The Board of Studies of kyiv National University named after Taras Shevchenko deprived Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko of the Doctor Honoris Causa. The respective decision was made on June 7, BBC News Ukraine reports.
The Belarusian leader received the title during the presidency of Viktor Yushchenko, the third Ukrainian president.
This is the first time that Kyiv National University made the respective decision; there are more than 80 people holding this title in this particular university.
A source told BBC News Ukraine that the voting took place in secret mode.
Since the decision is unprecedented, the Board of Studies made amendments to the order of granting this title.
The United States, Britain and the European Union should act jointly to put more pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his government, opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya told Reuters.
Tsikhanouskaya made the comments during a visit to Warsaw, Poland ahead of a summit of the G7 rich countries in Britain next week, at which she hopes issues raised by the Belarusian opposition will be addressed. Belarus has shot up the international agenda since it forced down a Ryanair flight over its air space and arrested an opposition journalist last month.
"Pressure is more powerful when these countries are acting jointly and we are calling on the UK, the USA, the European Union and Ukraine. They have to act jointly so their voice will be more loud," Tsikhanouskaya said.