Latest Minsk News

New Ukrainian leader heads to high-stakes meeting with Putin

Dec. 6, 2019 5:16 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — For new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a summit meeting with Russia, France and Germany marks a decisive moment in his push to end more than five years of fighting with Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern part of his country. While the Kremlin may share that objective, there...

New Ukrainian leader heads to high-stakes meeting with Putin

Dec. 6, 2019 3:57 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — For new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a summit meeting with Russia, France and Germany marks a decisive moment in his push to end more than five years of fighting with Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern part of his country. While the Kremlin may share that objective, there...

Belarus election results: An opposition-free parliament

Nov. 18, 2019 11:08 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Full preliminary results from parliamentary elections in Belarus show the chamber will have no members of the opposition to challenge strongman President Alexander Lukashenko. Results released by the national elections commission on Monday show all the parliament’s 110 seats...

Russia returns 3 seized ships to Ukraine, talks about summit

Nov. 18, 2019 10:56 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Three Ukrainian naval ships that were seized by Russia nearly a year ago have been returned, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Monday. The two gunboats and a tug were taken by the Russian coast guard on Nov. 25, 2018, as they maneuvered near the Kerch Strait that connects the Black Sea...

Belarus leader dismisses democracy even as vote takes place

Nov. 17, 2019 2:00 PM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian president has brushed off concerns that Sunday’s parliament election, from which many opposition figures have been excluded, would be regarded as neither free nor fair. After casting his ballot in a polling station in the capital of Minsk,...

Belarus holds vote, ignores blatant ballot box stuffing

Nov. 15, 2019 6:58 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus is holding a parliamentary election but with top opposition candidates kept off the ballot, only loyalists to the nation’s authoritarian president will win in what observers see as a dress rehearsal for next year’s similarly skewered presidential vote. Belarus...

Ukraine, rebels say pullback in the east is completed

Nov. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian military and Russia-backed separatist rebels have completed a pullback of troops and weapons from an area in eastern Ukraine embroiled in a conflict that has killed more than 13,000 people, officials said Monday. The disengagement near Petrivske that began Saturday...

Ukraine peace plan in limbo after inconclusive talks

Oct. 15, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A plan for Ukrainian and separatists to pull back their troops and weapons in eastern Ukraine remained in limbo after another round of inconclusive talks Tuesday. Ukraine's newly-elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has sought to revive a long-stalled peace plan by pressing for a...

Ukraine leader: Predecessor trying to derail peace process

Oct. 10, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused his predecessor on Thursday of fomenting protests to derail a peace process for the country's separatist-held east and said talks with Russia were the only way to end the five-year war there. Zelenskiy told reporters that Petro...