Belarus, which means White Russia, is a pro-Moscow Eastern European state under autocratic leadership, bordering both Ukraine and Russia.
World watches fifth day of the biggest assault on a European country since World War Two as fighting rages on multiple fronts in Ukraine while its western allies pile sanctions against Russia. Latest updates:
The Committee also stripped Russian President Vladimir Putin of the Olympic Order award in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
Minsk ditches its non-nuclear status after a constitutional referendum, paving way for Russian nuclear weapons in the country at a time when it has become a launchpad for Russian troops invading Ukraine and marching on Kiev.
Ukraine faces a new wave of attacks as the battle for Kiev rages on the fourth day of Russia's military campaign in the eastern European country. Here are the latest updates:
Moscow has already sent troops to eastern Ukraine. But keeping eastern Ukraine might not be enough for Vladimir Putin. Here are possible Russian invasion scenarios.
The statement from US Secretary of State Blinken came as Russian military exercises in Belarus are continuing, further ramping up the pressure on an already tense situation.
The Greek coast guard rescued 280 out of 292 passengers and crew who were onboard when the blaze broke out on the Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympic.
US-based Maxar Technologies says recent satellite pictures show Russian military activity in multiple locations across Belarus, the annexed Crimea region of Ukraine and western Russia,
The new batch of US troops are in addition to the 8,500 strong already on alert to be ready to deploy to Europe if needed and the nearly 3,000 American troops the administration said earlier this month it would deploy to Poland and Romania.
The Cyberpartisans have claimed responsibility for several high-profile hacks, their latest targeting military trains headed from Russia to Belarus.
The military alliance has invited Moscow for a new round of talks to “find a diplomatic way forward”, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said as tensions between Russia and Ukraine continue to grow.
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