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Hundreds of Belarusians protest Russian attack on Ukraine

Ukrainian flags wave in Trafalgar Square as people descend to attend a protest, in London, on Sunday, February 27, 2022.  (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Ukrainian flags wave in Trafalgar Square as people descend to attend a protest, in London, on Sunday, February 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Hundreds of people protested Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Belarus. The protests come despite the fact that the authoritarian Belarusian government has sided with Moscow.

The anti-war rallies spanned at least 12 Belarusian cities, and human rights advocates reported that more than 170 people have been arrested.

In the capital of Minsk, demonstrators marched in different parts of the city carrying Ukrainian flags. A large pile of flowers kept growing at the building of Ukraine’s Embassy.

Pavel Latushko, Belarusian top opposition figure in exile in Poland, condemns Belarus’ role in the Russian attack on Ukraine.

“The illegitimate regime in Belarus, headed by the usurper of power (President Alexander) Lukashenko, has made our country an accomplice in the aggression against the brotherly Ukrainian people,” Latushko says. “We consider aggression against Ukraine an international crime on the part of the Russian and Belarusian regimes.”

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