FACT CHECK: Did Belarus Launch An ‘All-Out Attack’ On Ukraine?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims Belarus initiated an “all-out attack” on Ukraine during its conflict with Russia.

Verdict: Misleading

While Russian troops have been stationed in Belarus, there is no evidence of an “all-out attack” from Belarus.

Fact Check:

When Russia first invaded Ukraine in February, Russian troops invaded from Belarus in order to try and seize the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, according to the Royal United Services Institute. As the war has continued, Russia has continued to station troops, vehicles and other military equipment in the country, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

The Facebook video, viewed more than 32,000 times, claims that an “all-out” attack from Belarus occurred. The video’s caption reads, “ALL-OUT Attack Step Has Been Taken From Belarus! Ukrainian Troops Are Running to Border!”

There is, however, no evidence of an attack coming from Belarus. If Belarus or Russia had launched another attack from the country, media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. Ukrainian Lieutenant General Serhii Naiev has warned of a concentration of Russian troops in Belarus but said “there is no threat from Belarus” during a Dec. 3 video address, according to Ukrainska Pravda.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has not reported an attack from Belarus in its last few assessments. In its Dec. 3 report, it stated that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met with Belarus leaders in “an attempt” likely “to place pressure” on the country for more support. (RELATED: Did Russia Evacuate Crimea?)

“Shoigu likely met with Khrenin and Lukashenko in an attempt to place pressure on Belarus to further support Russia’s offensive campaign in Ukraine. ISW has previously assessed that Belarus is highly unlikely to enter the war in Ukraine due to domestic factors that constrain Lukashenko’s willingness to do so,” ISW’s report reads.

Russia has also withdrawn MiG-31 aircraft from Belarus in recent days, according to the Belarusian Hajun Project.

“All three MiG-31K, which have been deployed at Machulishchy airfield since October 16, 2022, are flying to Russia. These are MiG-31K with reg.numbers RF-92462, RF-92339 and RF-92333. Destination – Savasleika airfield (Nizhny Novgorod oblast, Russia),” the project tweeted.

Misinformation regarding the Ukraine conflict has circulated widely on social media since the start of the event in February 2022. Check Your Fat recently debunked a claim alleging that a Russian Nuclear Submarine was sunk by Ukrainian forces.

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