Belarus joins Russia’s war on Ukraine – POLITICO

Belarus joined the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Tuesday, with the country’s troops entering the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities confirmed.

In one Tweeter Released on Tuesday morning, Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, confirmed earlier reports that Belarusian troops were on Ukrainian soil.

“Belarusian troops have entered the Chernihiv region. The information was confirmed to the public by Vitaliy Kyrylov, spokesman for the Northern Territorial Defense Forces. More details later,” the tweet said.

According to local reports, a Belarusian column of 33 units had entered the region, located north of Kiev, with cut off mobile communications.

The Belarusian deployment comes days after authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko held a referendum on proposed changes to the constitution that would allow him to consolidate control of the country and end Belarus’ status as a nuclear-free zone – opening up the way for a possible deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in the country.

Unsurprisingly, Lukashenko’s team won the referendum, according to Russian news agencies, citing Belarus’ Central Election Commission that 65.16% of those who participated voted in favour.

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