Latest World News: Vladimir Putin welcomes Alexander Lukashenko, says Ukrainian country

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine’s counteroffensive “has failed” as he hosted Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, his close ally, for talks in St Petersburg on Sunday.

“There is no counter-offensive,” Russian news agencies quoted Lukashenko as saying.

Putin replied: “It exists, but it failed.”

Ukraine launched its long-awaited counter-offensive last month but has so far made only small gains against entrenched Russian forces that control more than a sixth of its territory after nearly 17 months of war.

US General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday that the Ukraine campaign was “far from a failure” but would be long, difficult and bloody.

A Telegram channel linked to Lukashenko quoted him as saying in a joking tone that fighters from the Russian mercenary group Wagner who now train the Belarusian army were keen to cross the border into NATO member Poland. There was no indication that Lukashenko was seriously considering this idea. On Thursday, the Belarusian Defense Ministry said Wagner fighters began training Belarusian special forces at a military firing range a few miles from the Polish border.

Poland is moving additional troops to the border with Belarus in response to the arrival of Wagner’s forces who moved there after staging a short-lived mutiny in Russia last month.

Putin, in response, warned Poland on Friday that any aggression against Belarus would be considered an attack on Russia. He said Moscow would use all means at its disposal to react to any hostility towards Minsk.


Russia and Belarus are linked in a partnership called the “union state” in which Moscow is by far the dominant player. But Lukashenko has proved his worth to Putin since invading Ukraine in February 2022, allowing Russia to use his country as a launching pad at the start of the war.

He then let Russian forces train at his military bases, conducted frequent joint exercises and took delivery of tactical nuclear weapons that Putin planted in Belarus in a move widely condemned in the West.

The Kremlin also credited Lukashenko with brokering last month’s deal to end the mutiny of Wagner, who Putin said had briefly threatened to tip Russia into civil war.

Putin said the two leaders would meet on Sunday and Monday and discuss security and other issues “in detail and depth.”

Lukashenko has not committed his small army to join Russia’s war, but the risk of another attack from Belarusian soil is forcing Ukraine to protect its northern border, stretching its forces as it tries to step up its counteroffensive in the east and south of the country.

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