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# Belarus

Last month
August 2023
Poland and Baltic states warn Belarus they will close border if provoked
The interior ministers of the countries issued a statement warning against any kind of military incident or push of migrants.
‘A murderer who won’t be missed’: Was the death of the Wagner leader inevitable?
US president Joe Biden had warned Yevgeny Prigozhin to be ‘careful’ of poisoning after his Wagner group staged a mutiny in Russia.
Poland says two Belarusian helicopters violated its airspace today
‘There was a violation of Polish airspace by two Belarusian helicopters that were training near the border,’ the Polish defence ministry said.
This year
2023
Wagner group training troops in Belarus following failed mutiny in Russia
The news came as the clock ran down on a UN and Turkey-mediated deal with Russia to allow Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea.
Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin is still in Russia, says Belarus president
‘As far as Prigozhin is concerned, he is in Saint Petersburg… He is not in Belarus,’ Alexander Lukashenko told reporters.
Wagner chief goes into exile in Belarus as Russian army begins to disarm group
The Belarusian president said that he had urged Putin not to kill rogue mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin.
Belarusian star refuses French Open press conference 'to feel safe'
Aryna Sabalenka did not comment on reports she supports Alexander Lukashenko.
Russia strikes Ukraine medical facility, killing at least two people
A video distributed by officials showed a blaze ripping through a two-storey building in Dnipro.
Varadkar lends support to Ukraine 'damages register' and pledges new funding to Council of Europe
Russia was excluded as a member last year and the ongoing war in Ukraine will dominate the Summit.
Belarus's president skips state ceremony as health concerns grow
The 68-year-old leader and ally of Putin has not been seen in public for the past five days.
Belarusian activist plucked off Ryanair flight in 2021 is jailed for 8 years
Protasevich has been accused of helping coordinate mass protests against Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko’s regime in 2020.
Zelenskyy says Ukraine 'will never forgive' on Bucha anniversary as Belarus warns of nuclear war
In the days following the Russian withdrawal from Bucha on this day last year, the horrors inflicted on the town began to come to light.
Russian missiles pound city of Sloviansk as British tanks arrive in Ukraine
The tanks are expected to be involved in any spring counter-offensive launched by Ukraine.
NATO says Russia plans for tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus is ‘dangerous and irresponsible’
Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday announced the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons to ally Belarus.
Putin says Russia will station tactical nuclear weapons in neighbouring Belarus
Putin said the move is not ‘unusual’ and that ‘the United States has been doing this for decades’.
Belarus' exiled opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya to be awarded for Tipperary Peace Award
Tikhanovskaya was sentenced for spearheading historic protests against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.
Exiled opposition leader Tikhanovskaya sentenced to 15 years in prison by Lukashenko regime
Tikhanovskaya was sentenced for spearheading historic protests against the former Soviet country’s authoritarian leader.
Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko 'fully supports' China's 'Peace Plan' for Ukraine
China recently published a position paper on Moscow’s war in Ukraine insisting it is a neutral party and calling for dialogue.
Belarus's exiled opposition celebrate after partisans destroy Russian surveillance plane
Kyiv has said Russia has used Belarusian air strips as a base from which to launch strikes on Ukraine.
Sports Minister says Olympics ban for athletes from Russia and Belarus should continue
Byrne added that he wished circumstances were different, because athletes from every country should be able to compete.
Belarus begins trial in absentia of protest leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya
Tikhanovskaya, who claimed victory in the 2020 presidential election, faces a litany of charges including high treason.
Belarus opposition leader denounces her treason trial as 'farce'
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya lives in exile in Lithuania and claims her court-appointed lawyer won’t respond to her.
Belarus Nobel Prize winner Ales Bialiatski goes on trial
Rights group Amnesty International called the trial a ‘blatant act of injustice’.
Last year
2022
Ukrainian missile allegedly lands in Belarus
The missile either deviated from its trajectory or was shot down by Belarusian air defences, authorities said.
Putin lands in Belarus for talks with Lukashenko following heavy drone attack on Kyiv
The attack follows one of Russia’s biggest assaults on the city since the start of the war.
Lawn Tennis Association fined for its ban on Russian and Belarusian players
It is also understood that the LTA has been threatened with expulsion from the Tour if it repeats the suspension.
Russia and Belarus removed from Short Stay Visa Waiver Scheme
The scheme allows nationals of some countries to travel to Ireland from the UK without the need to obtain an Irish visa.
Belarus star Azarenka axed from US Open Ukraine benefit
The former world number one was to have joined the likes of Rafael Nadal, Coco Gauff, John McEnroe, Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek at the event.
Diverted Ryanair flight investigation concludes that Belarus' actions were 'unlawful'
A Ryanair flight from Greece to Lithuania was forced to land in Belarus last year.
Ukrainian army announces retreat from Lysychansk
Ukrainian presidnet Volodymyr Zelenskyy previously denied Russian claims that the city had been captured.
Ukraine leader accuses Russia of 'terror' in missile strike that killed 21
Russia withdraws from Snake Island as Biden says Nato will stick with Ukraine for 'as long as it takes'
Russia pushes to block second city in eastern Ukraine
The Luhansk region’s governor said that Russian forces are attempting to blockade Lysychansk from the south.
Players from Russia and Belarus allowed to play at US Open under neutral flag
The move comes after the Grand Slams condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Irish food giant Kerry Group to suspend operations in Russia and Belarus
The company, which employs 250 people in Russia and Belarus, said it is “horrified” by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
EU adds 160 Russian oligarchs to sanctions list, cuts three Belarus banks from SWIFT system
The names are set to be unveiled shortly, when the sanctions are formally published in the EU’s official journal.
Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutrals at Winter Paralympics
Athletes from those countries will compete under the Paralympic flag in Beijing and not be included in the medal table, the IPC said.
Russia is 'on brink' of invading Ukraine, US warns despite ongoing talks
Emmanuel Macron talked with Vladimir Putin today, before calling Volodymyr Zelensky.
Emmanuel Macron talked with Vladimir Putin today, before calling Volodymyr Zelensky
Minister Simon Coveney said that the prospect of war in Ukraine is now the expectation
Joint Russian and Belarusian military drills are continuing today amid increased tension with Ukraine
Russian troops on the border with Ukraine are 'poised to strike', says US defence secretary
False bomb threat on Ryanair plane diverted to Belarus 'deliberate', UN report finds
Belarusian authorities arrested journalist Roman Protasevitch after the flight was forced to land in Minsk on 23 May 2021.
Poland starts building metal wall to stop migrants crossing border from Belarus
Critics and environmentalists say the wall will fail to stop migrants, but will harm one of Europe’s last pristine woodlands.
All time
Proposed changes to Belarusian constitution would enable president to stay in office until 2035
The proposed amendments are published on the president’s official website.
EU leaders look to deepen relations with former Soviet republics
The EU summit with its Eastern partnership came on the same day as Russia issued Washington a series of security demands.