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People look an art installation to mark 79th anniversary of the 1941 Babi Yar massacre at a menorah monument close to a Babi Yar ravine where tens of thousands of Jews were killed during WWII, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Ukraine marked the 79th anniversary of the 1941 Babi Yar massacre. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine marks 79th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre

Sep. 29, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Tuesday marked the 79th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, one of the most infamous mass slaughters of World War II. Babi Yar, a ravine in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, is where nearly 34,000 Jews were killed within 48 hours in 1941 when the city was under Nazi...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko delivers a speech during his inauguration ceremony at the Palace of the Independence in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that wasn't announced in advance. State news agency BelTA reported that Wednesday's ceremony is taking place in the capital of Minsk, with several hundred top government official present. (Andrei Stasevich, BelTA/Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus president sworn in at unannounced inaugural ceremony

Sep. 26, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn in Wednesday to his sixth term in office at an inaugural ceremony that was not announced in advance amid weeks of huge protests of the authoritarian leader's reelection, which the opposition says was rigged. One opposition leader...

In this photo provided by the Emergency Situation Ministry, a view of the debris and remains of the AN-26 military plane  which crashed on Friday night, in the town of Chuguyiv close to Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday Sept. 26, 2020. Searchers combing the area where a Ukrainian military aircraft crashed found two more bodies on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 26. One person survived. The plane, a twin-turboprop Antonov-26 belonging to the Ukrainian air force, was carrying a crew of seven and 20 cadets of a military aviation school when it crashed and burst into flames Friday night while coming in for landing at the airport in Chuhuiv, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital Kyiv.  (Emergency Situation Ministry via AP)

Ukraine plane crash death toll rises to 26, with 1 survivor

Sep. 26, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Searchers combing the area where a Ukrainian military aircraft crashed found two more bodies Saturday, bringing the death toll to 26. One person survived. The plane, a twin-turboprop Antonov-26 belonging to the Ukrainian air force, was carrying a crew of seven and 20 cadets of a military...

Member state flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

The Latest: Venezuela's Guaidó urges nations to decry Maduro

Sep. 23, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:10 p.m. He didn’t get a spot at the U.N. General Assembly. But U.S.-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó still put out his own online message during this year’s gathering of world leaders. On...

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...