‘Preparing an army’: The Belarusians fight for Ukraine with one eye on home – TBEN

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Denis Prokhorov, commander of the Kalinowski regiment of Belarusian volunteers fighting in Ukraine, at an undisclosed location in Kiev. ©TBEN

Among the soldiers fighting the Russian invasion of Ukraine are a number of volunteers from neighboring Belarus, Moscow’s firm ally from which the invasion was partially launched. Called the Kalinowski Regiment, they claim to number about 2,000. Having defended Ukraine, they hope to help bring about change in their homeland, where a series of protests and opposition movements have failed to oust strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko.

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