Russia-Ukraine Tensions Escalate After Moscow Attack: Belarus Challenges Russia’s Narrative, President Putin Insists Ukraine is Behind Islamic State Attack

Lukashenko disputes Putin’s claim and states terrorists are seeking refuge in Belarus

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has challenged Russia’s narrative regarding the Islamic State attack in Moscow last Friday, which resulted in 139 deaths. Lukashenko stated that the attackers initially tried to flee to Belarus, not Ukraine as Russia claims. The FSB head, Alexander Bortnikov, accused Ukrainian and Western secret services of facilitating the attack. However, Ukraine denied any involvement and dismissed Russia’s accusations as lies.

Despite the Islamic State claiming responsibility for the attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government continue to insist that Ukraine and the West are behind it. Putin claims that Ukraine provided a “window” for the attackers to cross the border, which is a risky move considering the heavily guarded border next to a war zone. Meanwhile, Lukashenko revealed that Belarus and Russia coordinated actions to intercept the suspects’ car fleeing towards the border with Ukraine and Belarus.

The eight suspects are now in preventive prison, including a Kyrgyz-born man who may be connected to the mass shooting. The comments from Russian officials suggest an escalation of tension and potential military action in Ukraine as Moscow seeks to impose its narrative and control over the situation.

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