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Major Russian air strikes destroy Kyiv power plant, damage other stations

Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters Russian missiles and drones destroyed a large electricity plant near Kyiv and hit power facilities in several regions of Ukraine on Thursday, officials said, ramping up pressure on the embattled energy system as Kyiv runs low on air defences. The major attack more than two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion completely destroyed […]

Russia says it is hard to believe Islamic State could have launched Moscow attack

Moscow, Russia Reuters Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that it was “extremely hard to believe” that Islamic State would have had the capacity to launch an attack on a Moscow concert hall last Friday that killed at least 143 people. Zakharova repeated Moscow’s assertions, for which it has not yet provided […]

Lukashenko to run for president in 2025, Belarus blasts US over poll criticism

Moscow, Russia Reuters Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko said he would run for president again in 2025, Belarusian state news agency BelTA reported on Sunday. Lukashenko made his comments after voting in parliamentary and local council elections, denounced by the United States as a sham. The ex-Soviet state’s top election official dismissed the criticism and told […]

Belarus’ authoritarian leader tightens control over the country’s religious groups

In this photo provided by the Belarusian Presidential Press Service, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko attends the New Year Eve's children's charity event held as part of the country's charity campaign Our Children, in the Palace of the Republic in Minsk, Belarus, on Thursday, 28th December, 2023.

Tallinn, Estonia AP Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed a law into effect that significantly tightens control over various religious denominations and organisations. The law, published on the presidential website this week, mandates that all denominations and religious groups reapply for state registration, which authorities reserve the right to refuse. In this photo provided by […]

Thousands of Ukrainian children taken to Belarus – Yale research

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends the Commonwealth of Independent States leaders' summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 13th October, 2023.

Amsterdam, The NetherlandsReuters More than 2,400 children from Ukraine aged between six and 17 years old have been taken to 13 facilities across Belarus since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in early 2022, research published by Yale University said on Thursday. Ukraine’s prosecutor general said in May that he was investigating the alleged role of […]

Organise or fight? Three years in exile, Belarus opposition divided about path

Faces of Belarusian political prisoners are painted on a graffiti in Warsaw, Poland, on 25th July, 2023.

Warsaw, PolandReuters Pavel Maryeuski, 33, was an activist committed to peaceful politics who had never held a weapon, when he fled his native Belarus after President Alexander Lukashenko’s crackdown on protests following an election three years ago. Last year, when Russia invaded Ukraine, he felt the call to battle, and joined a Belarus volunteer unit fighting in support of […]

New hazards of war enclose Belarusian town with turbulent past

A journalist walks in a tent camp, which, according to the Belarusian Defence Ministry, was set up for exercises at a disused military base near the village of Tsel in the Asipovichy District, Belarus, on 7th July, 2023.

Osipovichi, Belarus Reuters A Belarusian town with a turbulent past may hold some haunting new secrets: an empty camp that mutinous Russian mercenaries have yet to use and perhaps even a storage facility for tactical nuclear weapons Russia says it has deployed in Belarus. In a former military camp surrounded by fir and birch forest […]

Belarus leader says nuclear arms will not be used

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko arrives for a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Moscow, Russia, on 25th May, 2023.

Reuters Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the Kremlin’s staunchest ally in its war in Ukraine, said on Friday he was certain Russian tactical nuclear weapons deployed in his country would never be used. Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin have acknowledged that some tactical weapons have arrived in Belarus and the remainder would be put in […]

Renegade Russian mercenary Prigozhin is in Belarus – Lukashenko

Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin leaves the headquarters of the Southern Military District amid the group's pullout from the city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on 24th June, 2023

Moscow, RussiaReuters Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin flew to Belarus from Russia on Tuesday after a mutiny that dealt the biggest blow to President Vladimir Putin’s authority since he came to power more than 23 years ago. Putin initially vowed to crush the mutiny, comparing it to the wartime turmoil that ushered in the revolution […]