Putin Claims Ukraine’s Involvement in Moscow Attack, Lukashenko Disputes FSB Head’s Allegations

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

Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), has accused Ukraine and Western secret services of facilitating the attack in Moscow last Friday, which resulted in 139 deaths and was claimed by the Islamic State. Ukraine denied any involvement and dismissed Russia’s accusations as lies. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, however, challenged Russia’s narrative by stating that the attackers initially tried to flee to Belarus, not Ukraine.

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. However, Lukashenko revealed that Belarus and Russia coordinated actions to intercept the suspects’ car fleeing towards the border with Ukraine and Belarus. Belarus quickly established border checkpoints, preventing the suspects from entering the country.

The FSB head also mentioned that 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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