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Putin’s mission to Minsk raises fears he will drag Belarus into Ukraine war

By Pjotr Sauer

19 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Putin visited the leader of Belarus in Minsk. Could this mean the Kremlin is planning to use the country as a staging ground for a renewed Russian offensive? The Guardian reports.

Vladimir Putin has discussed closer military cooperation with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, during a rare visit to the country, as fears grow in Kyiv that Moscow is pushing its closest ally to join a new ground offensive against Ukraine.

The meeting, which was Putin’s first visit to Belarus since 2019, came hours after Moscow launched a fresh barrage of “kamikaze drones” that damaged “key infrastructure” in and around Kyiv, according to the mayor, Vitali Klitschko.

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