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# Belarus

This month
March 2023
# Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya
Belarus' exiled opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya to be awarded for Tipperary Peace Award
Tikhanovskaya was sentenced for spearheading historic protests against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.
# Belarus
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.
# Xi Jinping
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.
Last month
February 2023
# Minsk
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.
# Olympics
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.
This year
# Belarus
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.
# trial in absentia
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
Belarus Nobel Prize winner Ales Bialiatski goes on trial
Rights group Amnesty International called the trial a ‘blatant act of injustice’.
Last year
# Ukraine
Ukrainian missile allegedly lands in Belarus
The missile either deviated from its trajectory or was shot down by Belarusian air defences, authorities said.
# Belarus
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.
# Sanctioned
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.
# short stay visa
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.
# ostracised
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.
# Minsk
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.
# battle for Lysychansk
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'
# Belarus
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.
# Door Is Open
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.
# 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.
# 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.
# beijing 2022
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.
# Moscow
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
# Ryanair
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.
# Belarus
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
# Belarus
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.
# Armenia
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.
# Belarus
Belarus opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Sergei Tikhanovsky’s wife and self-exiled current opposition leader, denounced the verdict on Twitter.
# Belarus
Belarus mother of five jailed over ‘unsanctioned mass gatherings’
Volha Zalatar was arrested on the street when she was taking her 10-year-old daughter to music school.
# simultaneous sanctions
US, EU, Britain and Canada hit Belarus with coordinated sanctions
Britain said it had imposed sanctions ‘on eight Belarusian individuals responsible for repression and human rights violations’.
# lukashenko
President of Belarus offers to host Russian nuclear weapons
Alexander Lukashenko has also said for the first time that he recognises the contested Crimean Peninsula as part of Russia.
Opinion: The suffering of migrants at the border with Belarus is a result of EU migration policy
Jim Clarken of Oxfam Ireland says the EU must better protect migrants suffering at its borders.
# Migration
More than 100 migrants flown out of Belarus as standoff appears to de-escalate
118 migrants were flown out of Belarus yesterday, with another group due to leave today.
# Border
Belarus leader criticises EU for refusing to negotiate on migrant standoff
The EU has accused Lukashenko’s government of orchestrating the migration surge as a “hybrid attack”.
# Belarus
Poland says border crisis 'greatest' bid to destabilise Europe since Cold War
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is visiting the Baltic states to discuss the conflict.
# Migrants
Belarus-Poland border camp cleared as Iraqis fly home from migrant stand-off
Around 2,000 people, mainly Iraqi Kurds, had been stuck in freezing temperatures at the camp.
# Belarus
Hundreds of migrants arrive back in Iraq on flight from Belarus
Belarussian officials believe there’s still 7,000 migrants in the country.
# Poland-Belarus border
Polish forces use water cannons on migrants at Belarus border
Polish police said they responded after one officer was seriously injured when the migrants threw objects
# Belarus
Belarus: EU and US vow new sanctions, Lukashenko talks to Angela Merkel
Belarus President Lukashenko today discussed the crisis with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
# Alexander Lukashenko
Minsk says it will repatriate migrants at Polish border, as EU broadens its Belarus sanctions
Iraq has recorded 571 of its citizens on the border who have said they are ready to return “voluntarily”.
# Migration
Dozens of migrants detained as EU readies Belarus sanctions
Aid agencies say at least 10 migrants have died so far and have warned of a humanitarian crisis unfolding.
# Belarus
Belarus airline bans Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis from incoming Turkey flights
The EU believes it is “seeing progress” on the migrant crisis along the border between Belarus and Poland.