Experts believe Russia is coercing and intimidating its neighbors through military means, escalating tension in eastern Europe.
The move by President of Poland Andrzej Duda came with the intent of preventing illegal migration from Belarus, after nearly 3,500 illegal migrants attempted to cross the border in August alone.
Ukrainian police opened a murder investigation after Vitaly Shishov, whose NGO helps victims of persecution fleeing Belarus, was found hanged in a Kiev park.
State TV broadcast an interview of journalist Roman Protasevich in which he said he called for anti-Lukashenko protests last year, a confession the opposition, UK and Germany say was "clearly under duress".
A Ryanair passenger flight from Athens to Vilnius was diverted while in Belarusian airspace on Sunday over a supposed bomb threat, prompting a global outcry to Minsk's forced landing of the aircraft to arrest a dissident journalist.
"I will not work as president with you under the new constitution," President Alexander Lukashenko says without specifying when that day would come.
Human rights group Viasna says police detained more than 500 protesters in fresh demonstrations, as anger mounts over death of Roman Bondarenko, a 31-year-old protester.
Belarus is in a political crisis as tens of thousands of Belarusians have taken to the streets each week since the Aug. 9 election calling for President Lukashenko to resign after 26 years in power.
Belarusian students, factory workers and pensioners answered a call by exiled opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to launch a nationwide strike this week — a fresh move to force Lukashenko to hold new elections after months of mass protests.
President Lukashenko defies an ultimatum to surrender power by midnight, challenging his opponents to make good on a threat to paralyse the country with strikes, nearly three months after his disputed election victory unleashed mass protests.
Top opposition Telegram channel, Nexta, says authorities have opened more than 250 criminal cases against President Lukashenko's would-be rivals, activists, bloggers, and ordinary Belarusians.
Belarusian security forces detained dozens of protesters as crowds rallied in central Minsk accusing President Lukashenko of rigging last month's election.
Subscribe to our Youtube channel for all latest in-depth, on the ground reporting from around the world.
Copyright © 2021 TRT World.