Axis of autocrats: Belarus dictator Lukashenka backs Putin’s Ukraine war

Ukraine, Crimea, Simferopol, February 28, 2014: Russian soldiers without insignia seize the international airport. © Pierre Crom

The axis of autocrats in Eastern Europe continues to solidify as Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka bends over backwards to please his patrons and masters in the Kremlin.

In the wake of last month’s summit meeting with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Lukashenka has made two announcements that effectively indicate he is prepared to recognize Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea as well as the de facto sovereignty of the Kremlin-controlled “separatist republics” in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region.

Ukraine, Donetsk, February 24, 2015: Russian tanks on the outskirst of Donetsk. © Pierre Crom
Ukraine, Nikishyne: aftermath of artillery shelling between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed militias.
© Pierre Crom
Ukraine, Opytne: An Ukrainian serviceman on the frontline on the outskirts of Donetsk. © Pierre Crom



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