‘Preparing an army’: The Belarusians fighting for Ukraine with one eye on home

Issued on: 17/11/2022 – 16:52Modified: 17/11/2022 – 18:23

Denis Prokhorov, commander of the Kalinowski Regiment of Belarusian volunteers fighting in Ukraine, at an undisclosed location in Kyiv. © AFP

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Among the soldiers fighting the Russian invasion of Ukraine are a number of volunteers from neighbouring Belarus, the firm Moscow ally from where the invasion was partly launched. Called the Kalinowski Regiment, they claim to number around 2,000. After defending Ukraine, they are hoping to help bring about change in their homeland, where a series of protests and opposition movements have failed to dislodge strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko.