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 being involved in the attack in Moscow last Friday that resulted in 139 deaths and was claimed by Islamic State. However, Ukraine has denied any involvement and dismissed Russia’s accusations as lies. Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko has challenged Russia’s narrative by stating that the terrorists initially tried to flee to Belarus, not Ukraine.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to point fingers at Ukraine and the West. Putin claims that Ukraine provided a “window” for the attackers to cross the border despite the area being highly guarded due to its proximity to a war zone. Lukashenko, who is 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 has reiterated his belief in an international conspiracy against Russia, stating that the attack was orchestrated by radical Islamists with the help of 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 identifying those responsible for ordering this terrorist act is still under investigation.

Patrushev and Bortnikov’s comments reflect Kremlin’s narrative aimed at justifying potential escalations in conflict between Russia and Ukraine. With news of eight suspects being held in preventive prison and a Kyrgyz-born man possibly involved in mass shooting tensions continue to escalate between Russia and Ukraine. The Russian regime appears determined to assert its influence over Ukraine potentially leading further conflict.

In conclusion, tensions between Russia and Ukraine have reached a boiling point after last Friday’s terrorist attack in Moscow which resulted in 139 deaths claimed by Islamic State group. While both sides have different narratives regarding their involvement in this event, one thing is clear: this incident could lead further escalation of conflict if not resolved peacefully through diplomatic means

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