According to President Lukashenko, "a huge number of weapons were pouring into Belarus from Ukraine," which prompted him to order Belarusian border guards to "permanently close the border with Ukraine."
He added that the cells' activities were coordinated via a Telegram channel dubbed "Self-defence regiments of Belarus," which had 2,500 subscribers and belonged to a German citizen.
The German government repeatedly refused to comment on Lukashenko's allegations at a press conference.
The move comes amid heightened tensions between the Belarusian regime and the West after a Ryanair flight was forced to land in Minsk in May, and a Belarusian journalist on board was detained.
Read the original story here.
Sign in or become a tippinsights member to join the conversation.
Just enter your email below to get a log in link.