Contents tagged with Belarus

  • Zelensky instructs Ukrainian Security Service and Interior Ministry to provide protection to immigrants from Belarus

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky instructed the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to provide protection to immigrants from Belarus who need it.

    "Every Belarusian who can become a target for criminals due to his or her public political position should receive special and reliable protection. The SBU and the Ministry of Internal Affairs should work out a clear algorithm for assessing possible risks, as well as a system of responses to these risks in …

  • Lithuania sends 180 illegal migrants back to Belarus

    Since midnight, about 180 illegal migrants who intended to cross the Lithuanian state border from Belarus have not been allowed into Lithuania, reports Delfi.

    According to the head of the State Border Protection Service of Lithuania, Rustamas Liubajevas, the border guards received the authority to send back illegal migrants trying to cross into Lithuania following the order by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Agne Bilotaite.

    According to Liubajevas, migrants were being turned back along the …

  • Lukashenko's main opponent found hanged in Kyiv

    The director of the public organization "Belarusian House in Ukraine", a citizen of Belarus Vitaly Shishov, who earlier disappeared in Kyiv, was found hanged in one of the parks near his home.

    According to Kyiv’s Police, the investigators removed Vitaly's mobile phone and personal belongings from the scene.

    "The police have begun criminal proceedings under Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (premeditated murder) and will check all scenarios, including murder disguised as suicide. The …

  • Lukashenko: Russian armed forces will be deployed in Belarus if necessary

    The self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that if necessary, Russian bases can be created on the territory of Belarus, reports BelTA news agency.

    "They accuse us that Lukashenka wants to place Russian bases on the territory of Belarus. Listen, we're not stressing about the fact that they have created a bunch of these bases in Europe. It’s their sea. Why are you making claims against us?", Lukashenka said.

    At the same time, he noted that establishing Russian bases in …

  • Ukraine to provide Lithuania with barbed wire for construction of fence on border with Belarus

    Ukraine will provide Lithuania with barbed wire for the construction of the fence on the border with Belarus, according to the decision made at a government meeting.

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine has decided to provide Lithuania with “humanitarian aid” in the form of barbed wire due to the critical situation on the border with Belarus.

    According to Kuleba, Lithuania itself asked Ukraine for barbed wire.

    The number of illegal migrants who enter Lithuania from …

  • Lukashenko orders reduction of Belarusian diplomats in EU countries

    Self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko instructed the government to review the work of Belarusian embassies and the number of diplomats in Europe. In his opinion, one ambassador with an assistant in a two-room apartment will be sufficient, given the state of relations between Belarus and the EU.

    "We need to take a very serious look at our diplomatic missions in Europe. Listen, well, why should we keep a bunch of diplomats there, if we do not trade with them at all. And …

  • Putin promises new loans to Lukashenko

    The Kremlin promised new financial support to Minsk, after the talks between the self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place on Tuesday, July 13, in St. Petersburg.

    Putin and Lukashenko meeting, the fourth in 2021, lasted more than five hours. Neither the Belarusian nor the Russian media reported on the amount of the loans. "We agreed on financial assistance in connection with the tax maneuver in Russia," said Dmitry Peskov, …

  • Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaya says she had unofficial meetings with Zelensky

    The Belarusian opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, said in an interview with the Ukrainian news outlet Segodnya that she had informally met with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    Tikhanovskaya noted that she is "in touch" with the Ukrainian government. She said that she talked online with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba once.

    In addition, Tikhanovskaya says that a few days ago she met with Zelensky face to face at one of the events  Lithuania.

    The leader of the …

  • Lithuania builds barbed wire fence on the border with Belarus

    On Friday, July 9, The Lithuanian army began to install a barbed wire fence on the southern border with Belarus near the city of Druskininkai, reported the Lithuanian news agency BNS.

    The total length of the border section  where barbed wire fence will appear is about 30 kilometers. The fence is being built in this location because since the beginning of the year the largest number of illegal migrants, more than half a thousand, have been detained here. In total, during 2021, at least one and …

  • Baltic countries to stop energy imports from Russia and Belarus

    The Baltic countries are beginning to exit the electricity network with Russia and Belarus, which they have been using since the Soviet times.

    According to Interfax, on Tuesday, Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator Litgrid AB announced a three-fold reduction in the electricity intake from Belarus.

    From September 15, the maximum transmission capacity from Belarus to Lithuania will be reduced from the current 1,250 megawatts to 400 megawatts.

    Lithuania has restricted electricity …