Tuesday 7 February 2023
February 06, 2023
Belarusian Handed Five Years For Comment On Deadly Police Shooting
A Belarusian businessman has been sentenced to five years in prison for "insulting" disputed ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka while commenting on a deadly police shoot-out at a Minsk apartment that left a KGB officer and an IT worker dead in September 2021.
February 06, 2023
Wider Europe Briefing: A Consensus On New Russian Oil Caps; And Why Ukraine's EU Plans Are Too Ambitious
I'm RFE/RL Europe Editor Rikard Jozwiak, and this week I'm drilling down on two major issues: the debates over Belarus sanctions and Russian oil caps, and what they really have in common; and why Ukraine is being overly ambitious in its attempts to join the European Union in two years.
February 03, 2023
Taking No Chances: Along The Ukraine-Belarus Border, A War of Nerves And Drones
Ukrainian units are using drones to monitor a long expanse of marsh and woodland for a possible surprise offensive originating from Belarus. Kyiv fears a repeat of the unsuccessful Russian thrust that started the war nearly a year ago.
February 01, 2023
Latvia Says It Would Not Send Athletes To Olympics If Russia, Belarus Are Allowed To Compete
Latvia wouldn't send athletes to an Olympic Games that included Russian and Belarusian nationals while the invasion in Ukraine is ongoing, a spokesperson for the country's Olympic Committee said on February 1.
January 31, 2023
Court Rejects Belarusian Oppositionists Appeal Against Their Imprisonment
The Minsk City Court has rejected appeals filed by the leader of the Belarusian opposition United Civic Party (AHP) Mikalay Kazlou and his two associates against their imprisonment for participating in a march protesting the official results of a disputed August 2020 presidential election.
January 29, 2023
Amid Worries Over Russian Forces In Belarus, Former Security Officer Says Belarusian Conscripts Won't Fight
Joint exercises this month between Belarusian and Russian armed forces renewed worries about a new offensive against Ukraine from the north. Even if that happens, a former Belarusian intelligence official says Belarusian conscripts aren’t likely to fight.
January 27, 2023
U.S. Envoy To OSCE Warns Russia Trying To 'Wipe Out' Ukrainian Sovereignty, Incorporate Belarus
The U.S. envoy to the OSCE warned at a meeting of the organization's Permanent Council on January 26 that Russia is trying "to wipe out the sovereignty of an entire, independent nation" in Ukraine.
January 26, 2023
Tsikhanouskaya Calls On Croatia To Distinguish Lukashenka's Regime From Belarusians
Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the exiled leader of the democratic opposition in Belarus, has called on Croatia "to distinguish between" the Belarusian people and the regime of the authoritarian ruler of her country, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and to do the same between Belarus and Russia.
In Ukraine's Donbas, Intensifying Russian Offensives -- An Omen Of Things To Come?2
'They Will Send The Army To Ukraine': Bulgarian Social Media Flooded With Rumors Of Military Draft3
Interview: Writer Vladimir Sorokin Says Russia's Unresolved Historical Traumas Have Now 'Taken The Form Of War'4
Denounced By Her Classmates, Anti-War Russian Teen Faces A Long Prison Term5
Russia's 2021 Census Results Raise Red Flags Among Experts And Ethnic-Minority Activists6
Ukraine Will Hold Bakhmut, Zelenskiy Vows, Amid Warnings About New Offensive In The East7
The Week In Russia: Stalingrad And A 'Stupid, Criminal War'8
European Ban On Russian Diesel, Other Oil Products Takes Effect9
Situation 'Very Difficult' In East, Zelenskiy Says, As Ukraine Calls Again For Jets, Weapons10
Biden To Speak With Zelenskiy As Ukraine's Calls For Fighter Jets Grow Louder