Journalist from Minsk, Belarus. Non-resident fellow @AtlanticCouncil. Media trainer. Formerly @RFERL, @Belsat_TV. 2019 @worldpressinst fellow. DM for Signal

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What the West doesn't get right about #Ukraine & #Belarus: - we are not Russia's sphere of influence. We have an identity & political subjectivity - we are not victims. We are brave fighters - we are Europe - we have potential & can develop - any frozen conflict is not a solution
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We didn't see any signs of potential attacks. But today, Lukashenka said that Ukrainian troops were trying to strike at military facilities in #Belarus. He can use this as a pretext to order Belarusian troops to attack Ukraine.He already said the military would target "opponents"
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#Ukraine The Armed Forces showed the video of how Ukrainians helped the Russian army to show their "goodwill" and leave Snake Island
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#Belarus In 2017, artist Mitya Pisliak made this mural during Vulica Brasil in Minsk, which was an amazing festival of street art and culture. Murals are not for dictators and who knows what unrest they can provoke! So it has been destroyed. A shiny new grey wall is finally back
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on 🇷🇺 missile attacks in the Odesa region. As predicted,he said that the "🇷🇺 armed forces don't attack civilian targets in #Ukraine." 19 locals died,including an 11-year-old boy. A residential building and recreation centre were destroyed
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The flag of the European Union in the Verkhovna Rada in #Ukraine
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#Ukraine Another Russian missile attack on a residential building and a recreation center in Odesa. At least 18 people have been killed. Children among the dead and injured. Russian propaganda will claim strategic victory again by targeting civilians and their apartments
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#Belarus It is shocking and heartbreaking.Pensioner Halina Dzierbysh suffers from oncology but she was humiliated during the trial,with her shirt being torn off. The Afghan veteran Uladzimir Hundar with a disability (he lost his leg) was brought to court in pants alone,handcuffed
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Lukashenka confirmed that both the presence of Russian troops as well as missile launches from the territory of Belarus are part of the "agreed policy" of #Belarus & Russia. This must become further evidence that Lukashenka is a war criminal. @UN Security Council could have a say
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#Belarus Lukashenka is trying really hard. He called Sergei Lavrov "the chief diplomat of the world" during a meeting today. Lavrov came to the forum of regions, a Soviet-style event with tractors and Russian flags in Belarus. It only shows deepening dependence on Russia
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The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that Russian soldiers have withdrawn from Snake Island, #Ukraine. They called it a "step of goodwill". Of course,I doubt any goodwill. It might be a symbolic yet important victory for Ukrainians, which is especially necessary for them now
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Young Belarusians in DC are selling lemonade to support #Ukraine. In one day, they collected $180
Today was a hot day in #WashingtonDC, so our young #Belarusian Americans set up a lemonade stand to serve delicious refreshments to the local residents while collecting donations for the humanitarian relief for #Ukraine. $180 was collected and… 8 more weeks of summer break left!
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#Belarus Two days ago in Homiel, local volunteers wanted to organise a holiday for Ukrainian children who fled the war. Police dispersed people who gathered in a park. Today,one of the organisers was detained. One of the children - Alice - had her 9th birthday on June 27
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*FAKE* The actual photo was taken in 2005 in the Mahilou prison. Russian propaganda channels are now spreading it saying that these are Ukrainian war prisoners kept in Donetsk. Russian journalist @ilya_shepelin found the original photo. It is so important to fight fake news
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#Belarus No doubt that our diasporas around the world love their country. But after two years or even longer, how will they be able to teach their children Belarusian culture and language? Dozens of thousands are deprived of that. We are losing time & people because of Lukashenka
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Ukrainian athletes. (c) Nikolay Sinelnikov #Ukraine
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#Russia News from the parallel universe: Ramzan Kadyrov was awarded the Order of merit for dentistry, 1st class. By the way, he is also an honorary professor at three educational institutions. Such a joke
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The road to free #Belarus might not be easy but history is on our side. Our country could have also received a candidacy status but has to fight against Lukashenka. I hope though that free Belarus will win soon and jump on the same train with Ukraine and Moldova to join the EU
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This is the shopping center in Kremenchuk, where a Russian missile hit yesterday
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The KGB added @RFERL journalist Ihar Losik and blogger Siarhei Tsikhanouski to the "terrorist list". They were sentenced to 15 and 18 years, respectively, for their reporting in #Belarus. Both were arrested months before the election & mass protests. They can face death penalty
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As the UN Security Council gathers today to discuss the situation in #Ukraine, the Lukashenka regime’s actions should also be considered. Lukashenka is part of the problems & continues offering the territory of #Belarus for deadly attacks. Put him into the same basket with Putin
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