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Riot police officers detain a protester during a Belarusian opposition supporters' rally protesting the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Protests calling for the Belarusian president's resignation have broken out daily since the Aug. 9 presidential election that officials say handed him a sixth term in office. (AP Photo)

Belarus president closes some borders, puts army on alert

Sep. 17, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus’ president, beleaguered by six weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation, on Thursday announced he was putting troops on high alert and closing the country’s borders with Poland and Lithuania. President Alexander Lukashenko’s decision underlines his...

Jewish pilgrims sit on the Belarus-Ukraine border, in Belarus, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. About 700 Jewish pilgrims are stuck on Belarus' border due to coroavirus restrictions that bar them from entering Ukraine. Thousands of pilgrims visit the city each September for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. However, Ukraine closed its borders in late August amid a surge in COVID-19 infections. (TUT.by via AP)

Ukraine, Belarus trade accusations over Jewish pilgrims

Sep. 16, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Belarus traded angry accusations Wednesday over thousands of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims who have remained stuck on their border after Ukraine denied them entry because of coronavirus restrictions. Ukraine's presidential office urged Belarusian authorities to stop issuing...

In this photo taken from video and released by Russian Presidential Press Service, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talk during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Belarus' authoritarian president is visiting Russia in a bid to secure more loans and political support as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule enter their sixth week. Alexander Lukashenko's talks Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi come a day after an estimated 150,000 flooded the streets of the Belarusian capital, demanding Lukashenko's resignation. (Russian Presidential Press Service via AP)

Belarusian opposition condemns Russia for backing Lukashenko

Sep. 15, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Tuesday that a $1.5 billion loan it offered to Belarus carried no political conditions, despite claims by the Belarusian opposition that Russia was trying to shore up the nation's authoritarian president amid post-election protests. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced...

Protesters try to prevent police from detaining a demonstrator, center, during a rally in support of Maria Kolesnikova, and other members of the Coordination Council created by the opposition to facilitate talks with Lukashenko on a transition of power, was detained Monday in the capital of Minsk with two other council members, in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The leading opposition candidate in Belarus' disputed presidential election said Wednesday that the political tension in her country should be solved internally, by the Belarusian people, but she did not exclude the need for future international mediation. (AP Photo)

Nobel laureate warns arrests won't stop Belarus protests

Sep. 9, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Wednesday detained one of the two last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lawyer Maxim Znak, a member of the Coordination Council...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 file photo, Maria Kolesnikova, one of Belarus' opposition leaders, gestures on the way to the Belarusian Investigative Committee in Minsk, Belarus. Maria Kolesnikova, a leading opposition activist and several other members of an opposition council in Belarus went missing Monday and their colleagues feared they were detained as part of the authorities' efforts to squelch nearly a month of protests against the re-election of the country's authoritarian leader. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

Belarus activist resists effort to deport her to Ukraine

Sep. 8, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A leading opposition activist in Belarus was held on the border with Ukraine on Tuesday after she resisted an attempt by authorities to deport her as part of government efforts to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Maria Kolesnikova, a member...

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński speaks to The Associated in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Jabłoński said that Poland's government welcomes signals that Germany might stop a controversial gas pipeline project, Nord Stream 2, over the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

AP Interview: Poland welcomes new German doubts on pipeline

Sep. 8, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s government welcomes signals that Germany might stop a controversial gas pipeline project over the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, a Polish deputy foreign minister said Tuesday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Paweł Jabłoński...

Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine tighten regional cooperation

Jul. 28, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine on Tuesday announced a new platform for increasing cooperation in security, economy, and political matters, as well as for fighting COVID-19. The foreign ministers of the three neighboring nations launched the so-called Lublin Triangle during their...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 9 2019, a Ukrainian soldier takes position on the front line at the town of Novoluhanske in the Donetsk region, Ukraine.   Ukrainian and rebel forces in war-torn eastern Ukraine have started preparing for a “full and comprehensive” ceasefire scheduled to begin at midnight on Monday July 27, 2020. Rebel officials said Sunday they have instructed their troops about the ceasefire and issued a decree banning weapon use, while Ukraine's president said that if upheld, it would “pave the way for implementing other clauses” of the Minsk peace deal. (AP Photo/Vitali Komar, FILE)

Cease-fire in war-torn eastern Ukraine to begin at midnight

Jul. 26, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and rebel forces in war-torn eastern Ukraine have started preparing for a “full and comprehensive” cease-fire scheduled to begin at midnight, a move that officials hope can lead to more steps to resolve the 6-year-old conflict. Rebel officials said Sunday they...