Foreign fighters from Belarus have officially joined the Ukrainian army to take on their Russian counterparts as the invasion of Moscow entered its 31st day on Saturday, according to a report.
In a video shared by The Kyiv Independent, the battalion can be seen taking the oath to Belarus. The Belarusian language is in danger as dictator Alexander Lukashenko’s regime reportedly favors Russian and discriminates against Belarusian speakers, who are already a minority, according to the report.
Members of the Belarusian Volunteer Battalion, named after 19th-century Belarusian writer and revolutionary Kastus Kalinouski, took the oath and became members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. named after Kastus Kalinouski, a 19th-century Belarusian writer and revolutionary, took the oath and became a member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Earlier reports suggested that foreign fighters from Belarus left for the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on Wednesday from the more western city of Lviv to fight in the ongoing war against Russia.
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“We will fight for the independence of Ukraine. Because we know very well that if Ukraine is not independent, Belarus will not be in the future,” said Pavel Kulazhanka, who heads the group.
Kulazhanka stressed that, unlike Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, they would stand with the Ukrainians.
Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus for 28 years without a break in power, supports Russia in the war.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is using Belarus as a staging ground for his war. Russian troops entered Ukraine through the Belarusian border to the north.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy again called on Russia to negotiate an end to the war, but said Ukraine would not agree to cede any part of its territory in the name of peace. again called on Russia to negotiate an end to the war, but said Ukraine would not agree to cede any part of its territory in the name of peace.
In his nightly video address to the nation on Friday, Zelenskyy appeared to be responding to Colonel General Sergei Rudskoi, Russia’s deputy chief of staff, who said Russian forces would now focus on “the main objective, the liberation of Donbass. “.
Russian-backed separatists have controlled part of the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine since 2014, and Russian forces are fighting to seize more of the region from Ukraine, including including the besieged city of Mariupol.