Western nations pledge more support and weapons for Ukraine

Western nations on Monday pledged unwavering support for Ukraine in the war with Russia, including more sanctions on Moscow and much-needed air defence systems, as Russian forces closed in on the last big city still held by Ukrainian troops in eastern Luhansk province. Leaders of the Group of Seven major democracies, meeting at a summit… Read More Western nations pledge more support and weapons for Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin oversees nuclear drills amid Ukraine crisis tensions

Russia’s strategic nuclear forces held exercises overseen by President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, and Washington accused Russian troops massed near Ukraine’s border of advancing and being “poised to strike”. With Western fears of war rising, the White House said U.S President Joe Biden’s national security team told him they still believed Russia could launch an… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin oversees nuclear drills amid Ukraine crisis tensions

U.S., EU, Britain and Canada impose new sanctions on Belarus

The United States and its allies, including the European Union, on Thursday imposed sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities in Belarus in a coordinated move to escalate punitive action against President Alexander Lukashenko and his government. The latest round of sanctions aim to significantly increase pressure on Lukashenko, who is accused of rigging the… Read More U.S., EU, Britain and Canada impose new sanctions on Belarus

Russian President Vladimir Putin urges Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko to begin dialogue with opposition

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to start a dialogue with his opponents, who swiftly poured cold water on the idea unless Lukashenko freed political prisoners first. Putin helped Lukashenko ride out mass street protests after a disputed election last year and has also backed Belarus in a standoff… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin urges Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko to begin dialogue with opposition

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko calls for constitutional changes to prevent opposition from taking power

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called on Tuesday for changes to the constitution that would prevent an opposition movement that rose up against him in mass street protests last year from taking power, the state news agency Belta reported. President since 1994, Lukashenko has touted constitutional reform as a way out of the political crisis following… Read More Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko calls for constitutional changes to prevent opposition from taking power

Russia, Belarus agree to establish unified energy market and strengthen economic integration

The leaders of Russia and Belarus on Thursday agreed to set up a unified oil and gas market and to deepen economic integration in the face of what they regard as unjustified Western sanctions on both their economies. The agreement, reached after Kremlin talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, is… Read More Russia, Belarus agree to establish unified energy market and strengthen economic integration

Belarusian court sentences opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova to eleven years imprisonment

Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass street protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday, the state-run Belta news agency and the Belarusian opposition reported. Kolesnikova, 39, was detained after ripping up her passport to prevent Belarusian security forces from deporting her in a… Read More Belarusian court sentences opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova to eleven years imprisonment

Belarusian police detain chief editor of independent news agency following raid

The chief editor of one of Belarus’ leading independent news organisations was detained after police searched her home overnight, Belarusian officials said on Wednesday. Earlier on Wednesday, the country’s journalists’ association had said police raided the homes of workers at the online news agency BelaPAN and that it had been unable to contact editor Irina… Read More Belarusian police detain chief editor of independent news agency following raid