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24 January 2023, 14:55

Lukashenko opines on future of Kalinovsky regiment fighters

MINSK, 24 January (BelTA) – Members of illegal paramilitary groups will be brought to account and they must understand that no one needs them abroad, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the meeting to review the social and political situation and the crime rate in Belarus on 24 January, BelTA has learned.

“Those who deliberately broke the law, endangered human lives, continue destructive activities against our country with the support of Western intelligence agencies will be held accountable. We have brought the law into line and toughened it quite a bit. After all, some of those who fled (they need to provide for themselves somehow) have been radicalized and now they rely on the use of force and the creation of illegal paramilitary formations. In this case there is no returning home and there will never be,” the president said.

In this regard, Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned the Kastus Kalinovsky Regiment fighters in Ukraine and the units being formed in Lithuania and Poland. “The official authorities are trying to distance themselves from them. We are well aware of that. We see the whole picture. They send these fighters to the frontline telling them to practice their skills and after that to go to Belarus to overthrow the government, to create havoc there, to unleash a war. Recently, these fighters have come under fire at the front. Many died and many were permanently disabled. Who needs them today? No one does. President Zelensky will not ride them on the ice. But this is their choice. They must know that we will deal with them according to the laws of war,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state emphasized that a lot of work needs to be done to sort things out. “We should not act indiscriminately, because in this case our supporters will have every reason to change their mind about us and we will lose them. We must take this into account,” the president emphasized.

A reminder, at the end of an amateur hockey match on 21 January, Aleksandr Lukashenko took a wheelchair-bound person from Donbass for a lap of honor on the ice arena. A native of Donetsk Pavel Prokhorenkov attended the match together with other fans.

The young man came to Belarus for treatment in 2022. Pavel was a military man. He joined the army in 2017 and rose to the rank of lieutenant over five years in artillery troops. He was already in charge of a platoon when Russia launched a special military operation. In the spring of 2022, his equipment was blown up on a mine, shrapnel hit the officer's legs. He was taken to a Donetsk hospital where one of his legs was amputated. In order to save the other leg, the man was sent to Belarus. The doctors of Minsk Oblast Hospital managed to save his second leg - it was literally put together from pieces.

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