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'A long journey': Volunteers from Belarus fight for Ukraine

May. 22, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — One is a restaurateur who fled Belarus when he learned he was about to be arrested for criticizing President Alexander Lukashenko. Another was given the choice of either denouncing fellow opposition activists or being jailed. And one is certain his brother was killed by the...

Belarus expands death penalty law, ups threat to opposition

May. 18, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus on Wednesday expanded the death penalty law to include “attempted terrorism,” in a move that could radically ramp up the government's pressure on the country's beleaguered opposition. Authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko signed a law...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 16, 2022 22:49 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine — The western Ukrainian city of Lviv has been rocked by number of very loud explosions. An Associated Press team in the city witnessed the glare of bright explosions which lit up the night sky to the west of the city shortly after midnight local time. Witnesses...

The AP Interview: Belarus admits Russia's war 'drags on'

May. 05, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko defended Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, but he said he didn’t expect the 10-week-old conflict to “drag on this way.” He also spoke out against ...

Stanislav Shushkevich, post-Soviet leader of Belarus, dies

May. 04, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Stanislav Shushkevich, who steered Belarus to independence, served as its first leader and is reported to have taught Russian to John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the 1960s, has died. He was 87. Shushkevich died early Wednesday, according to his...

Belarus launches new crackdown on activists, journalists

Apr. 20, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — The authorities in Belarus have conducted a new wave of searches and arrests of union activists and independent journalists, a leading human rights group said Wednesday. At least 16 people have been arrested in Minsk, Grodno, Borisov and other Belarusian...

Live Updates | First Bushmaster vehicle is headed to Ukraine

Apr. 07, 2022 22:18 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — The first of 20 Bushmaster armored vehicles has left Australia for Ukraine, one week after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy specifically requested the Australian-manufactured four-wheel drives. A Boeing C-17 Globemaster transport jet that can carry four...

Live updates: Ammonia leak contaminates area in east Ukraine

Mar. 21, 2022 00:52 AM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine — An ammonia leak at a chemical plant in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sumy has contaminated an area with a radius of more than 2.5 kilometers (about 1.5 miles), officials said early Monday. Sumy regional governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyy didn’t say what caused the leak. ...

Live updates: Zelenskyy says 9,000 leave besieged Mariupol

Mar. 18, 2022 22:17 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russian forces are blockading Ukraine's largest cities to create a “humanitarian catastrophe” with the aim of persuading Ukrainians to cooperate with them. He says Russians are preventing supplies from reaching...

Live updates: Zelenskyy mum on specifics of new US aid

Mar. 17, 2022 21:40 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he was thankful to U.S. President Joe Biden for the additional military aid but said he would not say specifically what the new package included because he didn't want to tip off Russia. “This is our defense,” he said...