Fact Check: Belarus Did NOT Declare War On Lithuania To Get Access To The Sea


  • Автор: Lead Stories Staff
Fact Check: Belarus Did NOT Declare War On Lithuania To Get Access To The Sea Mapper Con

Did Belarus start a war with Lithuania for maritime access? No, that's not true: Belarus has not ever declared its intention to invade Lithuania to gain the sea outlet. These are the fantasies of "TikTok mappers": content creators who call themselves "mappers" because they publish a variety of maps and information, but sometimes they have no concrete evidence to support their claims.

A video (archived here) was posted on the TikTok account @yalubludetey on May 30, 2023. The caption in Russian reads (as translated by Lead Stories staff):

Belarus has declared war on Lithuania to get to the sea

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

Belarus Lithuania.jpg

(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed Jun 7 11:24:01 2023 UTC)

Further on in the same video, there is a caption that reads:

Result: Belarus took 90% of Lithuania
But did not get access to the sea

The subject of Belarus allegedly declaring war on Lithuania can be seen in the Russian-speaking TikTok segment, for example here or here. A keyword search in English "Belarus declares war on Lithuania" has gained about 9 million views at the time of writing. A search for the phrase "Belarus declared war on Lithuania" using Google News' index of thousands of credible news sites did not turn up any factual reports that Belarus intended to invade Lithuania for any reason.

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