It was the only time in the address that he mentioned Severodonetsk, which finally fell to Moscow’s forces earlier in the day after weeks of brutal fighting.
Later on Saturday, the Russian defence ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov announced the “total liberation” of Severodonetsk as well as nearby villages Borivske, Voronove and Syrotyne.
“In the coming months, we will transfer to Belarus Iskander-M tactical missile systems, which can use ballistic or cruise missiles, in their conventional and nuclear versions,” Mr Putin said in a broadcast on Russian television at the start of his meeting with Lukashenko in Saint Petersburg.
“Many Su-25 (aircraft) are in service with the Belarusian military. They could be upgraded in an appropriate way,” the Russian leader said.
Mr Lukashenko said last month that his country had bought Iskander nuclear-capable missiles and S-400 anti-aircraft anti-missile systems from Russia.
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