The Race to Free Ukraine’s Stranded Grain

An operation to bring grain out from Ukraine through Lithuania, with considerable political hurdles, is just one option being considered amid warnings of mass starvation around the world.

#baltic-sea, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #food, #grain, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #lviv-ukraine, #odessa-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Further Russian Retreat Seen in East Ukraine, Another Setback for Putin

Russia appeared to shrink its already narrowed goals to take the Donbas region, as NATO and its two newest applicants, Sweden and Finland, practiced war games near Russia’s border.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #donetsk-ukraine, #estonia, #kallas-kaja-1977, #kharkiv-ukraine, #luhansk-ukraine, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #mariupol-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

The Boston Marathon’s Brainless Bigotry

The race’s organizers pull an Otter.

#animal-house-movie, #belarus, #boston-athletic-assn, #boston-marathon, #cancel-culture, #discrimination, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #race-and-ethnicity, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Battle for the Mural — and the Future of Belarus

It started as an act of graffiti at a playground in Minsk. It turned into a remarkable campaign of defiance against an increasingly totalitarian regime.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #graffiti, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Belarusian Exiles in Ukraine Join the Fight Against Russia’s Invasion

Eager, but ill equipped, some of Belarus’s exiles have formed a battalion in their host country, saying its fight against Vladimir Putin’s domination is the same as their homeland’s.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #volunteers-and-community-service, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Volunteer Hackers Converge on Ukraine Conflict With No One in Charge

The hackers have claimed a number of disruptions over the past week, blurring the lines between amateurs and groups linked to governments.

#anonymous-internet-group, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #hold-security-llc, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Once He Kept Russia at a Distance. Now He Is a Docile Putin Satrap.

President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus once skillfully managed Moscow, but now he is doing the Kremlin’s bidding in Russia’s confrontation with Ukraine.

#defense-and-military-forces, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ukraine Fighting May Open Door to Russian Invasion, U.S. Warns

As shelling intensified in the east, officials warned that Moscow might use false claims of “genocide” against Russians in the region as a pretext for an attack.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #belarus, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Obscure but Crucial Commodity Fuels Geopolitical Tussle in Eastern Europe

Lithuanian efforts to stop potash, a key fertilizer ingredient, from Belarus from crossing its territory to punish the country’s authoritarian leader may play into Russia’s hands.

#baltic-region, #belarus, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-union, #international-relations, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #potash, #putin-vladimir-v

As Russian Troops Mass in Belarus, a Ukraine Border Is Largely Undefended

From the border, it’s a fast 140 miles down a newly paved highway to Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, but only a few troops stand guard.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

US Charges 4 Belarus Officials With Piracy in Forced Landing of Ryanair Jet

The forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk last May prompted international investigations over accusations that a bomb hoax was manufactured to arrest a journalist.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #manhattan-nyc, #minsk-belarus, #political-prisoners, #protasevich-roman, #ryanair-holdings-plc

U.S. Charges 4 Belarus Officials With Piracy in Forced Landing of Jet

The forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk last May prompted international investigations over accusations that a bomb hoax was manufactured to arrest a journalist.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #manhattan-nyc, #minsk-belarus, #political-prisoners, #protasevich-roman, #ryanair-holdings-plc

Russia Thins Out Its Embassy in Ukraine, a Possible Clue to Putin’s Next Move

The slow evacuation may be part propaganda, part preparation for a conflict or part feint, Ukrainian and U.S. officials say. It could be all three.

#belarus, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kyiv-ukraine, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

A Record Number of Journalists Jailed

Authoritarian leaders are waging a war against the free press.

#committee-to-protect-journalists, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #freedom-of-the-press, #khashoggi-jamal, #lai-jimmy, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #madison-james-1751-1836, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #politics-and-government, #protasevich-roman, #putin-vladimir-v, #xi-jinping

Belarus Opposition Leader Is Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

The activist Sergei Tikhanovsky planned to challenge the country’s authoritarian leader, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, in a presidential election last year. But he was arrested before the vote.

#belarus, #elections, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #political-prisoners, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #tikhanovsky-sergei

Defector Helps Build Case Against Belarus Over Ryanair Flight It Forced Down

A former air traffic controller has been telling Polish investigators what he knows about the diversion of the plane carrying a Belarus dissident in May.

#air-traffic-control, #airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #poland, #politics-and-government, #protasevich-roman, #sapega-sofia

Iraqis Return From Belarus, but Some Say They Will Try Again to Reach the E.U.

“If I find a better and safe route, I will definitely try again,” said one of the more than 600 Iraqi migrants who came home on the government’s latest evacuation flights.

#baghdad-iraq, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #erbil-iraq, #europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #kurds, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government

Lithuania Welcomes Belarusians as It Rebuffs Middle Easterners

People fleeing repression in Belarus are processed quickly and given visas. Middle Eastern migrants passing through Belarus to the E.U. face a harsher fate.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

How Fake News on Facebook Helped Fuel a Border Crisis in Europe

Social media worsened a migrant crisis on the border of Belarus and Poland and helped smugglers profit off desperate people trying to reach Europe.

#belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #kurdistan, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #news-and-news-media, #poland, #social-media, #telegram-llc

On Putin’s Strategic Chessboard, a Series of Destabilizing Moves

In the stretch of Europe from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, where Moscow and the West have competed for influence for decades, the threat of a new military conflict is growing.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

How Belarus Manufactured a Border Crisis

A political gamble by the nation’s desperate leader has become a diplomatic and humanitarian crisis.

#audio-neutral-informative, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #eastern-europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government

The Belarus-Poland Border Chaos Is Partly of Europe’s Own Making

The chaos at the Belarus-Poland border is partly of the European Union’s making.

#belarus, #border-barriers, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #poland

Belarus Clears Migrant Camp, Easing Border Standoff With Poland

Throngs of people, mainly from the Mideast, who had been living in freezing conditions on the border, have been moved to a giant warehouse. Their fate is uncertain.

#belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland

Risk for Leader of Belarus: Migrants He Lured May Want to Stay

President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus, whom the E.U. accuses of engineering a migrant crisis on the border with Poland, could face a serious headache if asylum seekers try to stay in his country.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #poland, #politics-and-government

How the Belarus Standoff Is Unlike Recent Migrant Crises

The images at the Belarus-Poland border look familiar, but this emergency has little in common with previous waves of people from Syria, Myanmar and Afghanistan.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #syria

A Green Light at the Window for Migrants

An unofficial network of local residents, activists and volunteer medics in Poland has been working to support those who have made it across from Belarus in freezing conditions.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-justice-poland, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

Germany Suspends Approval of Gas Pipeline, Sending Prices Soaring

The decision to delay certification of the Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline comes amid rising political tensions between the West and Russia.

#europe, #european-union, #germany, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #merkel-angela, #natural-gas, #nord-stream-ag, #pipelines, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v

Poland Uses Water Cannons and Tear Gas as Tensions Rise at Belarus Border

Western leaders have accused President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus of using migrants as weapons in an effort to pressure the European Union.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #latvia, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #russia, #territorial-disputes

Europe Adopts New Sanctions Against Belarus

A confrontation at the Polish-Belarusian border, a funeral for a dead Syrian boy trapped in between and a new round of E.U. sanctions mark the struggle with Aleksandr G. Lukashenko.

#belarus, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #politics-and-government

Migrants Say Belarusians Took Them to E.U. Border and Supplied Wire Cutters

Iraqi Kurds and other migrants said they were fleeing despair at home, but Belarus encouraged them, offering visas and helping them get to the border.

#belarus, #border-barriers, #defense-and-military-forces, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erbil-iraq, #europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #kurdistan, #kurds, #latvia, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #minsk-belarus, #poland, #smuggling

Migrant Crisis in Belarus Tests Putin’s Uneasy Alliance With Lukashenko

Last year Vladimir V. Putin helped save Aleksandr G. Lukashenko’s Belarusian regime. But Russia now has an ever-more-erratic ally and risks entanglement in a dangerous crisis.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

In Border Crisis, Europe’s Unsavory Migration Deals Come Home

Europe has long paid other nations to keep refugees away from its borders. Now, Belarus wants something, too, and has brought migrants right to Europe’s door to get it.

#belarus, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #morawiecki-mateusz, #poland, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

Migrants in Peril, and Raw Emotions, in a Volatile European Border Standoff

A confrontation over migrants between Belarus and Poland is growing more volatile, as nationalist fervor rises in both countries and a humanitarian disaster looms.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #politics-and-government

Who Is Aleksandr Lukashenko? Here’s What You Need to Know

A migrant crisis on the border with Poland has put the Belarusian president at the center of a clash roiling Europe.

#belarus, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #protasevich-roman, #territorial-disputes

Poland Gets Support From Europe on Tough Borders

Faced with the weaponization of migrants from Belarus, the European Union is defending Poland’s hard line even as it withholds funds over rule of law violations.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #european-council, #european-union, #frontex, #immigration-and-emigration, #latvia, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #maas-heiko-1966, #merkel-angela, #michel-charles-1975, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v

E.U. Blames Belarus for Migrant Crisis at Poland Border

Poland has massed troops at the border, the European Union’s eastern frontier, to keep migrants camped there from crossing into the country.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-commission, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #poland, #politics-and-government

The Poland-Belarus Border Is the Site of a New Migrant Crisis

The next migrant crisis has already begun.

#belarus, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #orban-viktor, #poland

Russia and Belarus Inch Closer to a Full-Blown Merger

In their sixth meeting in less than a year, the countries’ presidents agreed to deepen economic ties, leaving tougher political questions for later.

#belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Belarus Opposition Leader Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

The convictions of Maria Kolesnikova, a fierce opponent of President Aleksandr Lukashenko, and a colleague are part of a crackdown on dissent following a disputed election last year.

#belarus, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kolesnikova-maria, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #political-prisoners, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

No One in Europe Is Safe From My Country’s Dictator

All democratic countries have a stake in the future of Belarus.

#belarus, #elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g

‘Our Goal Is to Keep the Regime on Its Toes’: Inside Belarus’s Underground Opposition

Despite a government campaign of terror and arbitrary arrests, thousands of activists are working clandestinely to spread dissent and undermine the government.

#belarus, #deaths-fatalities, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g

Belarus Transfers Opposition Figure to House Arrest

The Belarusian authorities released Roman Protasevich and his Russian girlfriend, Sofia Sapega, from prison after the E.U. imposed stiff sanctions.

#belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #political-prisoners, #protasevich-roman, #ryanair-holdings-plc, #sapega-sofia

Belarus Faces Expanded E.U. Sanctions, Targeting Economy

In a new effort to punish the Lukashenko government for repression, European foreign ministers were expected to focus on industries crucial to the country, including potash and finance.

#belarus, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #potash, #protasevich-roman

Roman Protasevich, Jailed Belarusian Activist, Claims to Have Renounced His Views

Roman Protasevich, who recently compared the country’s autocratic leader to Hitler, is not the first dissident to renounce his views after spending time in a Belarus prison.

#belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #news-and-news-media, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #protasevich-roman, #sapega-sofia

‘It’s All Ruined’: Young Woman Caught Up in Belarus Clampdown

Sofia Sapega looked forward to finishing law school and was not particularly political, friends said. But in Belarus, having a relationship with a dissident can now mean jail.

#belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #protasevich-roman, #sapega-sofia

Anti-Government Activist in Belarus Stabs Himself in Courtroom

Before his apparent suicide attempt, Stepan Latypov said he had been tortured and his family threatened, amid President Alexander G. Lukashenko’s efforts to stifle dissent.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #political-prisoners, #stepan-latypov, #torture

U.S. to Reimpose Sanctions on Belarus Over Forced Plane Landing

The move is the latest Western response to the forced landing of a European commercial flight with a Belarusian dissident aboard.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #united-states-international-relations

Russia Rejects Some Flight Plans, as Belarus Grows More Isolated

The skies over Eastern Europe became a geopolitical checkerboard, and a Swiss email provider pushed back against Belarus’s claims of an emailed bomb threat.

#belarus, #hijacking, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #protasevich-roman, #putin-vladimir-v, #ryanair-holdings-plc

The Saga of Ryanair Flight 4978

Why did the leader of Belarus force a commercial airplane to land? Who was he after? And what might happen next?

#airlines-and-airplanes, #belarus, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #protasevich-roman

Every Belarusian Journalist I Know Is in Jail or Exile

What’s happening in Belarus could easily soon happen in Russia.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #media, #minsk-belarus, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #protasevich-roman, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia