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Belarus leader bristles at criminal complaint in Germany

May. 07, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian leader on Friday bristled at a criminal complaint filed against him in Germany over his violent crackdown on protests that broke out after his disputed re-election in August. President Alexander Lukashenko charged that...

Holocaust survivor who led Yad Vashem memorial dies at 94

May. 06, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Yitzhak Arad, a Holocaust survivor and scholar who was the director of Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial for more than two decades, has died at the age of 94, the center said Thursday. Arad served as chairman of Yad Vashem from 1972 to 1993 and...

Belarus opposition leader in Slovenia before EU presidency

May. 03, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — The exiled Belarusian opposition leader on Monday called for sustained international focus on the struggle for democracy in her country against long-ruling authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya spoke during...

Ukraine, Baltics, Poland leaders meet on Polish holiday

May. 03, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lithuania's president said Monday that his country will never accept Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and Moscow's military pressure on eastern Ukraine, or the Kremlin's attempts to influence Belarus. President Gitanas Nauseda was in...

Belarus Olympian to go on hunger strike as political protest

Apr. 30, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An Olympic silver medalist who is one of Belarus’ most lauded athletes says he is going on a 10-day hunger strike to support victims of political repression in the country. Andrei Krauchanka, who medaled in the decathlon at the 2008 Games in...

Russia rejects Ukraine's push to revise 2015 peace deal

Apr. 28, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister sternly warned Ukrainian officials Wednesday that Moscow would not accept their push to revise a peace deal for eastern Ukraine. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's comments followed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calling...

Russian defense chief scoffs at Western warnings on Ukraine

Apr. 27, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense chief said Tuesday that a troop pullback from areas near Ukraine had nothing to do with Western pressure, adding that Moscow will continue doing what is necessary to protect itself. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also voiced concern about...

Police in Belarus block rally marking Chernobyl anniversary

Apr. 26, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Monday enforced tight security measures to prevent an opposition rally marking the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. The military and police flooded the center of the Belarusian capital, Minsk, blocking...

Belarus leader seeks to empower son in succession move

Apr. 24, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian leader says he will change the law on presidential succession so that power in the Eastern European nation will be transferred if he dies to the national security council where his son plays a prominent role. Many observers...

Belarus leader in Moscow for talks on closer ties

Apr. 22, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Belarusian counterpart on Thursday for talks on closer integration between the two ex-Soviet neighbors, discussions that were criticized by the Belarusian opposition. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has...