Belarusian commander in Ukraine says ‘it’s a matter of time’ before he has to fight his country in war with Russia

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Belarusian commander in Kastus Kalinovsky Regiment told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview Friday that he believes it’s only “a matter of time” before he is forced to fight against his own people in Russia’s deadly war in Ukraine.

Ukrainian leaders warned Belarus against entering the war in support of Russia, but comments by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko suggest that Minsk may be preparing to create another front that Kyiv will have to fight.

“Aggression against Ukraine is now being carried out from the territory of Belarus,” the Fox News Digital commander clarified in an interview translated using the Ukraine Frontline Media Platform. “Now this is a big regional threat, because Lukashenka remains quasi-independent – ​​primarily tactically beneficial for Russia. They want to use it for further escalation in the region.

“The issue of Belarus entering the war with ground forces is only a matter of time, and this may happen in the near future,” he warned.

Belarusian soldier of the Kastus Kalinouski regiment in Ukraine

Belarusian soldier of the Kastus Kalinouski regiment in Ukraine
(Photo courtesy of the Kastus Kalinowski regiment)


The threat of the unknown is nothing new for this Belarusian commander, who risked his life in Ukraine for almost a decade to repel aggression from outside. Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He currently serves as a brigade commander, training troops near Kyiv, and goes by the pseudonym that became the call sign Igor, given to him after he first volunteered to fight in Ukraine more than eight years ago.

“In 2014, I had a meeting with the military-political representative in Ukraine, and we didn’t want everyone to know who we are,” he said, referring to his fellow soldier who met with him. “I discussed this with my friend and decided that he would call me ‘Igor’ and I would use a different name for him.”

The pseudonym stuck, he explained with a chuckle.

In 2014, Igor voluntarily crossed the Ukrainian border to join his armed forces after Putin invaded the country under the pretense of supporting then-President Viktor Yanukovych, who instigated massive protests in November 2013 after rejecting a plan to further integrate Ukraine into the European Union. Union. . . .

Yanukovych tried to forcibly suppress public outcry before he was overthrown.

A step that replicated the steps that Putin will take Belarus just seven years later after what Western officials condemned as a failed election when Lukashenko became president again, Russia entered Ukraine in February 2014 in an attempt to consolidate its influence in the region.

By March of that year, Putin had annexed Crimea, and fighting in the Donbas has continued ever since.

But Igor said he saw the writing on the wall and knew it would become even more of a problem if Ukraine’s sovereignty was not respected.

“I realized that global changes are beginning in our region, and I realized that the issue of freedom for Ukraine and Belarus is a matter of fighting the regimes of Putin and Lukashenko,” he said, adding that he proceeded from a total struggle. which the world is now watching, would have started in 2014, but Moscow said the waiting game gave them “an opportunity to prepare.”

Igor said that he believes only 20 percent of Belarusians support Lukashenka and his allegiance to Putin, and that only three percent support a “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Belarusian military train in Ukraine with the regiment named after Kastus Kalinouski

Belarusian military train in Ukraine with the regiment named after Kastus Kalinouski
(Photo courtesy of the Kastus Kalinowski regiment)


But Lukashenka is clearly growing desire to go to war means that Igor and hundreds of other Belarusian fighters who volunteered for the front line could fight with their compatriots.

Late last month, Belarus reportedly moved to increase conscription and began issuing summons to men and women to participate in “mobilization exercises” in the Gomel region, which borders Ukraine, where a series of exercises began earlier this week.

Igor has taken a hard line when it comes to clashing with compatriots on the battlefield and said: “Maybe they are Belarusians on their passports, but in fact they are full of a pro-Russian and pro-imperial mentality.”

“Any soldier can refuse to enter Ukraine for various reasons, but we will consider those who will obey the orders of Putin and Lukashenko to be enemies, and we will not have any moods in their direction,” he added.

Concerns are mounting over how Ukraine can handle not only the addition of a northern front, but the possibility that Russia could gain an advantage as more boots on the ground enter the fray.

“Of course, it will be more difficult for Ukraine, and this will divert part of the forces from the front line to the east and south,” Igor said. “But I’m sure we’ll win and we’ll get through this.”

Soldiers of the Belarusian regiment named after Kastus Kalinouski train in Ukraine.

Soldiers of the Belarusian regiment named after Kastus Kalinouski train in Ukraine.
(Photo courtesy of the Kastus Kalinowski regiment)


The brigade commander said that the decision to enter the war would be a colossal mistake for the scandalous Belarusian president.

“An order for a ground operation in Ukraine,” he warned, “and this will be one of Lukashenka’s last orders.”