The Belarusian battalion of volunteers who joined the Ukrainians in the fight against Russian aggression consists of about 1,500 people, informed the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Sviatlana Cichanouska in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. In her opinion, this number will increase because the next ones are training.
Svetlana Cichanouska, asked by the newspaper whether there was a battalion of Belarusian volunteers in the Ukrainian army, replied that “when the war started, many in Belarus thought that they should help the Ukrainians and organized themselves into battalions.” “Currently, there are about 1,500 men in them. They are in various cities, under the supervision of the Ukrainian army,” she added.
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According to the leader of the Belarusian opposition, this number will increase. “Many people in Belarus want to help Ukraine and are now training in other countries. I cannot tell how many there are and where they are. They are often people who need training because they have no military experience. But for sure the number of Belarusian fighters by their side. Ukraine will increase “- said Cichanouska.
Cichanousek on lifting sanctions: it would give them financial breath
Referring to the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow would unblock Ukrainian grain exports if sanctions against Belarus were lifted, she stated that “lifting the sanctions against Putin and (Belarusian president Alexander) Lukashenka would give them financial breath and a false sense of victory.”
“This would strengthen their conviction that the violence pays off. It would lead to exacerbation of repression in Belarus and aggression in Ukraine,” she warned.
“The Russian port blockade must be lifted immediately and pressure should be put on Moscow. Not on the Belarusian and Ukrainian nations, at the expense of their security and future,” she assessed.
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