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"We are fighting the enemy": a volunteer from Belarus told why he stood up in defense of Ukraine. Photo and video

Andrii Tratsevsky from Belarus has been fighting on the side of Ukraine since the first day of the full-scale war

Belarusian volunteer Andrii Tratsevskyi, nicknamed "Immortal," together with his comrades from the Belarusian Volunteer Corps, is fighting on the side of Ukraine against the Russian occupiers. The former employee of the Belarusian Ministry of Defense came to the defense of our country on the first day of the full-scale Russian invasion.

Andrii explains his decision to go to war simply: he is fighting not only the aggressor state of Russia, but also the regime of self-proclaimed President of Belarus Oleksandr Lukashenko, who deprived him of his home. Bezsmertnyi told his story to journalists of the Ukrainian Witness project.

''We are fighting the enemy'': a volunteer from Belarus told why he stood up in defense of Ukraine. Photo and video

Volunteer Andrii Tratsevskyi ("Immortal") has been fighting the Russian occupiers in Ukraine since the first day of the full-scale Russian aggression. The warrior became one of the co-founders of the Belarusian Volunteer Corps.

Currently, he is involved in battles in the Zaporizhzhia sector. According to the warrior, the Russians have managed to dig in well.

"On the second line of defense, the Russian dugouts are filled with concrete and fortified five meters deep. The only way to get the enemy from there is to enter these fortifications with your own feet," noted " the Immortal'.

''We are fighting the enemy'': a volunteer from Belarus told why he stood up in defense of Ukraine. Photo and video

Andrii Tratsevskyi once worked as an engineer in the Belarusian Ministry of Defense. However, he could not reconcile himself with the hazing and arbitrariness that prevails in the still thoroughly "soviet" Belarusian army.

"I was repeatedly offered to become a policeman or a soldier - I refused. It contradicts my worldview. Once I saw a major in the Belarusian army forcing a young soldier to cut the lawn with a pair of clerical scissors. I filmed it with my smartphone and then wrote a letter of resignation," said Tratsevski.

''We are fighting the enemy'': a volunteer from Belarus told why he stood up in defense of Ukraine. Photo and video

He also spoke about the creeping occupation of Belarus, which has been carried out by Russia for decades with the full cooperation of the Lukashenko regime. In particular, this is clearly seen in the language issue in the country.

"Belarusian is the language of teachers and oppositionists, it doesn't actually exist. Everyone speaks Russian. If your neighbor hears you speaking Belarusian, he can call the police and report you as an "oppositionist," Andrii noted.

''We are fighting the enemy'': a volunteer from Belarus told why he stood up in defense of Ukraine. Photo and video

It was pain for his country, coupled with an innate sense of justice, that brought Tratsevskyi to the front in Ukraine. The soldier is convinced that by fighting back against Russia in Ukraine, he is bringing the liberation of his native country closer.

"Here we are fighting the enemy who took my country as well. If I die, it will be in the fight for the truth, for people and absolute good," Immortal explained his decision in a simple but comprehensive manner.

Earlier, it became known that the young daughter of a volunteer from Belarus who died in Ukraine received the Cross of the Brave from Zaluzhnyi .

Dzmitry "Hans" Rubashevskyi has been fighting for Ukraine since 2015 in the ranks of the Right Sector. He received the public award "People's Hero of Ukraine" for defending the Butivka mine. "Hans" was wounded three times, and in 2019 he lost an eye in combat.

After the injury, he was cared for by the sister of his fallen comrade. Soon they got married and had a daughter.

Dmytro died on April 12, 2022, while performing a combat mission in the Luhansk region. The soldier fought as part of a company tactical group that made raids into enemy lines. Before his death, "Hans" killed the commander of the Russian group.

In early September 2023, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy posthumously awarded him the Order for Courage, III degree.

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