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How Belarus got radicalised towards Ukraine

Up until Summer 2021, Belarus was considered if not an ally of Ukraine in its confrontation with Russia, then at least a neutral buffer zone. Officially, Belarus took a position of an “impartial” neighbour. However, the incident with the hijacked plane and the illegal arrest of the Belarusian independent journalist Roman Protasevich, widely condemned as an act of international aviation terrorism, confirmed that Belarus has finally chosen the side in the Russian-Ukrainian war.