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Belarus renounces non-nuclear status in referendum

Mass arrests of protesters follow as vote opens door to hosting Russian weapons

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko casts his ballot in Minsk on Feb. 27 for the constitutional referendum. (Nikolay Petrov/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS)   © Reuters

(Reuters) -- About 800 people were arrested as Belarus voted to ditch its non-nuclear status in a referendum that raises the stakes at a time when the country has become a staging ground for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the government said on Monday.

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