Armed people try to violate Belarus-Ukraine border near Aleksandrovka
The incident occurred last night. The Jeep car was heading to Belarus from Ukraine. The driver knocked down the gate, drove through the forced stop facility and, having received mechanical damage, tried to escape.
As a result, the border guards had to use a service weapon.
The car was detained by the State Border Committee special operations group in the area of the village Gabrileevka, Gomel region.
Angela Merkel: I am glad that President Trump supports Minsk ceasefire agreements
The most discussed subject in the world of politics today is the dialogue between the USA and the EU. The first meeting of US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel took place in Washington. The leaders discussed a set of questions; they talked about NATO, combating terrorism and the crisis in Eastern Ukraine.
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany: The US Administration and President Trump personally support Minsk Ceasefire Agreements. We need to solve this problem.
Minsk ceasefire agreements: a platform for further work of the OSCE
Vienna urges compliance on Minsk ceasefire agreements. This concerns the current situation in Ukraine. It is one of the key subjects discussed at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
“Minsk ceasefire agreements need to be used as a platform for further work of the OSCE”. This was said by Swedish delegates at the sitting of the Political and Security Committee.
Ukraine crisis to be discussed at OSCE PA in Minsk in summer 2017
Belarus will host the next OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the summer of 2017.
Today in Vienna there was held a presentation of Belarus as the host of the forthcoming forum.
The event of this level will be held in Belarus for the first time in more than 20 years.
Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years
The difficult situation emerging in the south-east of Ukraine again became the topic of discussion on 23 February at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. It commented on the mechanism permitting Ukrainian refugees a temporary residence in the country, responding to a question about the status of Donetsk and Lugansk passports.
Dmitry Mironchik said the President of Belarus in August 2014 adopted a decree that which contains a number of rules that enable migrants to avoid serious problems in the process.
Pence defends role of Minsk agreements in Ukraine crisis resolution
"Minsk agreements" sounded again at a high international level. The Munich Security Conference opened on Friday. It is already 53rd in a row. For more than half a century, the political elite has gathered in the heart of Bavaria to discuss the most urgent issues. Today on the agenda, besides the Ukrainian crisis, are the fight against terrorism; West's relations with Russia; situation in Europe; Syria and, of course, the near future of NATO during the presidency of Donald Trump (and not only of NATO). The new owner of the White House did not attend the forum.
Merkel says still no alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine
The International Conference on Security continues in Munich. One of the key issues is the settlement of the crisis in south-east Ukraine. This topic was discussed by the foreign ministers of the "Normandy 4".
They agreed they would promote the truce in the Donbas from 20 February.
Angela Merkel did not stay aside from the problems. The German Chancellor called the Minsk agreements - quote - "the only thing that we have in order to continue the dialogue and solve problems."
Petro Poroshenko instructs to convene emergency meeting of Ukraine contact group
The situation in the south-east of Ukraine is worsening. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has urgently demanded to convene an emergency meeting of the trilateral contact group.
It is not clear whether it will be held in Minsk or in the format of a videoconference.
Earlier it was planned that the negotiators will take place in Minsk on February 1. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus confirmed on January 31 that it is strongly willing to contribute to the organization of the meeting.
Mikhail Morgulis: Trump said Belarus' WWII feat deserves respect
Mikhail Morgulis, political scientist, writer, theologian, founder of the spiritual concept of diplomacy, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA) has given an interview with the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
For Belarusian audience it is very difficult to understand what the electoral system in the United States looks like. Why does it happen that the majority voted for Clinton but it was Trump who won? Who are the electors? How to explain it simply?
Normandy talks on Ukraine in Minsk: No sensations this time
If there's still a precedent and for the first time in post-war Europe, the radical right will come to power, this will give confidence, for example, to the leader of France's National Front, Marine Le Pen, which next year will fight for the presidency in the country. Moreover, Hollande said this week that he would not participate in the elections. And it is also a precedent - never before in modern France did the acting head of state refuse to run for a second term. However, Merkel, said that she would try to become German Chancellor for the fourth time.
Normandy 4 foreign ministers holding talks on Ukraine in Minsk
The foreign ministers of the Normandy Quartet (also known as Normandy 4) are holding talks on the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk November 29. The meeting is taking place at President Hotel.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin was the first to arrive in Minsk. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was the last to come. As expected, the talks will hinge around security and humanitarian issues, in particular, the release of hostages.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus ready for Normandy Four ministerial meeting
Belarus is ready to provide all necessary conditions for the effective conduct of the Normandy Quartet ministerial meeting if the parties so decide, said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.
It became known yesterday that France and Germany are preparing a meeting in this format on November 29 in Minsk, because of the deterioration of the situation in the Donbass. This is according to head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Belarus President about his pets and son's social networks
The President of Belarus sent a letter of cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky with appreciation that an astronaut does not forget his roots. On Thursday, meeting with journalists from 46 regions of Russia, Lukashenko remarked that Novitsky is now a Russian citizen, but inside he's still a Belarusian man.
Belarus remains pole of stability in Europe
Belarus is increasingly seen as a pole of stability in the region, said Belarus President on November 21 as he met with the delegation of the Political and Security Committee of the EU Council.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus cannot face a choice between East and West. Belarus' foreign policy is consistent and predictable, he added.
Belarus supports over 60,000 Ukrainian asylum-seekers in recent years
In recent years, Belarus has supported more than 60,000 Ukrainians who arrived in the country in search of asylum. They receive the necessary medical care from the budget, while their children, on a par with Belarusians, enroll in preschool education and schools.
The Ukraine crisis and global policy in this area was discussed in Minsk by experts from 10 countries at a conference dedicated to migration and demographic development.
Minsk still a platform for peace negotiations, President Lukashenko says
Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States will meet on 28 October at the National Library of Belarus. The session was preceded by the meetings of heads of CIS delegations with the President of Belarus.
It is already known that Alexander Lukashenko has met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Yagub Eyyubov. According to the Belarusian leader, Minsk still fulfills its obligations of a peace talks platform aiming to resolve various conflicts.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus welcomes any progress in resolution of Ukraine crisis
Belarus welcomes any progress, contributing to end the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine. Such a statement was made by the Foreign Ministry of Belarus. This is a reaction to the talks in Berlin of the Normandy Four leaders. Their main achievement was the agreement to budge the stalled process of implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Normandy Four talks finish in Berlin, OCSE mission to be expanded
The Minsk road map and the extension of the OSCE mission are the main results of nearly five-hour talks in the Normandy Four format in Berlin. They ended the day before late at night.
According to experts, it seems that the sides have managed to budge the stalled process of implementation of the Minsk agreements to resolve the situation in the east of Ukraine. The current meeting of the leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France was the fourth in a row.
Normandy Four meeting starts in Berlin October 19
The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany (the Normandy Four) gathered in Berlin October 19. The parties plan to check whether they are on the same page on the further settlement of the crisis in south-east Ukraine.
The most important issues are the situation in the Donbass and the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which are at an impasse.
The participants continue to recognize the need for compliance with these agreements, however, they interpret the agreement differently.
Minsk agreements on Ukraine to be discussed in Berlin October 19
A meeting of Normandy Four to discuss the Ukrainian crisis will be held on October 19 in Berlin. The meeting participants will estimate the implementation of the Minsk agreements since the last meeting and will discuss the next steps.
Angela Merkel has sent the leaders of Russia, France and Ukraine's an invitation to Berlin.
After that, the German Chancellor, Hollande and Poroshenko had a telephone conversation in a trilateral format.
Hollande, Merkel still committed to Minsk agreements
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are ready to continue work on the full implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine. The two leaders have made a joint statement on this.
The fact is that France and Germany are concerned about the security situation in the east of Ukraine, especially along the contact line. They support the cease-fire in the Donbass in connection with the beginning of the academic year.
Descendant of d'Artagnan, Aymeri de Montesquiou, shares impressions about Belarus
This guest of this edition of the program "Week" on the CTV is better known for his affinity with the musketeer described by Alexander Dumas. Duke Aymeri de Montesquiou d'Artagnan visited Belarus this week. Why? Our correspondent Yana Shipko found out.
Mr. de Montesquiou d'Artagnan, thanks for taking the time to talk with us! I am very pleased to pronounce your name, because I've been a fan of Dumas books since childhood. Incredibly, you actually belong to this family tree?
Document on separation of forces in Donbas may be signed 14 July
The conflicting parties in the south-east of Ukraine agreed to sign a document on the separation of forces in the Donbass. It is planned to make it on 14 July.
Talks of the trilateral contact group have just completed in Minsk. Now the work of experts is focused on security issues.
The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of incidents involving weapons in the conflict zone.
5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary
The 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly opened in Minsk June 22. This is the most democratic way of democracy. Journalists pick different epithets and comparisons for the forum. But the Belarus President explains it simply and clearly. He speaks about the purpose of the meeting itself and the people taking part in it.
NATO chief: No alternatives to Minsk agreements on Ukraine
There are no alternatives to the Minsk agreements on Ukraine, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
It is again hot in Donbass and this is in spite of the ceasefire supported by both sides of the conflict.
Artillery fire sounds in several towns in the region. There are no casualties among civilians, but the situation is heating up with each passing day.
In this regard, the Alliance's secretary general urged the Ukrainian army and the forces of the self-proclaimed republics to respect the Minsk Agreements.
Belarus taking 'calm and adequate' measures in view of increased NATO presence
Current approaches to achieving economic security became the main topic at a forum of heads of delegations who gathered in Minsk for a session of the Council of CIS supreme bodies of financial control. The President of Belarus met with international experts June 7.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, the CIS should become a political and economic center of power. This is particularly important in light of the 25th anniversary of the Commonwealth.
The leading financial experts of the CIS countries will stay in Minsk a few days.
Belarus welcomes mutual exchange of military personnel by Ukraine and Russia
The Foreign Ministry of Belarus welcomes the steps taken between Russia and Ukraine on the way to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The sides have exchanged military personnel.
Thus, one of the issues that was an obstacle to progress towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine is now off the agenda. The Foreign Ministry expresses hope that the event will be positive for the whole negotiation process.
Normandy Four approves OSCE police mission in Donbass
Leaders of the Normandy Four have supported the creation of the OSCE police mission in Donbass. The heads of state agreed on this in a telephone conversation.
In addition, the leaders reiterated the importance of the full execution of the Minsk agreements.
Also, a special council for the preparation of local elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions will be operating in the east of Ukraine.
For now, fighting has resumed in the Donbass, with the OSCE noting violations of ceasefire every day. However, there are no casualties among civilians.
Canada to remove sanctions against Belarus
Canada has removed sanctions against Belarus, reads the Canadian foreign ministry website.
"Pursuant to the Government of Canada’s commitment to diplomatic re-engagement with the international community, and in response to recent positive developments in Belarus, Global Affairs Canada will initiate the regulatory process to remove Belarus from the Area Control List (ACL), thereby lifting sanctions that have been in place since December 14, 2006," the message reads.
Alexander Lukashenko: USA vital for balancing Ukraine crisis
Positive elements in the relations between Belarus and the United States will mark their new stage, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting on March 30 with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter. The sides discussed Belarus' position on military matters and the bilateral dialogue.
During the meeting they touched upon regional security issues. In particular, the conflict in Ukraine. Belarus' President noted that it is impossible to balance the situation there without the United States.
Normandy Four Foreign Ministers to meet in Paris on March 3
The foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine are to discuss the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis in Paris, on March 3.
Minsk is obviously playing a major peacekeeping role in the Donets Basin. The talks of the Trilateral Contact Group took place in the Belarusian capital the day before. As a result, a treaty on the cease of the live fire exercises on the contact line was signed. The document embraces all kinds of weapons and will take effect on March 4, at midnight (Kyiv local time).
Ukraine contact group to meet in Minsk February 17
In Minsk, February 17, experts will again seek a peaceful settlement of the military conflict in the Donbass. The Belarusian capital will bring together representatives of the Ukraine contact group. At the same time, there are no meeting of thematic subgroups on schedule.
Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz: "With prayer, the world will become better"
Statistics show that every 5 minutes on average one person in the world dies for his faith in Christ. Basically we are talking about hotspots. Persecution of Christians has become a major topic of conversation in Francis Pope and Patriarch Kirill. The primates of the Catholic and Orthodox churches met for the first time in a thousand years. Their paths crossed in Havana's Jose Marti airport, near a wooden crucifix. According to the Christian tradition, the meeting began with a triple kiss and ended with a final declaration on 10 sheets.
One year past Minsk agreements on Ukraine: what is still to be implemented?
On February 12, the world marks exactly one year after the Minsk agreements. On the same day in 2015, in the capital of Belarus, a package of measures to resolve the situation in Ukraine was adopted.
The document was endorsed by the 'Normandy 4' - the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. The package of measures was supported by the UN Security Council and has become mandatory for implementation of the peace process in the conflict zone.
Foreign Ministry: Belarus urges to consolidate efforts to support Minsk peace process
Belarus calls to consolidate efforts to support the Minsk peace process on Ukraine, reads the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with the anniversary of the coordination of the "Complex measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements."
There is still a long way to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, but at stake is not only the life and well-being, but also the fate of the entire system of European security.
An important role in this process belongs to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Experts from 'Normandy 4' countries gather in Minsk February 11, 2016
Experts are discussing possible ways out of the Ukraine crisis. And although the meeting is informal its results will help to find new ways to address the issue.
For the normalization of the situation in Ukraine, all parties must make every effort. The resolution of the conflict in a civilized manner shows the stability of the entire European region to modern challenges and threats.
Security key topic at Minsk meeting to settle Ukraine crisis
Security has become a key theme at the meeting of working subgroups to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. On February 10, in Minsk, the OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik called on the parties to observe the ceasefire.
The withdrawal of heavy weapons still remains an open question, as well as mine clearance. The shelling has become the main cause of unresolved economic and humanitarian problems.
NATO: Minsk agreements remain the only basis for peace in Ukraine
Minsk agreements remain the only basis for peace in Ukraine, said NATO Secretary General, presenting on January 28 the annual report on the work of the alliance.
Jens Stoltenberg confirmed the inviolability of the agreements reached in Minsk, and urged all parties to implement them. According to him, NATO see both progress and problems in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
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Lavrov: Kiev must meet Minsk agreements
Moscow stands for the strict implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on January 26 at a big press conference. According to the diplomat, not all the agreements have been implemented.
Therefore, Lavrov reminded, it was decided to continue this work in 2016. The objectives remain the same, they are all set out in documents.
The Minsk agreement provides complete cease-fire in the conflict zone, the release of prisoners and the restoration of infrastructure in the region.
New round of Ukraine contact group talks underway in Minsk January 20
Preparation of local elections in the Donets Basin region is one of the main topics that the representatives of the contact group on Ukraine intend to discuss the January 20 in Minsk.
It is expected that the upcoming meeting will be an attempt to find compromises on individual and especially acute themes. In particular, there will be discussed such issues as the participation of media in the electoral process, the organization and the form of political events, as well as the vote count.
Ukraine contact group to meet in Minsk January 20
Minsk agreements must be implemented by all parties to the conflict in Ukraine, said head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini summing up the EU Council in Brussels.
The problem of the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis is discussed at the talks in various formats, in particular during the meetings of the contact group in Minsk.
The next round is scheduled for tomorrow, 20 January. Among the main issues of the meeting is the preparation of local elections.
Another cease-fire for Donbas: Will it hold?
From 12 a.m. of January 14, a complete cease-fire regime came into force in the Donbass. The silence agreement was reached during the trilateral talks of the contact group in Minsk.
For many months, until last Wednesday, the tripartite group in Minsk managed to agree only on one thing - to continue to negotiate further. Since November, hostilities flamed again, with the sides learning to skillfully hide heavy artillery from OSCE observers in the bushes.
Minsk 2015: Major Events of the Year
Belarus emerges from winter holidays - Catholic and Orthodox Christmas and the New Year’s Eve - so it’s perfect time to look back on 2015 and remember the major events of the bygone year.
In 2015, Minsk became a city of the world’s hope. The leaders of Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine came to Belarus to find a way to solve the Ukrainian crisis. Everything was meticulously prepared by the President of Belarus for hosting the talks between President Putin, Chancellor Merkel, President Poroshenko and President Hollande.
Belarus President names the most significant event of 2015
During a visit to the new maternity hospital on the basis of 5th City Clinical Hospital of Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko answered questions from journalists. The media representatives asked the leader which foreign policy events of 2015 Alexander Lukashenko considers as the key ones.
After all, the previous year was marked by the activity of Belarus in the international arena and reset in relations with the West.
Normandy 4 leaders hold telephone conversation
The complete cease-fire and the establishment of a security zone in the south-east of Ukraine was discussed by the leaders of Normandy 4 on December 30. They held talks over the phone.
The sides also called to intensify early next year the work within the framework of a tripartite contact group to discuss the local elections in some regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Silence regime enters into force in Donbass
The full and unconditional silence regime entered into force in the Donbas today, December 23, at midnight. Such an agreement was reached yesterday at a meeting of the tripartite contact group to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, which was held in Minsk.
The meeting resulted in a number of decisions, including on technical matters of mine lifting and exchange of prisoners.
Belarus' strengthens control over those arriving from Ukraine, Syria
The Interior Ministry will strengthen control over citizens arriving from Ukraine and Syria. Every employee of the Interior Ministry, including patrol and traffic police have the necessary skills to detect such citizens.
The recent example is the detention at the Minsk railway station. A man who was carrying explosives, two passports and weapons was taken into custody. He had documents confirming that he had been a combatant in the Donbas.
Minsk hosting trilateral meeting of Ukraine contact group December 8
Today, December 8, Minsk is again hosting a trilateral meeting of the Ukraine contact group. Prior to that, aspects of conflict resolution in the Donbas have traditionally been discussed by tracks.
Subgroups on political, economic, humanitarian and security issues held meetings.
The recent talks in Minsk have led to an agreement on the withdrawal from the line of contact of weapons with a caliber less than 100 mm, mortars and tanks.
Belarus' to partake in OSCE foreign ministers' meeting in Belgrade
Strengthening the fight against terrorism and bolstering regional security. Such are the topics of the meeting of the Council of Ministers of OSCE Foreign Affairs due to take place in Belgrade today.
Belarus is also taking part in the event. The Belarusian delegation will lay out its vision for achieving security in Europe.
Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan
On November 13, President Alexander Lukashenko approved a new plan specifying the cooperation of Belarusian-Russian armies from 2016.
According to the Belarusian head of state, the security issue should be considered in terms of relations in the post-Soviet space where three major integration associations such as the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Union State of Belarus and Russia exist. It’s indispensable to take into consideration the situation in neighboring countries as well.
Ukraine contact group agrees on exchange of 20 prisoners
During yesterday's meeting of the tripartite contact group to resolve the situation in Donbas it was agreed to release a number of prisoners on both sides, OSCE spokesman Martin Sajdik said.
According to him, the exchange will take place on October 29. There will be released 11 representatives of Ukraine and 9 from "a number of areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions."
Minsk agreements on Ukraine as a kind of peacemaking brand
The planet as a whole starts to perceive Belarus as a peacemaker. New Switzerland. The peacemaking brand - the Minsk agreement - is constantly mentioned in speeches by the presidents of the USA and Russia and European leaders. And Ukraine, of course, too. And here are the examples of recent days.
Andrei Rusakovich, expert: Belarus has significantly improved its position in the international arena
Andrei Rusakovich, Head of the Diplomatic and Consular Service Department of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University (BSU): Do you know, Belarus in the past few years has significantly improved its position in the international arena. I will name just a few factors that testify to this. This is, above all, a stable position with respect to security, both international and regional. This was highlighted in the process of the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.
Doctor of Political Sciences, Sergei Kizima: Europe and world discovering real Belarus
On October 11, the main voting day, the Palace of the Republic has become a kind of analytical center. Numerous international observers and political analysts come here and share their views with journalists. A CTV correspondent is in the CEC Information Center.
Expert:People came to the polls as on holiday, they came with children, the whole families. The elderly told that they were paid a visit at their homes. At two or three polling stations, we saw several people born in 1920 or 1921 who came on their own.
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in Prayer for Belarus ceremony
With prayers for Belarus. Hundreds of the faithful gathered on October 2 at the walls of the Minsk Church of All Saints. Representatives of almost all religious denominations - Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Muslims - were present. For decades, they have co-existed peacefully in our land. Taking part in the ceremony was the President, Alexander Lukashenko.
In the center of the crypt stood a lamp with Holy Fire from Jerusalem. The Belarus President used it to light a memorial candle.
Weapons in Ukraine to be withdrawn from line of contact
The Tripartite Contact Group on the settlement of the Ukraine crisis has managed to reach a compromise. Earlier in Minsk they initialed an agreement on the mutual withdrawal of weapons from the zone of contact. Additions to the Minsk Agreement suggest that the withdrawal of weapons will be carried out over a distance of 15km and will take place in two stages. The first one will start in two days after a complete ceasefire.
Belarus at the UN General Assembly in New York: Speech by Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko with the most "peaceful" tribune spoke of "non-peaceful" atmosphere on the planet and talked with the leaders of many countries. In the general debate the powerful countries - including the United States and Russia - voiced their positions. There was also a kind of political debut - Xi Jinping spoke at the UN General Assembly for the first time.
How does Belarus cope with influx of refugees?
A wave of migrants from the Middle East has not touched Belarus but our country is also hosting refugees. The majority of them come from Ukraine and other places of the FSU.
This Chechen woman with three children and a disabled husband has been living at the Brest railway station for a week. She several times "storms" the border with the European Union.
Lisa Osmalova:We live at the station, we spend nights and eat. And every morning we buy return tickets.
Ukraine contact group working subgroups start another meeting in Minsk September 8
Full ceasefire and the law on the special status of Donbass. The Belarusian capital on September 8 once again become a meeting place for a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.
At this moment President Hotel is hosting the meetings of the four working subgroups of the Contact Group. In the afternoon, representatives of the tripartite contact group are expected to meet at the negotiating table.
Over 100 injured in Ukraine parliament protests
In Kiev, last week began with an explosion at the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament. The grenade injured more than 100 people. Ukrainian authorities promised to respond rapidly to the incident that led to the death of four people. However, the shock relay continued. Two days later a bomb exploded in the office of the nationalist "Right Sector".
Material and spiritual humanitarian aid for Donetsk from Belarus
Despite fluctuations of the Russian and Belarusian ruble they feel much more confident than the Ukrainian hryvnia, for example. Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republic have switched from the hryvnia to the Russian ruble, by the way. Our special correspondent Oleg Romanov had just returned from areas where people wake up to the roar of cannon fire but buy Belarusian goods for all the money that circulate there. Particularly brisk was trade in Donetsk on the Miner's Day. Death walks around, but life goes on.
EU, Brazil and the Vatican diplomats visit refugee families in Gomel region
Immigrants from Syria found a new life in Belarus. Families forced to flee from the deadly threat in their home country are happy with peaceful heaven in Belarus. Sept. 3 diplomats from the EU, Brazil and the Vatican could see it in person. Representatives of diplomatic missions visited Syrian citizens in their new homes in Gomel in the framework of a United Nations project.
UN praises Belarus' work with Ukrainian immigrants
Belarus has been thanked for the good deeds. The UN praised the work of Belarus with Ukrainian immigrants.
In H1 2015 alone, more than 27,000 Ukrainian citizens officially arrived in Gomel Oblast. Every fourth of them has arrived from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of war-turn Ukraine.
All who asked for help were assisted quickly in finding housing and job. The work has been praised: written thanks of the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have been delivered to Gomel.
Ceasefire being observed September 1, political subgroup of Ukraine contact group says
Minsk remains the main site for the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis. On September 1 in Minsk, there ended another series of talks of the political subgroup of the tripartite contact group on Ukraine. The meeting was held behind closed doors. The main issues that the sides discussed were the constitutional reform and the special status of Donbass.
One but very important conclusion was voiced: on September 1, the ceasefire is being observed.
Political sub-group of Ukraine Contact Group holding meeting in Minsk
September 1 is a key date for the implementation of the next steps for the establishment of peace in the south-east of Ukraine. Previously, an agreement was reached on the withdrawal of weapons with a caliber of up to 100 mm from the contact line. But the question remains unresolved.
A trilateral political subgroup of the contact group on Ukraine is now holding a meeting on Ukraine behind closed doors. The agenda includes constitutional reform and the status of the Donbas.
Ukraine runs risk of energy crisis
Ukraine faces an energy crisis. Due to the fact that Donbass mines have stopped working, the country is running out of coal. Now, Ukraine has to buy fuel in Africa.
The government has warned the public about the increase in utility tariffs. The Ministry of Energy has compiled an hourly schedule of power outages in the winter.
Working subgroup on Ukraine in Minsk cannot come to consensus on withdrawal of arms in Donbass
A working subgroup on the settlement of the Ukraine crisis, which is working in Minsk, cannot come to a consensus on the issue of withdrawal of arms in the Donbass, report news agencies citing a source in the security subgroup of the tripartite contact group.
The document on the withdrawal of weapons of a caliber less than 100mm in the Donbass cannot be agreed because of the lack of consensus on several contentious areas along the line of contact.
Minsk hosting another meeting of Ukraine contact group August 26
On August 26 Minsk is hosting after the three-week break a meeting of the Ukraine contact group and its four sub-working groups. As expected, the subgroup on security will submit to the contact group two versions of the text of the document on the withdrawal from the line of contact of arms of a caliber up to 100 mm.
Belarus reinforcing border with Ukraine
Belarus is reinforcing its southern borders. Against the backdrop of new alarming news from the southeast of Ukraine, Belarus is taking special care about the strength of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. Demarcation works have been underway since November 2013, when the first border sign was installed.
OSCE emergency meeting on Ukraine underway in Austria
An emergency meeting of the OSCE on Ukraine is being held in Austria. There is only one but very important issue on the agenda - the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass.
In recent days, there has been a sharp increase in the number of civilian casualties. The monitoring mission of the OSCE, which is now working in Horlivka, confirmed the death of three people. At least six more were injured in fighting near Mariupol.
Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant privatization not on the cards for now
The state is not going to sell Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT trademark) now, said Alexander Lukashenko while visiting the company on August 14. The Head of State familiarized himself with the work of the new production facilities and was shown samples of products. In addition, the President talked with the staff of the plant.
Foreign Ministers of Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania discuss Donbass conflict
The trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine - Vladimir Makei, Antanas Linkevičius and Pavel Klimkin - took place in Odessa, the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry informs.
"The ministers thoroughly discussed the regional situation related to the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine, and spoke in favor of the quick achievement of specific agreements, which will be acceptable to all parties, within the framework of the Tripartite Liaison Group," the press-service reports.
Minsk, Kiev preparing roadmaps to restore bilateral trade
Minsk and Kiev are preparing roadmaps to restore the previous level of trade between the countries. This was stated by the head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry in Kiev. Vladimir Makei is here on a working visit.
The talks with the leadership of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also focused on the situation in the Donbass. Vladimir Makei assured that Belarus is doing everything for soonest peace and stability in the sourth-east of Ukraine.
Belarusian Foreign Minister begins visit to Ukraine August 12
The head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry will discuss the settlement of the situation in the Donbass during his visit to Ukraine. Vladimir Makei arrives there on August 12.
The head of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus will also review trade and economic relations between the two countries and cooperation in the field of politics. The chiefs of the Foreign Ministries of Belarus and Ukraine will discuss the dialogue between the two countries within international organizations.
Negotiations on Ukraine continuing in Minsk August 4
The Ukraine negotiation marathon continues in Minsk. The previous meeting of the contact group and its working groups was held in Minsk yesterday. It lasted about 12 hours and ended late at night.
Today, on August 4 Minsk again brought together representatives of the subgroup on security. The meeting is not going to be adjourned until the parties find a compromise on matters of principle. In particular, they will focus on the removal of weapons from the line of contact. This is another attempt to find common ground. The day before, it failed.
Contact Group to discuss Shirokino demilitarization, Donbass' special status in Minsk August 3
A meeting of coordinators of subgroups of the Ukraine contact group began in Minsk. This was reported by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. OSCE representatives have gathered at President Hotel.
Today the tripartite contact group will also meet. The meetings will be held behind closed doors, as always. The agenda includes the situation in Shirokino, withdrawal of weapons and the special status of Donbass.
OSCE special monitoring mission observers arrive in Ukraine's Horlivka
In Donbass, the sound of cannon fire was again heard in Donbass. Horlivka again came under fire. The shelling killed two civilians. Another six people were injured. In order to assess the damage special observers of the OSCE monitoring mission arrived in the city.
Since the beginning of the year more than 160 Horlivka civilians have been killed.
Destinies of Donbass residents: Mixture of war and horror
The inhabitants of ruined cities of Donbass now have to build their lives in accordance with the military schedule. In particular, they can go to the store or see a doctor only during breaks in the shelling. And some families have to live in bomb shelters. Reporter of the news program "24 Hours" on the CTV channel Oleg Romanov reports from the Donbass.
Reflections and fate of Ukrainian students in Belarus
The protagonists of our next report arrived in Belarus for seemingly trivial things, like peace of mind, the opportunity to learn and work. The true value of these things in all colors opens only when they disappear.
Alisa is going to the university for the first time. The college student at the University of Luhansk had not planned to change the university but in the spring of 2014 mines began to explode in the streets of her hometown.
Another round of talks on the situation in Ukraine held in Minsk July 28
Another attempt to negotiate. On July 28, Minsk held another round of talks on the situation in Ukraine. This time the political subgroup on Donbass was working. The meeting took place is President Hotel as before.
Still, one of the sticking points between the parties is the special status of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as plans to hold local elections. The talks took place against the backdrop of the ongoing violations of the silence regime in which participants of the clashes accuse each other.
Another round of Ukraine talks underway in Minsk
Another attempt to negotiate. On July 28 another round of talks on the situation in Ukraine began in Minsk. This time the political subgroup on Donbass is working. The meeting place is President Hotel as before.
Still one of the sticking points between the parties is the special status of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as plans to hold local elections. The talks will take place against the backdrop of the ongoing violations of the silence regime in which participants of the clashes accuse each other.
How does Donetsk live today? CTV reporter visits war-torn city
The situation remains tense in the Donbas. In Luhansk region, there has been a wave of arson and car explosions. In Donetsk, the intensity of cannonades has increased. Attacks continue near the main train station and victims have been reported.
The 300th or the 320th day of war (who knows...) turned out to be quite ordinary for Donbass.
Over the year of the war, weeds covered the old cemetery of Donetsk.
OSCE observers come under mortar fire in the Donbas
The situation in the Donets Basin has become even more tense in the last few days. This time OSCE observers came under mortar fire. This happened on the territory of the Luhansk region. There have been no reports of casualties among the staff of the mission. Other details of the incident are being specified.
Donetsk continues to hear intensive cannonades. This night the village Aleksandrovka came under fire. An apartment building was hit directly. Information about the victims is yet to be confirmed. Attacks continue near the main train station.
Ukrainians from troubled regions taking part in Dinamo Stadium reconstruction
Protagonists of the next report can be called an international construction team. They work on the construction of the stadium Dinamo: Belarusians and Russians. There are those who come from the troubled south-east of Ukraine. They changed their profession in Belarus. Three different countries, different destinies, but very similar views on how life should be organized.
Denis has not yet managed to meet his son. Now they are separated by distance and the border. Denis is from Ukraine's troubled Donetsk.
Ukraine to receive next tranche of financial aid from IMF
Ukraine will receive the next tranche of financial aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The amount is 17.5 billion dollars. The country has long been on the verge of default. Ukraine's state debt is about $70 billion and $40mln of them is the foreign debt.
The four-year program of financial aid to Ukraine was approved by the IMF Board of Directors on March 11. Almost at the same time Kiev received the first tranche of five billion dollars. In 2015, Ukraine expects to receive $10 billion.
Ukraine's Right Sector promises new phase of revolution
Representatives of radical group "Right Sector" require that the authorities introduce martial law in Ukraine. Previously, they held a rally in Kiev's Independence Square, where they demanded the resignation of the current government.
Also, the leader of the radicals promised to start a new phase of the Ukrainian revolution.
Meanwhile, the long-awaited peace in the Donbass does not come. A dam was shelled and if it is destroyed completely, several towns will be flooded.
OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic attends tripartite talks of Ukraine contact group in Minsk
On July 21 Ivica Dacic took part in the next round of tripartite negotiations of the contact group to resolve the situation in the Donbass. As he himself put it, this was done in order to encourage the political process.
In search of a compromise between official Kyiv and the self-proclaimed republics, a meeting of the contact group on Ukraine was held in Minsk. The main and the most important question was a complete cease-fire. The parties had not achieved that by the time of the meeting.
Alexander Lukashenko to OSCE head: In fact, war is going on in Europe
Other heads of state should be more actively involved in the resolution of the Ukrainian conflict, said the Belarus President at a meeting with First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Ivica Dacic.
Serbia has been chairing this organization since January, after Switzerland.
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic: Minsk has become a synonym for settlement of Ukraine crisis
Belarus fully supports Serbia's efforts to improve security in the OSCE area of responsibility - this was announced after a meeting of Belarus' foreign minister with OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic. Vladimir Makei stressed that our country will continue to support all efforts aimed at achieving the creation of a single space of stability and security in Europe.
OSCE chief Ivica Dacic visiting Minsk July 21
The current chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is holding talks with the leadership of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.
At a meeting with Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei, Ivica Dacic said that today he would attend the meeting of the tripartite contact group to resolve the situation in Ukraine in order to encourage the political process.
The contact group will hold talks behind closed doors.
Normandy 4 leaders hold telephone talks on Ukraine
All agreements on Ukraine must be respected. The leaders of the Normandy Quartet reiterated the importance of the implementation of the Minsk agreements as of February 12. Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande, and Petro Poroshenko held telephone talks.
As before, the emphasis was made on cessation of hostilities in the Donbas. Civilians there are still suffering: the city is virtually destroyed, there is no water and products cannot be delivered to those who need them most.
Luhansk breakaway republic starts unilateral withdrawal of heavy weapons from contact line
The breakaway Luhansk People's Republic unilaterally started withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of contact. The process is being monitored by international observers of the OSCE mission. According to news agencies, near the town of Kirovsk, three tanks have been withdrawn.
Meanwhile, residents of Donetsk spent the night of 19 July in bomb shelters. A powerful artillery attack was carried out against the Kiev district of Donetsk. It damaged 18 buildings. A bomb also hit the hospital. There are reports of fatalities.
No special status for Donbass, Poroshenko says
The Donbas will not get a special status and Ukraine will remain a unitary state. This was stated by President Petro Poroshenko in his speech in the Verkhovna Rada.
The Ukrainian Government is still guided by the Minsk agreements, concluded on February 12.
Meanwhile, the situation is still tense in Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Gorlovka again came under fire as well as residential neighborhoods. There are victims and destroyed buildings. There are reports about tanks and heavy artillery shooting.
Ukraine political subgroup holds meeting in Minsk July 14
Minsk hosted 14 July a meeting of the political sub-group in Ukraine. The talks were held as usual in President Hotel and the itself meeting was closed to the press.
The agenda includes discussions on changes in the fundamental law of Ukraine as well as the holding of the local elections in Donbass.