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Live Updates: Russia-Ukraine War

Sep. 30, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's national police says the death toll from a Russian missile strike on a convoy of cars on the outskirts of Zaporizhzha has risen to 30 people, including children. Police said 88 people were wounded in Friday's S-300 missile attack on a column of...

Russian military recruiter shot amid fear of Ukraine call-up

Sep. 26, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A young man shot a Russian military officer at close range at an enlistment office Monday, an unusually bold attack reflecting resistance to Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to mobilize hundreds of thousands of more men to wage war on Ukraine. The...

Belarus foreign minister blames NATO, West for Ukraine war

Sep. 24, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In the eyes of Belarus' foreign minister, the root cause of the war in Ukraine dates back 30 years ago to the end of the Cold War. At that time, there was no official treaty — just a “gentlemen’s agreement” that opened a path for the West to secure its...

Belarus opposition says fate of country, Ukraine intertwined

Sep. 24, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The fate of Belarus and Ukraine are “interconnected,” and both countries must fight together to safeguard their very existence because Russia doesn’t view them as independent sovereign states, Belarus' opposition leader said Friday. Sviatlana...

Leader says Belarusian warplanes made ready to carry nukes

Aug. 26, 2022 10:45 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus said Friday that the country's warplanes have been modified to carry nuclear weapons in line with an agreement with ally Russia. President Alexander Lukashenko said the upgrade followed his June meeting with Russian President...

Poland says grave with WWII soldiers is destroyed by Belarus

Aug. 25, 2022 09:45 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government alleged Thursday that authorities in neighboring Belarus were leveling a memorial site containing the graves of Polish resistance fighters who died battling Soviet soldiers during World War II. Lukasz Jasina, the spokesman for Poland's...

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...