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Poland sees rise of African migrants coming through Russia

Aug. 04, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish officials on Thursday reported a change in migration patterns across the country’s border with Belarus, with Africans who first traveled to Russia making up most of those seeking to enter Poland illegally by that route instead of people from the Mideast. ...

Poland summons Belarus diplomat over jailing of journalist

Aug. 04, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish foreign ministry on Thursday summoned the Belarusian charge d’affaires to express its concerns after a journalist who had worked for Polish media was sentenced to five years in prison by a court in Belarus. Ministry spokesman Lukasz Jasina said...

Belarus court gives another journalist a lengthy prison term

Aug. 03, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

TALINN, Estonia (AP) — A court in Belarus on Wednesday sentenced yet another independent journalist to a lengthy prison term, part of a continued government crackdown on opposition activists, critical media outlets and independent reporters. Iryna Slaunikava, 52-year-old...

Report: double standard for non-Ukrainian refugees in Poland

Jul. 28, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — While Poland has welcomed millions of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war, third-country nationals fleeing the same conflict are not getting the same assistance, the U.N. special expert on migrants’ rights said Thursday. Those affected include permanent...

Russians press assault on eastern Ukrainian city

Jul. 02, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded the city of Lysychansk and its surroundings in an all-out attempt to seize the last stronghold of resistance in eastern Ukraine's Luhansk province, the governor said Saturday. A presidential adviser said its fate would be decided within the next two...

Poland completes Belarus border wall to keep migrants out

Jun. 30, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A year after migrants started crossing into the European Union from Belarus to Poland, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and top security officials visited the border area on Thursday to mark the completion of a new steel wall. On Friday, Polish...

Russia strikes Kyiv as Western leaders meet in Europe

Jun. 26, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia shattered weeks of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital with long-range missiles fired toward Kyiv early Sunday, an apparent Kremlin show-of-force as Western leaders meet in Europe to strengthen their military and economic support of Ukraine. Kyiv...

Russia fires missiles across Ukraine, cements gains in east

Jun. 25, 2022 20:33 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces were seeking to swallow up the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the eastern Luhansk region, pressing their momentum after taking full control Saturday of the charred ruins of Sievierodonetsk and the chemical plant where hundreds of Ukrainian troops and...

Poland to end state of emergency along border with Belarus

Jun. 09, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government announced Thursday that it will lift a state of emergency on July 1 along its border with Belarus as it completes the construction of a wall aimed at stopping migrants and refugees. However, it will still ban people from getting within 200...

Live updates | UN secretary-general renews calls for peace

Jun. 03, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday renewed his call for an immediate halt to violence on the 100th day of the war in Ukraine. The U.N. chief also called for urgent protection for civilians, unfettered access to provide them with humanitarian aid and...