraine potentially leading further conflict.

In summary, while Bortnikov has accused Ukrainian and Western secret services of facilitating an attack on Moscow last Friday which resulted in 139 deaths claimed by Islamic State; both Vladimir Putin and his government continue pointing fingers at Ukraine while Alexander Lukashenko challenges their narrative saying terrorists initially tried fleeing towards Belarus not Ukraine.

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