Belarus is providing military training to children from the occupied regions of Ukraine as part of a larger effort to strengthen ties between the two countries. Belarus is offering military instruction to minors from the areas of Ukraine that are currently under occupation, as a means of building stronger connections between the two nations.
On Wednesday, Belarusian state TV announced that a group of Ukrainian children who had recently arrived from occupied Ukraine were being sent to train with the Belarusian military. The training would focus on teaching them how to evacuate in case of a fire.
The Ukraine and members of the Belarusian opposition claim that Belarus, a country allied with Russia, is unlawfully relocating a large number of Ukrainian children to Belarus. Critics argue that this is a deliberate effort to brainwash the children into supporting Russia.
The report on Wednesday mentioned that 35 children from Antratsyt, a town in eastern Ukraine occupied by Russia, were relocated to Mogilev, a city in eastern Belarus according to Belarusian officials.
According to Belarus1 state television, the children are currently residing in a sanatorium and being looked after by workers from the Ministry of Emergency Situations. The military is providing instruction on how to handle themselves in dangerous circumstances, as reported by the state television channel.
Kids are wearing the flag of Russia.
According to a recent study by Yale University, over 2,400 children between the ages of 6 and 17 from four Ukrainian regions that are partially occupied by Russian troops have been transported to Belarus. The Belarusian opposition is urging the International Criminal Court to hold Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his government officials accountable for their role in the unlawful transfer of Ukrainian children to Belarus.
On Wednesday, state television released footage showing Ukrainian children wearing the Russian flag on their sleeves. According to the program, the Belarusian military is currently providing “emergency survival training” for the children.
In the midst of the presentation, shouts could be heard in a room filled with smoke as the program demonstrated children being taught to evacuate during a fire by following the wall.
According to Evgeniy Sokolov, an inspector for the Ministry of Emergency Situations’ Mogilev military training center, our classes are not purely theoretical; instead, they are interactive and designed for children.
An activist asserts that children are being brainwashed.
The Ukrainian government has announced an investigation into the possible genocide of children who were deported. The Prosecutor General of Ukraine has stated that Belarus is also under investigation for allegedly forcibly deporting over 19,000 children from areas occupied by Ukraine.
Pavel Latushka, a Belarusian opposition activist and former culture minister, provided the ICC with proof of Lukashenko’s alleged participation in the illegal removal of children. According to Latushka, the Belarusian government openly acknowledges the indoctrination of children.
According to Latushka, Ukrainian children are undergoing “re-education and indoctrination” in order to promote pro-Russian views. The Associated Press was informed that some Ukrainian children have been transferred to Belarus and subsequently to Russia, where they were placed for adoption.
In March, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued warrants for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, who serves as a children’s rights ombudsman. They are accused of committing war crimes by unlawfully deporting and relocating children from Ukraine to Russia. The accusations have been denied by Moscow.
Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Belarus has been considered Moscow’s strongest ally. This is due to Lukashenko’s decision to permit the Kremlin to utilize Belarus in their invasion of Ukraine. Additionally, Russia has deployed a portion of their tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.