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Russians press assault on eastern Ukrainian city

Jul. 02, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded the city of Lysychansk and its surroundings in an all-out attempt to seize the last stronghold of resistance in eastern Ukraine's Luhansk province, the governor said Saturday. A presidential adviser said its fate would be decided within the next two...

Poland completes Belarus border wall to keep migrants out

Jun. 30, 2022 05:43 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A year after migrants started crossing into the European Union from Belarus to Poland, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and top security officials visited the border area on Thursday to mark the completion of a new steel wall. On Friday, Polish...

Live updates | UN secretary-general renews calls for peace

Jun. 03, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday renewed his call for an immediate halt to violence on the 100th day of the war in Ukraine. The U.N. chief also called for urgent protection for civilians, unfettered access to provide them with humanitarian aid and...

Live updates | Mayor: Some 1,500 killed in Sievierodonetsk

May. 26, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk is the center of fierce fighting in the east. Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk says it’s holding out even though a Russian reconnaissance and sabotage group went into a city hotel. Stryuk said at least 1,500 people have been killed in...

'A long journey': Volunteers from Belarus fight for Ukraine

May. 22, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — One is a restaurateur who fled Belarus when he learned he was about to be arrested for criticizing President Alexander Lukashenko. Another was given the choice of either denouncing fellow opposition activists or being jailed. And one is certain his brother was killed by the...

Belarus expands death penalty law, ups threat to opposition

May. 18, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus on Wednesday expanded the death penalty law to include “attempted terrorism,” in a move that could radically ramp up the government's pressure on the country's beleaguered opposition. Authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko signed a law...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 16, 2022 22:49 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine — The western Ukrainian city of Lviv has been rocked by number of very loud explosions. An Associated Press team in the city witnessed the glare of bright explosions which lit up the night sky to the west of the city shortly after midnight local time. Witnesses...

The AP Interview: Belarus admits Russia's war 'drags on'

May. 05, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko defended Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, but he said he didn’t expect the 10-week-old conflict to “drag on this way.” He also spoke out against ...

Stanislav Shushkevich, post-Soviet leader of Belarus, dies

May. 04, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Stanislav Shushkevich, who steered Belarus to independence, served as its first leader and is reported to have taught Russian to John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the 1960s, has died. He was 87. Shushkevich died early Wednesday, according to his...

Belarus launches new crackdown on activists, journalists

Apr. 20, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — The authorities in Belarus have conducted a new wave of searches and arrests of union activists and independent journalists, a leading human rights group said Wednesday. At least 16 people have been arrested in Minsk, Grodno, Borisov and other Belarusian...