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With Wagner in Belarus, tension grows on northern Ukraine border

By Fredrick Kunkle and Sergii Mukaieliants

27 Jul 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Fears of fresh military attacks along Ukraine's northern border have grown following the relocation of Yevgeniy Prigozhin's Wagner mercenaries to Belarus.

YUROVE, Ukraine - Fears have grown along Ukraine's northern border about the potential for new military attacks since Yevgeniy Prigozhin's Wagner mercenaries relocated to Belarus after last month's short-lived mutiny against Moscow's military leadership, with Ukraine - and even Poland - tightening security and stepping up defenses.

Belarus served as a staging ground when Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his wide-scale invasion in February 2022, including a failed assault on Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. Defeated Russian units then retreated back across the Belarusian border.

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