KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO — SUNDAY, 26 JUNE 2022, 23:03
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Belarus was being drawn into the war more actively than at the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and that the Kremlin had already "decided everything."
Source: President's video address
Quote from Zelenskyy: "I want to address today particularly the citizens of Belarus – to people, both in uniform and civilians.
You are being drawn into the war. And even more actively than in February and spring. The Kremlin has already decided everything for you. Your lives are worthless to them. But you are not slaves and not cannon fodder, you should not die. And you can not let anyone decide what awaits you next".
Details: Zelenskyy expressed confidence that the people of Belarus support Ukraine, not the war.
"And that is why the Russian leadership wants to involve you, all Belarusians, in the war. It wants to sow hatred between us. A lot depends on the common people of Belarus now. I know that you may not take part in this war. Your lives belong only to you, and not to someone in the Kremlin," the president emphasised.
Zelenskyy spoke to Belarusians in Russian.
He also spoke in Russian to Russian pilots, dispatchers, technicians, and other people involved in the launch of missiles on Ukraine.
"We will find all of you, each of you will be responsible for these strikes. And if someone thinks he will evade responsibility by saying that this was an order, you are wrong. When your missiles hit residential buildings, it is a war crime. The court will be waiting for you. And you will not hide anywhere – neither on the shores of the Caspian Sea, over which your missiles are launched, nor in Belarus."