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Russia Wants Belarus in War to Cover Soldier Deficit, Zelensky Adviser Says

This would be followed by the “absorption” of Belarus into Russia and “its occupation by Russian z-zombies,” Mikhail Podolyak tweeted.

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Mikhail Podolyak, the adviser to the Ukrainian president, has warned that Russia wants to include Belarus in the conflict in Ukraine to make up for a reduction in military forces.

The armed forces of Ukraine have been warning of a rise in military activity and personnel levels close to Belarus’ border for months now. Belarus’ strongman leader, Alexander Lukashenko, has pledged his full support to the conflict begun by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Given that Putin’s troops are apparently suffering significant losses, Belarusian mobilization training exercises taking place this month in the Gomel region close to the Ukrainian border raise the possibility of eventual participation by Minsk’s military on the ground.

“In order to make up for its personnel shortages, Russia intends to enlist Belarus in a conflict with Ukraine, according to a tweet from Podolyak on Wednesday. He added that this would result in the “disposal” of the Belarusian army and “the fall of the Lukashenko dictatorship.”

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This would be followed by Belarus being “absorbed” into Russia and having “Russian z-zombies, “According to a translation, Podolyak continued, alluding to the letter alluding to Moscow’s invasion.

Special operations personnel from Belarus moved near the Ukrainian border in May, according to British defense officials, who predicted that this would “likely fix Ukrainian troops so they cannot deploy in support of operations in the Donbas.”

In the same month, the Ukrainian general staff warned of the “danger of missile and air strikes” emanating from Belarusian territory due to Belarusian troops’ increased reconnaissance and the placement of more battalions in the Gomel region.

Oleksiy Gromov, deputy head of the general staff of the Ukrainian armed forces, claimed Belarus had granted Russia “complete control” over the Zyabrovka airport, where Iskander and S-400 missile systems had been stationed, close to the Ukraine-Belarus border.

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Despite his claims that there are no Belarusian military participating in Ukraine, Lukashenko threatened on July 2 to join Russia in the conflict if Kiev’s forces crossed the border or began attacking Belarusians, according to state news agency BelTA.

Despite the fact that Belarus has provided Russia with essential logistical support, sending in soldiers may provide a challenge for Lukashenko given that, according to the Warsaw Institute, 80% of his country’s citizens reject such a move.

The think tank reported on Thursday that up to seven Belarusian battalions and Ukrainian forces have erected defenses along Belarus’ northern border, where there has been a surge in military activity. But it added that there was “no hint” that Belarus or Russia were putting together strike formations to invade Ukraine from the north as of yet.

For a response, Newsweek contacted the Belarusian foreign ministry.

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