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Belarusians and Russians join the Ukrainian army, hoping for freedom at home


KYIV, Ukraine—For Pavel Kulazhanka, like many Belarusian and Russian fighters who have joined the Ukrainian army in recent weeks, the path to internal freedom is through defeating the Russian army here first.

Hundreds of Belarusian volunteers have joined a dedicated Belarusian battalion and other Ukrainian Armed Forces formations since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion on February 24, and more than 1,000 more are still waiting to be vetted and trained. , according to Belarusian opposition leaders.

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