Nine Ukrainians detained during protests in Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Besides, the Belarusian law enforcers beat Ukrainian photojournalist
12:11, 12 August 2020

Belarus protests
Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

During the protests in Belarus, nine citizens of Ukraine were detained. Besides, a Ukrainian journalist from the Associated Press agency was beaten, as Suspilne reported.

The Embassy of Ukraine received information about the detention of nine citizens of Ukraine in Vitebsk, supposedly due to the administrative offenses. However, the Ukrainians were released the next day.

Moreover, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine received information about the beating of photojournalists from the Associated Press agency. On the night of August 10, the Belarusian law enforcers beat Ukrainian Mstyslav Chernov during the dispersal of the protest.

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There is no more information about other incidents with the citizens of Ukraine and Belarus. The Embassy continues to check and monitors the situation and it will inform in case of new information.

On August 9, the clashes of the protesters with the law enforcers started in Minsk. The latter used stun grenades and water cannons against the protesters. Besides, according to the witnesses, about 11:10 p.m., the prison track ran into a group of people standing at the carriageways. Later, it was reported that a man died during the protests. A young man received a fatal head injury. According to the Belarusian Interior Ministry, no deceased observed during the protests.

Besides Minsk, the protests took place in eight cities of Belarus – Lida, Baranovichi, Brest, Grodno, Zhodino, Zhlobino, Pinsk, Kobrin.

Related: EU claims elections in Belarus "neither free nor fair"

On August 10, protests against the results of the presidential elections were resumed in the Republic of Belarus, a flash-noise grenade exploded in the center of Minsk; journalists talked about three volleys at the intersection of Kalvariyskaya Street and Masherov Avenue.

Over 2,000 people were detained; about 200 people were hospitalized and one person died. Over 20 criminal proceedings were opened.

The presidential elections took place in Belarus the same day. The country's Central Election Committee (CEC) released the preliminary results, with Lukashenko collecting 80.23 percent of all votes, and his main rival Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya scored almost 10. The latter's electoral campaign claimed they did not recognize the results released by the CEC of Belarus.

Related: Nauseda urges to convene European Council session on situation in Belarus

Meanwhile, foreign polling stations reported that Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya won. According to unofficial results, Tsikhanouskaya won presidential elections in Belarus. 


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