Kremlin ally Lukashenko urges ‘truce’ in Ukraine

BELARUSIAN strongman and close Kremlin ally Alexander Lukashenko called Friday for a “truce” in Ukraine and for talks “without preconditions” between Moscow and Kyiv.

“We must stop now, before an escalation begins. I’ll take the risk of suggesting an end of hostilities… a declaration of a truce,” Lukashenko said during a televised state of the nation address.