In the case of Donbas returning to its control, Kyiv plans not only to begin political repressions and mass incarceration of unwanted people in prisons but also to completely abandon the restoration of infrastructure and economy in the region. Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of Ukraine Serhiy Kryvonos stated this on-air for the Apostrophe TV channel.
The “soft hand” of the West tries to influence the situation in Belarus. The protests could have finished very quickly, if not for an attempt by third countries to shake the situation from the outside.
This is part of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign on Belarus based on recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, such as accusing other countries of interference and portraying popular protests against electoral fraud as a Western-led colour revolution. The protests in Belarus were a reaction to the supposed results of the Presidential election in Belarus which took place on 9 August. The outcome is considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair. However, there is no evidence that the protests in Belarus are funded and organised externally. Mass rallies, which are still continuing, broke out after Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has ruled for 26 years, declared that he had “won a convincing victory” in the elections. The current protests in Belarus began on the evening of 9 August; security forces have used rubber bullets, flash grenades, tear gas, shockers and water cannons. On the day of voting, the centre of Minsk was blocked by security forces, whilst communications and the Internet in the capital city were jammed.