A Belarusian general told Fox News Digital that the tactic could cause problems in Minsk’s ranks since there are growing worries that Russia may turn to foreign allies like Belarus to supply more foot soldiers if Russian men display the flag in Ukraine.
Denys Prokhorov, the commander of the Belarusian Kastus Kalinouski unit, stated in Kyiv, “My judgment is that it is unlikely, but if it happens, there would be enormous issues.”
If Belarus were to order its forces to fight with Russia in Ukraine, Prokhorov warned that Belarus would certainly encounter “troop sabotage and [an] reluctance to combat.”
Russian and Belarusian armed forces take part in a military exercise in Gomel, Belarus, on February 19. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Military bases in Russia and Belarus were shaken by a fire and explosions the day after destructive explosions at Crima Airport.
Ukrainian forces have warned that Minsk is testing its combat readiness in areas bordering Ukraine as a result of the rise in joint military drills between Russia and Belarus.
The Belarusian commander, who just got back to Kyiv from the front, is a member of a volunteer Belarusian military group that pledged loyalty to Ukraine in March following Russia’s devastating invasion.
After Russia’s initial invasion of Belarus in 2014, Prokhorov left his country at the age of 18 to join the Ukrainian military.
In an interview with Ukraine’s Frontline Media that was translated, he revealed that since then, people have called him “Kyt,” which is Ukrainian for “whale” and represents “huge force paired with great calm at the same time.”