Belarusian border guards leave post to fight with Ukraine: report

One of the Belarusian border guards reportedly left his post and entered Ukraine to join the country’s ongoing military resistance to the Russian invasion.

Andriy Demchenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s State Border Guard, told Ukraine’s online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda that the agency recently detained a man who crossed the shared border between Belarus and Ukraine illegally and without the required documents. He identified himself as a Belarusian border guard who had served in the Brest city border group.

“He noted that he decided to commit the violation in order to join the Defense Forces of Ukraine in the war against the Russian aggressor,” Demchenko said of the man posing as a Belarusian border guard. “The man also said he had like-minded people on the need to confront Russia. A Belarusian border guard went to Ukraine with one of them, but on the way to the border they were spotted and followed with fire, so only he was able to cross the state border.”

The Ukrainska Pravda report released on Wednesday gave no further details about the man, including his name, age or the exact date he allegedly crossed the border. Radio Free Europe reported that the man was arrested on June 29 and sentenced to two days in prison by a Ukrainian court.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is a top ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and one of the few global figures to stand by the longtime Russian leader amid his war in Ukraine, but there have been recent signs that he and some Belarusian military officers have want to avoid direct contact Participation in the conflict. The Institute for the Study of War said in its July 11 assessment that Lukashenko is likely to support his Russian counterpart by continuing to allow Russian forces to enter Belarusian airspace to “demonstrate at least nominal support for Russian President Vladimir Putin without risking direct military involvement”. in war.

In an open letter reported from London Daily expressthe news week Unable to independently verify, senior Belarusian officers claimed that sending troops to Ukraine was “pure suicide”.

Belarusian guard joins fight in Ukraine
One of the Belarusian border guards reportedly left his post and entered Ukraine to join the country in its fight against Russia. Above, a Ukrainian soldier on the front line south of the Kharkiv region on Monday.
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As for the Belarusian border guard who entered Ukraine, Demchenko said his agency is working to verify the information he has provided and will then decide what to do with him. The State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus said in a telegram on Tuesday that, according to Ukrainska Pravda, no border guards entered Ukraine and there were no incidents involving border guards.

“Extremist sources are spreading false information about the alleged detention of a Belarusian border guard on the territory of Ukraine,” reads an English translation of the post.

“All Belarusian border guards are at their duty stations and performing state border protection duties,” she added.

news week could not independently verify Ukrainska Pravda’s report. The State Border Guard of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus have been asked for comments and further information. Belarusian border guards leave post to fight with Ukraine: report

Rick Schindler

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