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On a visit to his Belarusian ally, Putin questions Zelenskyy's legitimacy as Ukraine's leader

May. 24, 2024 12:43 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited his Belarusian counterpart and close ally for talks Friday in Minsk, after which he questioned whether Volodymyr Zelenskyy has the legitimacy to negotiate on Ukraine's behalf. Russia is willing to hold talks about...

Putin arrives in neighboring Belarus for a two-day visit with a key ally

May. 23, 2024 18:43 PM EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Thursday in Belarus for a two-day visit as part of several foreign tours to kick off his fifth term in office, underscoring close ties with a neighboring ally that has been instrumental in Russia's war effort in Ukraine. Putin traveled to...

Belarus authorities unleash another wave of raids and property seizures targeting over 200 activists

May. 21, 2024 15:33 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Authorities in Belarus on Tuesday carried out raids and property seizures targeting more than 200 opposition activists, the latest step in the unrelenting government crackdown against dissent, coinciding with the opposition's “day of solidarity with Belarusian political...

Belarus targets opposition activists with raids and property seizures

May. 16, 2024 15:00 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Authorities in Belarus on Thursday announced raids and the seizure of property belonging to 104 opposition activists who have fled the country, the latest step in a crackdown on dissent that has continued unabated for nearly four years. Belarus'...

Belarus launches nuclear drills a day after Russia announces them amid tensions with West

May. 07, 2024 13:52 PM EDT

Belarus on Tuesday launched drills involving missiles and warplanes capable of carrying tactical nuclear weapons, which close ally Russia has deployed there amid tensions with the West over Ukraine. The Belarusian maneuvers began a day after Russia announced plans to hold similar...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader says she hasn’t heard from her imprisoned husband for over 400 days

May. 02, 2024 17:21 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarus’ exiled opposition leader said Thursday that she hasn’t heard from her imprisoned husband for 421 days. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said holding her husband incommunicado is part of the government’s repressive policies. Siarhei...

Belarus labels German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle ‘extremist,’ bans activities in the country

Apr. 29, 2024 13:50 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Monday declared that the Belarusian service of the German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle is an “extremist" organization and banned all its activities in the country. The declaration means anyone working with Deutsche Welle...

Hackers claim to have infiltrated Belarus' main security service

Apr. 26, 2024 14:28 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A Belarusian hacker activist group claims to have infiltrated the network of the country’s main KGB security agency and accessed personnel files of over 8,600 employees of the organization, which still goes under its Soviet name. The authorities have not...

Belarus claims it prevented drone attacks from Lithuania. Vilnius rejects the allegations

Apr. 25, 2024 16:02 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A top security official in Belarus claimed Thursday that the country has prevented attempted drone strikes from Lithuania targeting the Belarusian capital and surrounding areas. Lithuania denied the claim. Ivan Tertel, head of the Belarusian Committee for...

The family of imprisoned Belarusian opposition figure hasn't heard from her for over 400 days

Apr. 24, 2024 15:59 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — It's been 434 days since the family of imprisoned Belarusian opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova heard from her, her relatives said Wednesday, on the activist's 42nd birthday. Kolesnikova, who is serving 11 years in prison for helping organize...