Belarusian fighters schemed to make Russians attack own troops

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A Belarusian soldier has revealed his team tricked Russian forces in Ukraine into attacking their own men by pretending to be a Russian general giving orders. Anti-Russia Belarusian soldiers have been fighting alongside Ukrainians since the beginning of the invasion in February 2022. Pavel Shurmei, a Belarusian soldier who volunteered to fight, revealed he was behind a Russian army attack on its own forces in Bakhmut.

Speaking to Politico, the 46-year-old former Olympic rower said: “After we overran a trench, the commander used a radio we found, pretended to be Russian and gave false coordinates for a Russian fire mission.

“And it worked.”

Another Belarusian volunteer, fighting for the Kastuś Kalinoŭski Regiment, told the website Russia is their problem as much as it is Ukraine’s problem in the world.

Oleh Dashkevich said: “First Ukraine, then Belarus.

“Russia is our common problem. Belarus is a captive of Russia and Moscow is controlling Belarus and the people. So we need to fight Russia, which will help also Belarus. That’s why we are standing together.”

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been Vladimir Putin’s closest ally since the start of the invasion.

Earlier this month, Putin and Alexander Lukashenko discussed plans to deploy Russia’s nuclear weapons to Belarus.

Belarus had warned it is preparing its military for the use of nuclear weapons as its “next step” against Western anti-Russia rhetoric.

Putin and Lukashenko discussed expanding economic cooperation and bolstering defence ties between their nations.

The Kremlin talks involved senior officials from both countries and followed Putin’s one-on-one meeting with Lukashenko.

Putin said there would be “close work” on boosting cooperation under a union agreement that envisions close political, economic and military ties between Belarus and Russia.

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Russia used Belarusian territory as a staging ground for invading neighbouring Ukraine and has maintained a contingent of troops and weapons there.

Last month, Putin declared that Moscow planned to put some of its tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, an announcement that marked another attempt by the Russian leader to dangle the nuclear threat to discourage the West from supporting Ukraine.

Such weapons are intended to destroy enemy troops on the battlefield and have a relatively short range and a much lower yield compared with nuclear warheads fitted to long-range strategic missiles, which are capable of obliterating whole cities.

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