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'Ukrainian-like situation impossible in Belarus'

IANS  |  Minsk 

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said a Ukraine-like scenario would not take place in his country.

"Our military will carry out duty and tasks to maintain peace and stability in the country," Xinhua quoted Lukashenko as saying Sunday during a meeting with top military and law-enforcement officials.

"We should not lose vigilance here. We should learn from other people's mistakes and prevent even the slightest manifestations of instability in our country," he added.

The president warned that any attempt to attack Belarusian law enforcement officers will be "responded to instantly", saying the country's territorial integrity should remain intact.

On Saturday, the Ukrainian parliament passed a resolution to dismiss President Viktor Yanukovych from his post, declaring him constitutionally unable to carry out his duties.

Over 80 people have been killed and hundreds injured during Ukraine's anti-government protests, which began last November.

First Published: Mon, February 24 2014. 22:46 IST