Fact Check: Lukashenko Does NOT Send Belarusians To Fight In Ukraine

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  • Автор: Lead Stories Staff
Fact Check: Lukashenko Does NOT Send Belarusians To Fight In Ukraine Off To Russia

Did the president of Belarus deploy his fellow citizens to fight against the Ukrainians? No, that's not true: Belarusian servicemen have been sent to Russia for training. It is planned that the course will focus on the experience gained by the Russian Armed Forces during the special military operation (as Russian media calls Russia's war with Ukraine).

The claim appeared in a video (archived here) by the TikTok account @darktwo5 on January 17, 2024. The on-screen text read (translated from Russian to English by Lead Stories staff):

Lukashenko is sending Belarusians to fight in the Ukraine
Ukrainians, do not pity Belarusians

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

Lukash Fight Ukr.jpg

(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Tue Jan 23 14:31:43 2024 UTC)

A reverse image search using Google Lens (archived here) found similar videos on TikTok here (archived here) and here (archived here) but with a completely different claim, highlighting that the Belarusian military was flying to Russia with a focus on the experience of the special military operation or SMO. A Google video search with the keywords in Russian "Belarusian military will be trained in Russia AND the experience of SMO" (archived here) found the exact tape at about the 0:26 mark used by the account claiming that Belarusians are flying to fight in Ukraine (archived here). This video is published on the YouTube channel VoyenTV, which is the television and production division of the Ministry of Defense of Belarus.

On January 15, 2024, the press service of the Military Ministry reported that Belarusian servicemen would be trained on the territory of Russia (archived here). In the course of the training, special attention will be paid to the experience gained by the Russian Armed Forces during the special military operation. After the completion of the training, the Belarusian military will pass on the experience to the units of the armed forces of Belarus.


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