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Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has close ties to Putin and supports his invasion.
But there is a group of militiamen inside the country that is recruiting soldiers to fight against the Russians in Ukraine.
Now they warn that the regime is trying to catch volunteers in a treacherous trap, says Radio Free Europe.
Volunteers from all over the world came together to take part in the war on the Ukrainian side.
Most are said to come from the West.
But there is a militia that is organized from within Belarus, the country close to Putin and is governed by a dictator who overthrows all opposition.
Now he is doing everything to stop them, according to the opposition alarms.
Before the invasion, tens of thousands of Russian soldiers were stationed in Belarus along the border with Ukraine. Recently, there have been reports that dead and seriously injured Russian soldiers are being secretly brought to Belarus.
full screen Satellite image of the military field hospitals in Naroulia, southern Belarus, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Photo: Maxar Technologies via AP / TT
Help Putin keep the losses secret
The dead are loaded onto trains and taken to Russia. The wounded are cared for in hospitals where ordinary civilians are discharged to make room for the soldiers.
The Russian military has completely taken control of some cities in Belarus and is working with the country’s police and security services to keep losses in the war a secret.
The country’s dictator Alexander Lukashenko is closely linked to Putin. After the 2020 election, when he was accused of widespread election fraud to stay in the presidency he has held since 1994, Russia and Putin came to his rescue.
When widespread protests erupted, it brutally crushed the opposition. Protesters and others were beaten, imprisoned, killed or forced to flee the country.
full screen Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Moscow in early March. The two leaders have close ties to each other and Russia uses Belarusian territory as a base for attacks on Ukraine. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev / AP / TT
Neither the United States, nor the European Union, nor the United Kingdom have recognized Lukashenko as a legitimate president.
– Russia had a chance when Lukashenko began to feel pressured in power by, among other things, protests, and turned to Russia. It is very important for Russia, which can now decide whether Lukashenko can feel safe in power or not, Kamal Makili-Aliyev, professor of law and human rights, previously told TT.
– Therefore, Russia can now use the territory of Belarus to attack Ukraine, have military personnel there and so on. It was crucial to the attack on Ukraine.
full screen Hundreds of Belarusian citizens are said to have traveled to Ukraine to help the Ukrainian army fight the Russian invaders. Here are the volunteers receiving military training at the Belarusian company base in Kiev. Photo: Efrem Lukatsky / AP
Capture the volunteers in a trap
The Kastus Kalinouski Battalion militia group in Belarus opposes the regime and its close ties with Russia and is now fighting on the Ukrainian side.
The group is named after a folk hero in Belarus who fought against the Russian Empire and was executed in 1864.
Accounts on Telegram are used to recruit volunteers for fighting in Ukraine.
The fate that awaits Syarhey Hrybovich, 53, has, however, led militia groups and opposition leaders to warn that the regime is using the militia recruiting channel to lure opponents into a trap.
Hrybovich was arrested in early March on charges of hate speech against society and preparing to take part in a foreign conflict. says Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE / RL).
In a videotaped confession, he claims he was arrested after filling out an application in the Telegram app that was said to have involved participation among other Belarusian volunteers in Ukraine.
full screen The Kastus Kalinouski Battalion militia group is rumored to be recruiting via the Telegram chat tool. Photo: Kastus Kalinouski Battalion
“Don’t use your real name”
But the militia say they never received a question from Hrybovich and suspect he fell victim to the regime’s security services.
“If you are in Belarus or Russia, don’t use your real name, hide your phone number from everyone or better yet, buy a new SIM card,” the group wrote on its Telegram channel. states RFE / RL.
According to a Belarusian opposition group, there are two established channels on Telegram, the militia group and one run by an opposition leader, who is recruiting volunteers to fight in Ukraine against the Russians through private messages.
But two more have been found who are said to be helping Ukraine. These are suspected to be the regime’s bogus accounts for smuggling opposition figures out.
Alyaksandr Azarau, who is part of a group of former policemen who support the opposition, tells RFE / RL that the Lukashenko regime has used the same ruse in the past.
Even then, a channel was used on Telegram and volunteers were sought for a false attack on a person within the regime.
Dozens of people are said to have been arrested as a result of the ploy.
full screen The Kastus Kalinouski group is said to be named after a Belarusian folk hero who fought against Russia. Photo: Kastus Kalinouski Battalion
Trained in Poland
At least 200 Belarusian soldiers will take part in the armed struggle against Russian forces inside Ukraine through the Kastus Kalinouski battalion.
Hundreds more are currently undergoing military training in Poland for later departure to Ukraine, the militia states.
The group writes on Telegram that some of the volunteers will be sent to the hardworking Mariupol, which is under heavy siege by Russian forces.
Volunteers who joined the militia write on the group’s Telegram that the fate of their country is determined by the outcome of the invasion of Ukraine.
“If we leave Ukraine to Putin, we will forever lose the independence of Belarus and we and our children will be forced to live with invaders and occupiers,” wrote Syarhey Bespalou, who claims to be positioned in Kiev. according to RFE / RL.
Published: March 21, 2022 at 00.38