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Imprisoned Belarusian activist undergoes surgery

Nov. 30, 2022 12:59 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A prominent member of the Belarusian opposition serving an 11-year prison sentence for helping stage anti-government protests had undergone an undisclosed surgical procedure, her father said Wednesday. Alexander Kolesnikov said his daughter, Maria...

Imprisoned Belarus activist taken to hospital emergency unit

Nov. 29, 2022 14:15 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A prominent member of the Belarusian opposition serving an 11-year prison sentence for helping organize anti-government protests was taken to a hospital emergency department and underwent surgery, her father said Tuesday. Alexander Kolesnikov said his...

Belarus' top diplomat buried as his death raises suspicions

Nov. 29, 2022 14:10 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarus on Tuesday held a state funeral for its foreign minister who died suddenly at age 64, triggering speculation about possible foul play in his death after he leaned toward Western countries. Belarusian authorities didn't give the cause of Vladimir...

Belarus' top diplomat, ally to president, dies at 64

Nov. 26, 2022 17:13 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, a longtime associate of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, has died at age 64. Belarusian authorities didn't name the cause of death. Makei wasn't known to suffer from any chronic illness. ...

Russia rejoins deal on wartime Ukrainian grain exports

Nov. 02, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia agreed Wednesday to rejoin a wartime agreement that allows Ukrainian grain and other commodities to be shipped to world markets. The U.N.’s refugee chief, meanwhile, put the number of Ukrainians driven from their homes since the Russian invasion eight months ago at...

Poland lays razor wire on border with Russia's Kaliningrad

Nov. 02, 2022 12:52 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish soldiers began laying razor wire Wednesday along Poland's border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad after the government ordered the construction of a barrier to prevent what it fears could become another migration crisis. Defense Minister Mariusz...

Belarus lists military unit members among 625 'extremists'

Oct. 28, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Authorities in Belarus on Friday added 625 people with alleged ties to “extremists” to a list that prohibits them from holding public office and other activities, further ramping up pressure on the beleaguered opposition. The eastern European country's...

Opposition leader says Belarus shouldn't fight for Russia

Oct. 25, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — An opposition leader in exile from Belarus said Tuesday that her country's soldiers should lay down their arms if they are deployed to Ukraine under pressure from Russia. Russia used Belarus as a staging ground for troops and weapons when it invaded Ukraine...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine-War

Oct. 17, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denounced a wave of Russian drone attacks and strongly urged the country’s allies to provide it with air defense weapons. “To guarantee the protection of our skies and reduce the possibilities for Russian terrorists to...

Belarus activist gets 25-year sentence for opposing regime

Oct. 17, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A leading Belarusian political activist was handed a 25-year prison sentence on Monday for opposing President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, the latest move in a relentless crackdown on dissent in the ex-Soviet nation. Mikalay Autukhovich was convicted and...