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Funeral held for Belarusian activist killed in Ukraine

Feb. 04, 2023 13:03 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A funeral for a Belarusian military volunteer and activist who died fighting on the frontlines in eastern Ukraine was held in Kyiv on Saturday. Eduard Lobau was killed in fierce artillery battles in Vuhledar against Russian troops as part of a small but...

Along Ukraine-Belarus border, a war of nerves — and drones

Feb. 03, 2023 12:46 PM EST

BELARUS BORDER, Ukraine (AP) — The reconnaissance drones fly several times a day from Ukrainian positions deep inside the thick forest that marches across the border into Belarus, a close Russian ally, scouring sky and land for signs of trouble on the other side. Ukrainian units...

Lukashenko: Belarus willing to offer more help to Russia

Jan. 31, 2023 11:29 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday that his country is willing to offer more assistance to close ally Russia in its war against Ukraine. But Lukashenko stressed that Russia does not need “any help” right now. “However,...

Belarus' Lukashenko visits fellow Russia ally Zimbabwe

Jan. 30, 2023 11:50 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Belarusia's authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Zimbabwe to pomp and fanfare on Monday, in a visit that seeks to cement economic and political ties between the two countries that are both close allies of Russia. Zimbabwe President...

Belarus coach who removed sprinter from Olympics charged

Jan. 19, 2023 11:48 AM EST

The Belarusian track coach who tried to force a sprinter to return home from the Tokyo Olympics after she was critical of the team has been charged with breaching the sport's integrity standards. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees disciplinary actions in track and field,...

Belarus' opposition leader denounces her trial as a farce

Jan. 17, 2023 15:04 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — A trial in absentia opened Tuesday for Belarus' top opposition leader, who denounced the proceedings as a farce and urged the West to bolster support for the country's beleaguered opposition. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was the main challenger in the August...

Belarus opens trial of journalist for prominent Polish paper

Jan. 16, 2023 14:33 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarus on Monday opened the trial of a journalist and prominent member of the country's sizable Polish minority, the latest in a series of court cases against critics of the authoritarian regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. Andrzej Poczobut, 49, faces...

Russia, Belarus launch joint air force drills

Jan. 16, 2023 07:06 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Belarus on Monday launched joint air force drills, an exercise that underlines close defense ties between the two allies amid the fighting in neighboring Ukraine. The Belarusian Defense Ministry said that Russia has deployed its warplanes to Belarus for the...

Photo with Clinton used against jailed Belarus politician

Jan. 13, 2023 11:09 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusian investigators are using a photo of an opposition politician shaking hands with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as evidence in a criminal case tied to the mass protests after Belarus’ disputed 2020 presidential election. The...

Activist who ran for Belarusian presidency in 2020 detained

Jan. 12, 2023 11:37 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — An opposition politician who ran against authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in the controversial 2020 presidential election has been arrested in Minsk, a human rights group said Thursday. Andrey Dzmitryeu, a 41-year-old activist who...