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Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of Ukraine's General Staff Oleksiy Hromov said at a briefing on Nov. 24 that Russia was spreading fake information to justify its actions.
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"The enemy is spreading information and preparing its troops for a so-called 'possible escalation of the situation' in the period from Nov. 23 to Nov. 28 on the Russian-Ukrainian border," Hromov said.
"(Russia is claiming) that 'NATO and Ukraine will seek to seize the border areas of peaceful Belarus and Russia.'"
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According to Hromov, Russian military units in Belgorod Oblast were ordered to set up minefields and explosive barriers.
Russia allegedly wants to prevent a "breakthrough of sabotage and reconnaissance groups of Ukraine's Defense Forces into the Russian territory," Hromov said.
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At the same time, according to the official, Belarus has only being conducting reconnaissance, while Russia continues to shell Ukrainian border areas.
Ukraine's General Staff earlier said that about 10,000-15,000 Belarusian security forces are ready to take part in Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.