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Russia moves more troops westward amid Ukraine tensions

Jan. 18, 2022 09:46 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is sending troops from the country’s far east to Belarus for major war games, officials said Tuesday, in a deployment further beefing up Russian military assets near Ukraine amid Western fears of an invasion. Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said the...

Poland: some 600 migrant crossings foiled this year

Jan. 18, 2022 09:41 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Border Guard authorities say that almost 600 attempts by migrants at illegally crossing the border from Belarus have been foiled so far this year. The attempts have continued since their peak in the fall, but the number of...

Russia denies looking for pretext to invade Ukraine

Jan. 17, 2022 17:16 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat angrily rejected U.S. allegations that Moscow was preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine, as Russian troops that are amassed near the Ukraine border launched more drills Monday. The White House said Friday that U.S. intelligence officials had...

Latvia, Lithuania, Poland rapped over Belarus border methods

Jan. 13, 2022 09:44 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Latvia, Lithuania and Poland continue to use questionable methods to keep out migrants trying to enter from Belarus and are denying access to aid groups trying to help people stuck in border areas, senior U.N. refugee agency and European Union officials said Thursday. ...

Egypt leader criticizes Europe’s handling of migrant crisis

Jan. 11, 2022 14:03 PM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt’s leader on Tuesday criticized Europe’s handling of the migration crisis and its refusal to receive refugees arriving at its borders, saying his own country has taken in millions of people who left their home countries. President Abdel Fattah...

Kazakhstan adds uncertainty to talks with Russia on Ukraine

Jan. 08, 2022 14:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia’s decision to send paratroopers into Kazakhstan, where a crackdown on violent anti-government protests has left dozens dead, injects additional uncertainty into upcoming talks over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. The question is whether the...

Medical relief teams leave Poland without reaching migrants

Jan. 06, 2022 12:34 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — International humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday that its teams assigned to Poland's border with Belarus have left the country after repeatedly being denied access to the migrants and refugees they went to help. Doctors Without Borders,...

Russia, Belarus to hold joint war games early next year

Dec. 29, 2021 14:03 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia and Belarus will hold joint war games early next year. Putin welcomed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's proposal to hold another round of military drills, saying that they could be held in February...

AP PHOTOS: Migrants stranded, cold at Belarus-Poland border

Dec. 28, 2021 03:01 AM EST

BRUZGI, Belarus (AP) — On a sunny but freezing morning in a forested area of Belarus at the border with Poland, hundreds of migrants line up to receive hot food and water. They have been stuck here for over a month in the hopes of entering the European Union. Despite several failed...

Changes to Belarusian Constitution may extend leader's rule

Dec. 27, 2021 12:12 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' authorities on Monday released a draft document proposing amendments to the country's constitution that may allow authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to further cement his grip on power after months of mass protests and remain in office until 2035. ...