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Thursday 7 December 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Minsk

This year
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.
Last year
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.
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.
All time
Belarus authorities raid homes and offices of journalists and human rights activists
Authorities raided the homes of dozens of NGO workers and journalists across the country.
UN expert criticises 'purge' of dissenting opinions in Belarus
The situation in Belarus has “deteriorated significantly” over the last year.
Diversion of Ryanair flight to Belarus breached ‘all international aviation rules’, O'Leary says
The plane changed course to head for the Belarus capital Minsk escorted by a MiG fighter jet.
Belarus TV broadcasts interview with jailed activist removed from Ryanair plane
Rights campaigners say the interview with Roman Protasevich was conducted under arrest.
Belarus isolation deepens as air links cut and credit offers cancelled
Belarusian TV yesterday broadcast a video of Roman Protasevich “confessing” to charges of organising mass unrest.
Von Der Leyen promises sanctions for Belarus over diverted flight as detained activist appears in video
Journalist Roman Protasevich was detained yesterday after the flight was diverted to Minsk.
Journalist Roman Protasevich was detained on Sunday after the flight was diverted to Minsk
Micheál Martin said the incident was "a state-sponsored coercive act" and "absolutely unacceptable"
It is suspected that KGB agents were present on the Ryanair flight
Roman Protasevich: The award winning journalist who was branded 'terrorist' by Belarusian authorities
Michael O'Leary says diversion of Ryanair plane was 'state-sponsored hijacking'
Roman Protasevich: The award winning journalist who was branded 'terrorist' by Belarusian authorities
The 26-year-old was arrested along with his girlfriend after the plane was forced to divert to Minsk while over Belarusian airspace.
Michael O'Leary says diversion of Ryanair plane was 'state-sponsored hijacking'
O’Leary also said it appears there were some KGB agents on board the flight.
Belarus barred from taking part in this year's Eurovision
The EBU rejected both songs the country put forward.
Human rights group says over 500 arrested following Belarus protests
In the capital Minsk, police wielded clubs and used tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of demonstrators.
Thousands rally in Belarus after opposition protester's death
A former soldier died in Belarus after he was arrested in the capital earlier this week.
Strikes in Belarus as protests against president continue
There have been protests in Belarus since early August.
Protesters demand resignation of Belarus leader amid threat of strikes
More than 200,000 people swarmed the streets of the country’s capital, Minsk.
Tens of thousands march in Belarus despite police threat to open fire
More than 100 people have been detained by Belarusian police as thousands protest.
Tens of thousands rally in Belarus amid mass arrests
“I came out for freedom,” one protester said today in Minsk.
Belarus opposition figure who went missing is detained at Ukraine border
Maria Kolesnikova was detained while trying to cross overnight into Ukraine.
Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova 'kidnapped'
Hundreds of people were detained by police after weekend protests.
Belarus detains more people as protests demanding leader’s resignation continue
The renewed crackdown on protesters comes as authorities crank up pressure on the opposition, jailing several activists.
Tens of thousands take to the streets in Belarus demanding the resignation of the president
Officials warned Belarusians not to participate in “illegal demonstrations”.
Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko rejects election rerun on seventh day of protests
Lukashenko said earlier that he has support from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Thousands continue protests in Belarus as president discusses unrest with Vladimir Putin
Crowds gathered in Minsk to honour a protester who died during this week’s crackdown.
Thousands join new protests in Belarus capital as president eases crackdown
Today’s crowds in Minsk grew to more than 20,000, filling central Independence Square.
700 more people detained in Belarus as Lukashenko calls protesters 'sheep'
More than 6,700 people have been detained following protests over a disputed election.
Belarus president brands opposition 'sheep' as protests against election result continue
Dozens were injured and thousands detained hours after Sunday’s disputed vote.
Belarus braces for protests as incumbent Lukashenko appears to win presidential election
Alexander Lukashenko has ruled the ex-Soviet country since 1994, making him Europe’s longest serving leader.
Coordinator for Irish rights group among 57 arrested ahead of protests in Belarus
The head of the main opposition party was also arrested by police ahead of the protests in Minsk.
European Olympic Council expresses its "strong support" and "warmest wishes" for Pat Hickey
The expressions of support came at a meeting of European Olympic committees in Minsk, Belarus.
Gardaí launch murder investigation into death of Tralee assault victim
24-year-old Dmitry Hrynkevich passed away from his injuries last night.
'Buffer zone' to separate troops and miliants created during Ukraine peace talks
The buffer zone is to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants.
Russia warns it will "react" against new sanctions from Europe
There will be a “reaction” if the EU passes the sanctions, the foreign ministry said.
Ukraine expresses "careful optimism" ahead of peace talks with Russia and rebels
Nato are expected to announce fresh sanctions on Russia later today.
Bad day for the Irish at European Championships
There was heartbreak for Joe Ward while Michael Conlan’s win was the only positive in Minsk this afternoon.
Double joy: Martyn Irvine secures gold and silver at Track World Championships
He had previously set a new Irish record by qualifying for the final in 4:20.246.
Belarus executes men convicted of subway bombing
The EU’s foreign policy chief has voiced concerns over the trial of the men convicted for the April 2011 bomb which killed 15 people in Minsk.
Lukashenko: Two subway bomb suspects have confessed
President Alexander Lukashenko has announced that two people have confessed to Monday’s bombing of a metro in Minsk, which killed 12 people and wounded more than 200.
Several arrests as Minsk metro bombing toll rises to 12
Over 200 people were injured in yesterday’s bomb attack on a central underground rail station in the capital of Belarus.
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