Monthly Archives: May 2021

European Council conclusions on Belarus, 24 May 2021

III. Belarus The European Council strongly condemns the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk, Belarus, on 23 May 2021 endangering aviation safety, and the detention by Belarusian authorities of journalist Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega. The European Council: – demands the immediate release of Raman Pratasevich and Sofia Sapega and that their freedom of movement be guaranteed; –

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Volodymyr Ohryzko: If no sanctions are imposed on Lukashenko regime, Western powers will testify to their toothlessness

VLAD ABRAMOV 22:30, 24 May 2021 Ukraine’s former Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko sat down with UNIAN to explain why Ukraine will have to sacrifice “good relations” with Belarus, whether it is possible that the scenario of Roman Protasevich’s “detention” was written in Moscow, and why the collective West needs to apply harsh sanctions against the dictator over his actions. The

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“I confess.” Belarusian pro-government Telegram channel published a video with Roman Protasevich

The Belarusian pro-government telegram channel Zheltye Plums has published a video with opposition journalist Roman Protasevich, who was detained the day before at the Minsk airport. I am in jail No. 1 in Minsk. I can declare that I have no health problems, including those with the heart and with any other organs. The attitude of the employees towards me is as

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Brian Bonner: The 7 stages of Western ‘concern’

By Brian Bonner I’m not sure who came up with this list, but I saw them on the Twitter account of “Darth Putin” overnight, following the May 23, 2021, hijacking of a Ryanair civilian commercial jetliner by the Belarusian military to carry out Alexander Lukashenko’s order to arrest opposition journalist Roman Protasevich. If such a crime can happen to Pratasevich, it can happen to

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Journalist in hospital, editor tweets

There’s been no word about opposition journalist Roman Protasevich after he was taken off the Ryanair flight by Belarusian police. Witnesses said the activist was “super-scared” when he was detained, and told fellow passengers he would face the death penalty. Now the editor of Nexta, the media outlet Mr Protasevich used to work for, has tweeted that “according to his

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Paul Niland: Did Lukashenko or Putin hijack that plane?

Over the weekend a truly shocking event took place. It was something that endangered the lives of many innocent travelers, when a Ryanair commercial airliner headed from Athens to Vilnius was forced to land in Minsk, Belarus, ostensibly due to a security threat. The question is, who was behind this? Because, how much is the Belarussian dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, defeated

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Vladimir Zelensky met with the co-chairman of the German party “Union 90 / Greens”

May 24, 2021 – 18:50 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi met with Robert Habek, co-chairman of the German Soyuz 90 / Greens party. The interlocutors discussed the course of the election campaign for the German Bundestag. Volodymyr Zelensky drew attention to the positive dynamics of the party’s electoral support for voters, and also expressed hope for further fruitful cooperation with all

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U.K. Bans Belarus Airline, Points Finger at Russia

Britain on Monday banned Belarus flag carrier Belavia and said Russia was likely complicit in the forced landing in Minsk of a civilian jet to detain a dissident journalist. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps also said he had told the Civil Aviation Authority to instruct UK aircraft to avoid Belarusian airspace, “in order to keep passengers safe.” Shapps suspended the operating

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Poroshenko calls for tough sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime, demands investigation of ‘Wagner members’ case

The imposition of new sanctions against the Belarusian regime and its Russian patrons should be an adequate response to Lukashenko’s gross violations of the principles of democracy, fifth President of Ukraine, leader of the European Solidarity party Petro Poroshenko said. “Personal sanctions should be imposed against the masterminds and perpetrators of the kidnapping crime. Air flights over the territory of

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Belarusian authorities read out a letter about the bomb on board the Ryanair plane. It was allegedly threatened to blow up by the Hamas movement

The bomb report on the Ryanair flight, which flew from Athens to Vilnius on May 23 and made an emergency landing in Minsk, was sent on behalf of the Hamas movement . This was stated by the director of the aviation department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Belarus Artem Sikorsky, reports Onliner.by. According to Sikorsky, the following letter in English was

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The Wall Street Journal: Three scientists from the Institute of Virology in Wuhan were seriously ill in November 2019. It could have been a coronavirus

At least three scientists working at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were seriously ill in November 2019. Writes about this The Wall Street Journal with reference to an unpublished report of American intelligence.  As intelligence found out, the disease was “serious enough” – the scientists had to be treated in a hospital. At the same time, the symptoms of the disease were

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Flight to Frankfurt was delayed in Minsk. A letter with a threat of a terrorist attack arrived at the airport

Lufthansa flight LH1487 leaving for Frankfurt was delayed at the Minsk National Airport on the afternoon of May 24. According to the press service of the airport, shortly before the departure, an anonymous message was sent to his e-mail about the intention to commit a terrorist attack on this flight. The boarding of the flight, which was scheduled to depart

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Lukashenka signs laws prohibiting journalists from participating in uncoordinated rallies and collecting donations to pay fines

Alexander Lukashenko signed amendments to the law on mass events, which, in particular, prohibit journalists from covering uncoordinated actions in real time. This was reported on the National Legal Internet Portal of the Republic of Belarus. Also, in the performance of their duties, journalists are prohibited from acting as organizers or participants in mass events. In addition, the amendments prohibit the collection, receipt

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Crimean Tatars, Crimean Karaites, Krymchaks are indigenous peoples of Ukraine – presidential bill

24.05.2021 12:41 The text of draft law No. 5506 “On Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine”, initiated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, has been published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada. According to the bill, Crimean Tatars, Crimean Karaites, and Krymchaks are the indigenous peoples of Ukraine. The explanatory note states that the purpose of the document is to determine

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Airlines start flying in circumvention of Belarus without official instructions – media

At least two AirBaltic flights avoided the airspace of Belarus.AirBaltic avoids Belarus’ airspace / REUTERS At least two AirBaltic flights flew in circumvention of the airspace of Belarus after an incident with a forced landing of a Ryanair Athens-Vilnius flight at Minsk airport. This was reported by the Belarusian Euroradio, the Ukrainian-registered media outlet European Pravda reported.Screenshot from FlightRadar24 As seen from

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Ukrainian parliament group demands severance of diplomatic relations with Belarus

24.05.2021 12:20 Representatives of the inter-faction association in the Verkhovna Rada “For Democratic Belarus” have demanded the severance of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Belarus, except for relations related to refugees and political prisoners. According to Ukrinform, a respective statement was published on Telegram by Oleksiy Honcharenko, an MP from the European Solidarity faction and the chairman of the association.

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Russia Defends Belarus Over Plane Diversion

Russian officials have defended Belarus’ use of a military jet to divert a passenger plane carrying a dissident, an act Western leaders have called “state terrorism” that may spark tougher sanctions against Minsk. The remarks came after Belarus state media claimed that its authorities had no other choice but pull Ryanair flight FR4978 from its Athens-to-Vilnius route and arrest opposition journalist Roman Protasevich. Belarus

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Zelensky signs law on land decentralization

24.05.2021 12:00 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a law amending the Land Code and other legislative acts to improve the system of management and deregulation in the field of land relations. The law was signed during his speech at the All-Ukrainian Forum “Ukraine 30. Land” on Monday, May 24, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “Law No. 2194, which fundamentally

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Shevchenko expelled from Servant of the People faction

24.05.2021 11:18 Servant of the People MPs have supported the decision to expel Yevhen Shevchenko, who met with unrecognized Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in April, from the party’s faction in parliament, the deputy head of the faction, Yevheniia Kravchuk, has told Ukrinform. “Yes, it’s true,” Kravchuk said, while answering questions from Ukrinform. She said 70% of MPs had voted for

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Latvian airline airBaltic will not fly over Belarus after Ryanair forced landing in Minsk

Latvian national air carrier airBaltic will not use the airspace of Belarus for flights, Transport Minister Talis Linkites announced. This decision was made after a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius was landed in Minsk on May 23 due to a report of an explosive device on board. On the plane was one of the founders and former editor-in-chief of the

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