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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...

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 ...

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 | Russia-Ukraine War

Apr. 05, 2022 22:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden approved a $100 million transfer of Javelin anti-armor missiles to Ukraine on Tuesday, according to an administration official. The transfer brings the total of U.S. military assistance for Ukraine to $2.4 billion since Biden took office last...

US closes embassy in Belarus, lets staff leave in Russia

Feb. 28, 2022 07:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has closed the U.S. Embassy in Belarus and is allowing non-essential staff at the U.S. Embassy in Russia to leave the country due to the war in Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the suspension of operations at the Minsk...

Live updates: Zelenskyy declines US offer to evacuate Kyiv

Feb. 25, 2022 23:04 PM EST

The latest on the Russia-Ukraine crisis: KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was asked to evacuate Kyiv at the behest of the U.S. government but turned down the offer. Zelenskyy said in response: “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a...

The Latest: New Zealand condemns Russian actions in Ukraine

Feb. 22, 2022 22:57 PM EST

The latest on the Russia-Ukraine crisis: WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand's government summoned Russian Ambassador Georgii Zuev to meet Wednesday with top diplomatic officials who are urging Russia to return to diplomatic negotiations over Ukraine. Foreign...

The Latest: EU ministers to decide on Russian sanctions

Feb. 22, 2022 03:59 AM EST

The Latest on the Russia-Ukraine crisis (all times local): ___ BRUSSELS — European Union foreign ministers will meet Tuesday to decide what sanctions to impose over Russia’s decision to recognize two separatist regions in southeast Ukraine, the EU’s top diplomat...

Ukraine-Russia crisis: What to know in the escalating crisis

Feb. 22, 2022 00:48 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Efforts by world leaders to head off a Russian invasion of Ukraine were dealt a serious blow Monday when Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence of two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine and ordered his military to “maintain peace”...