Face-to-face talks aimed at finding a way to end Ukraine's brutal five-month war began Friday in the Belarussian capital of Minsk, trying to build on a ragged ceasefire that was agreed in the same city two weeks ago.
Warring parties in Ukraine meet on Friday to try to find a lasting solution to a brutal conflict that has killed around 3,000 people and stoked Western alarm about Russia's territorial ambitions.
Talks aimed at negotiating a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine opened in Minsk on Friday, in the latest push to halt nearly five months of fighting between separatists and Kiev authorities, a Belarussian official told AFP.
Talks between the leaders of Russia and Ukraine apparently failed to make a major breakthrough towards ending brutal fighting in east Ukraine Wednesday as strongman Vladimir Putin played down the entry by his troops into the former Soviet state.
The presidents of Russia and Ukraine on Tuesday sat down to crunch one-on-one talks over heavy fighting in east Ukraine as the Kremlin admitted for the first time its troops had entered its neighbour's territory.
The European Union and the United States have welcomed the unexpected release of prominent Belarus rights activist Ales Belyatsky, while urging the government to free other political prisoners as well.
The new government of President Petro Poroshenko has proposed the creation of safety corridors that would allow eastern Ukrainian people to vote with their feet, creating the biggest exodus in eastern Europe since World War 2.
Hockey Canada named Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett as the coach of Team Canada for the 2014 IIHF World Hockey championships to take place in Minsk, Belarus on May 9-25. They made the announcement on Wednesday.
A former adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West is failing to understand Putin’s world view and that the ambitions of Russia’s head of state extend far beyond Crimea.
Since July 2013, Belarus and China have started building a comprehensive strategic partnership, by signing multiple key agreements, which would lead to an anticipated 150 mutually beneficial investment projects until 2020.
The new owners of the large Russian potash producer Uralkali are poised to resume cooperation as a cartel again with its former partner Belaruskali in Belarus. The cartel before its breakup controlled about 40 per cent of global potash exports.
After the breakup of a potash cartel formed from Russian and Belarusian potash producers, Belarus arrested the CEO of the huge Russian potash producer Uralkali. Now they have detained a major shareholder of the company.