UK claps back at Putin over nuclear escalation following depleted uranium ammo pledge: 'not nuclear munitions'
The U.K. clapped back at Russian President Vladimir Putin after he appeared to ramp up the threat of nuclear escalation in Ukraine in response to ammunition London pledged to Kyiv.foxnews.com
Anti-Russia guerrillas in Belarus take on 'two-headed enemy'
After Russia invaded Ukraine, guerillas from Belarus began carrying out acts of sabotage on their country's railways, including blowing up track equipment to paralyze the rails that Russian forces used to get troops and weapons into Ukraine. In the most recent sabotage to make international headlines, they attacked a Russian warplane parked just outside the Belarusian capital. “Belarusians will not allow the Russians to freely use our territory for the war with Ukraine, and we want to force them to leave,” Anton, a retired Belarusian serviceman who joined a group of saboteurs, told The Associated Press in a phone interview.news.yahoo.com
Putin Warned of More Mystery Attacks After Russian Plane Explosion
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/ReutersBelarusian saboteurs successfully attacked a Russian A-50 military surveillance aircraft in an airfield near Minsk in recent hours, Belarusian opposition sources confirmed to The Daily Beast.“It’s a big victory. That airplane was very expensive, very rare, and perhaps the most important aircraft of the Russian fleet,” Franak Viacorka, the chief political adviser to Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, told The Daily Benews.yahoo.com
'Ukraine strikes out-of-reach Mariupol'
Ukraine has reportedly struck a Russian ammunition depot and other military equipment in the occupied city of Mariupol. The strikes, which happened at night, set off big explosions, according to the Ukrinform news agency, and suggest Ukraine is using new weapons with an extended reach. According to a local official, Russian targets were struck in the villages of Yalta and Yurivka where there is a “large concentration of occupiers”. Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to the Mariupol city mayor, posnews.yahoo.com
If Lukashenko sends army to Ukraine, nation will go against him Polish President
Polish President Andrzej Duda is convinced that if Alexander Lukashenko, the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, orders his armed forces to engage in the war against Ukraine, it would mean a "total end" for his regime.news.yahoo.com
Lukashenko names conditions for Belarus to join Russia's war
Alexander Lukashenko, the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, has stated that the Belarusian army will join the Russian Armed Forces only in the event of an attack on Belarus. Source: Belarusian state-owned media agency Belta, cited by European Pravda "For now, I am ready to join Russians in the war from the territory of Belarus only in one case: if soldiers come from there to kill my people.news.yahoo.com
Belarus coach who removed sprinter from Olympics charged
The Belarusian track coach who tried to force a sprinter to return home from the Tokyo Olympics after she was critical of the team has been charged with breaching the sport's integrity standards. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees disciplinary actions in track and field, announced the charges against Yury Maisevich on Thursday, alleging he broke rules in the sport's integrity code of conduct involving honesty, dignity and protecting reputation. The charges stem from the ouster of 200-meter sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who went on social media during the Olympics to question why she had been entered in the 4x400 relay without her knowledge, the AIU said.news.yahoo.com
Photo with Clinton used against jailed Belarus politician
Belarusian investigators are using a photo of an opposition politician shaking hands with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as evidence in a criminal case tied to the mass protests after Belarus’ disputed 2020 presidential election.
Lukashenko gives himself permission to remain in Belarusian parliament for life just like Putin
On Friday 30 December, Alexander Lukashenko, the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, signed amendments to the law "On the National Assembly [Parliament] of the Republic of Belarus" which will allow him to remain in politics even after the formal termination of his powers.news.yahoo.com
Why Belarus Is Backing Russia in Its War in Ukraine
After breaking away from a crumbling Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Belarus became increasingly aligned with Russia, unlike its neighbors. Those bonds strengthened with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Longtime President Alexander Lukashenko has allowed Belarus to be used as a staging ground, while avoiding sending his own troops to take part in the war. The tight embrace is payback after Russian President Vladimir Putin bankrolled his government for many years and came to Lukashenko’s aid followwashingtonpost.com
Belarus leader says situation ‘escalating’ ahead of rare Putin visit
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is striking a defiant tone ahead of a rare meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid growing concerns that Belarus could be pulled into Russia’s war in Ukraine. Lukashenko, emphasizing his country’s sovereignty at a Friday meeting in Minsk on Russia-Belarus cooperation, said the situation was “escalating” as he…news.yahoo.com
Ukraine live briefing: Russia still has missiles after Kyiv barrage, Zelensky warns; CIA says Moscow not serious about talks
Russia has enough missiles to mount several more strikes, the Ukrainian president said, hours after a wave of attacks damaged infrastructure across the country.washingtonpost.com
Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with Sergei Shoigu threatens war until the last "either Ukrainian or Pole"
Alexander Lukashenko, the self-proclaimed President of Belarus, said that Ukraine allegedly wants to continue the war that Russia started against it, and fears that the war may continue "to either the last Ukrainian, or the last Pole, or the last mercenary.news.yahoo.com
Belarus' top diplomat buried as his death raises suspicions
Belarus on Tuesday held a state funeral for its foreign minister who died suddenly at age 64, triggering speculation about possible foul play in his death after he leaned toward Western countries. Belarusian authorities didn't give the cause of Vladimir Makei's death on Saturday.news.yahoo.com
Opera singer flees Belarusian oppression to revive career
A Belarusian opera singer who almost lost it all for publicly opposing his nation's authoritarian leader is rebuilding his life in the U.S. Ilya Silchukou lives in suburban Boston with his wife and three children and teaches music to middle school students while he tries to revive his singing career.