A column of Belarus army tanks take part in a rehearsal for the Independence Day military parade in Minsk in June 2016. Photo: AP
A column of Belarus army tanks take part in a rehearsal for the Independence Day military parade in Minsk in June 2016. Photo: AP
Ukraine war

Belarus edges closer to joining Ukraine war – could it turn the tide for Russia?

  • Putin ally Lukashenko has ordered troops to deploy near the Ukraine border, as Moscow reels from a series of defeats
  • Belarus’ armed forces total just 48,000 personnel and are not combat-tested, but their potential intervention could divert Kyiv’s attention to the north

A column of Belarus army tanks take part in a rehearsal for the Independence Day military parade in Minsk in June 2016. Photo: AP
A column of Belarus army tanks take part in a rehearsal for the Independence Day military parade in Minsk in June 2016. Photo: AP
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