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Belarus promises to cooperate with Ukraine on suspected Russian mercenaries: Belta

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko takes part in the celebrations of Independence Day in Minsk, Belarus July 3, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Wednesday Minsk would cooperate with Ukraine in the case of a group of suspected Russian mercenaries who were detained by security forces in Belarus last week, the Belta news agency reported.

Ukraine is seeking the extradition of the men for their alleged role in fighting in eastern Ukraine. Russia denies the men are mercenaries and says they work for a private security firm.

Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Jon Boyle