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Belarus' Lukashenko may have accidentally revealed a map of Russia's Ukrainian invasion plans

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with his Belarus counterpart Alexander Lukashenko (left) following their talks at in Moscow on February 18, 2022. Sergei Guneyev/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with his Belarus counterpart Alexander Lukashenko (left) following their talks at in Moscow on February 18, 2022. Sergei Guneyev/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images
  • The Belarusian president may have revealed Russia's plan of attack on Ukraine on live TV. 
  • Ukrainian President Alexander Lukashenko showed "what looks like an actual invasion map," a reporter tweeted.
  • The map also showed Ukraine divided into four sections. 
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Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko may have accidentally revealed Russia's invasion plans of Ukraine on live television. 

A short video shared by Belarusian journalist Tadeusz Giczan on Twitter showed Lukashenko pointing to a map of Ukraine. He is a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I thank these guys!" Lukashenko said although it is unclear who he was referring to. "They warned us, and literally, six hours before the launch of the missiles, we discovered this, and the Russians... Iskanders [tactical missile system] were located here, right?"  

At that point, someone off-screen says: "In the Mazyr area," referring to a Belarusian city. 

"In the Mazyr area," Lukashenko continued. "We hit these rockets, these positions. And we haven't seen them afterward. During the offensive of the Russians in Ukraine, we already did not see them from the position. That's why I'm saying, yes, we have made launches from the territory of Belarus and I told frankly which positions we targetted. Sit down."

The video appeared to be published by a Belarusian pro-state Telegram channel.

Ukraine's parliament said on Tuesday that Belarusian troops had entered the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine, near the country's border with Belarus.

It said the information was confirmed by Vitaliy Kyrylov, spokesman for the North Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine.

The development came hours after Lukashenko told state news media that his country's troops were not joining Russia in its assault on Ukraine.

According to Politico, US defense officials said there was "no confirmation that the Belarusians are entering Ukraine, we've seen no indication of that."

Tuesday marks day six of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, prompting protests across the world, including in Russia. Western nations have since levied heavy sanctions and other restrictive financial measures against Russia, a move that Putin claimed was unlawful.

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