Belarus Says It Has Dismantled 'Terrorist Sleeper Cells' With Ties To West

Belarus Says It Has Dismantled 'Terrorist Sleeper Cells' With Ties To West

The authoritarian leader claimed the cells had ties to Germany, Ukraine, the United States, Poland, and Lithuania and plotted to "overthrow the regime by violence."

Andrew H. Sweet

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.

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