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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...

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. ...

Belarus labels local service of US broadcaster extremist

Dec. 23, 2021 13:40 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities labeled the local service of the U.S.-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty extremist, launched a criminal probe against one of its journalists and arrested another one Thursday. It was the latest move in a months-long,...

Belarus claims diplomat hurt in 'attack' on London embassy

Dec. 20, 2021 10:44 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The government of Belarus said Monday that it summoned a British diplomat in protest after its embassy in London was “attacked” and a diplomat injured. The Belarus Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a group of people smeared the facade of the embassy...

Russia sends nuclear-capable bombers on patrol over Belarus

Dec. 18, 2021 12:30 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia sent a pair of nuclear-capable long-range bombers to patrol the skies over Belarus on Saturday, a mission intended to underline close defense ties between the two allies amid tensions with the West. The Russian Defense Ministry said the two Tu-22M3 strategic...

Belarus hands opposition leader’s husband 18 years in prison

Dec. 14, 2021 15:56 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A court in Belarus on Tuesday sentenced the husband of the country's opposition leader to 18 years in prison, six months after the trial began behind closed doors. The charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski included organizing mass unrest and inciting hatred and have been...

Probe by Poland refutes Belarus account of diverted flight

Dec. 10, 2021 12:55 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The diversion to Minsk of a Lithuania-bound flight carrying a self-exiled Belarusian journalist was an act of “state terrorism” carried out to detain an opponent of Belarus' government, Polish security officials said Friday. Poland’s Internal Security...

Germany vows solidarity with Poland in Belarus border fight

Dec. 10, 2021 12:00 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Germany's new foreign minister voiced solidarity Friday with Poland while also calling for humanitarian treatment of migrants and refugees stuck near the country's border with Belarus as temperatures plummet. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also...

Czechs to deploy troops in Poland to guard Belarus border

Dec. 08, 2021 11:29 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government approved a plan Wednesday to deploy 150 service members in Poland to help guard the border with Belarus. Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar said they will have a mandate to stay in Poland for 180 days. Both houses of Czech Parliament...

Belarus bans Western imports, airlines from EU and UK

Dec. 06, 2021 10:58 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus on Monday announced retaliatory restrictions on airlines from the European Union and the U.K., as well as a ban on imports of Western goods from countries that have introduced sanctions against the former Soviet nation. The import ban comes in response...