Events in Belarus - a view from Ukraine

The Ukrainian press writes about the development of national identity in Belarus and notes the steps of the official Minsk aimed at persecuting the opposition

Popular protests, which have not abated in Belarus since August 9, arouse close attention in Ukraine.
The press calls them “European accents” – a dramatic and exciting process of national development. This is stated in an analytical article on the pages of the Ukrainian National News Agency “Ukrinform”.
“All these factors are convincing evidence – the Belarusian protest quickly crossed the border of the regional political drama and turned into an element of geopolitics – with all the potential and real risks that this always burning status carries with it,” writes Dmitry Shkurko in the article “Belarus: European Accents”.
He notes that, obviously, each people will have to go their own way to real independence..
“There is no need to convince anyone of this in Ukraine. Belarus is still waiting for the stage of depriving certain illusions about “fraternal” Russia. But it is obvious that freedom as such never falls directly from the sky, “the author notes..
The Korrespondent.net edition monitors the situation at the protests in Belarus and publishes the article “Transition to a political channel. Protests in Belarus “.
It notes that “for a long time, the protesters were reproached for the lack of intelligible political leaders who could negotiate with the authorities.”.

Events in Belarus - a view from Ukraine

“Now the opposition has created a Coordinating Council, but the authorities refuse to negotiate with it, but on the contrary are initiating criminal cases against the oppositionists,” writes Korrespondent.net.
The Ukrainian service “Radio Liberty” online updates a selection of events in Belarus, taking place in real time.
“The Czech Republic is preparing a specific program of assistance to Belarus,” Radio Svoboda quotes Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petrsicek as saying that he is working on a program of concrete measures to help the citizens of Belarus who have suffered during anti-government protests..
The news feed reports that the prosecutor’s office of Belarus has opened a criminal case on the creation of the Coordination Council of the opposition.
“On August 20, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus announced the initiation of a criminal case under the article on the seizure of power through the creation of an opposition coordinating council,” the Ukrainian service of Radio Liberty notes..
As a reminder, on August 9, Belarus held presidential elections, which neither the opposition nor the international community recognized as free and fair..

Events in Belarus - a view from Ukraine

According to the official data of the Central Election Commission of Belarus, the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko was supported by 80.1% of voters, his main rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – 10.1%.
Since the closing of polling stations on August 9, waves of protests have swept across the country, the Belarusian Interior Ministry has reported more than 7,000 detainees, and three people have died during the suppression of the protests.

Events in Belarus - a view from Ukraine

Maximum attention to Belarus
Aleksey Goncharenko, People’s Deputy of the European Solidarity faction, chairman of the inter-factional deputy association “For Democratic Belarus”, notes that the authorities in the neighboring country continue to live in a parallel reality.
At the same time, the people’s deputy believes that the opposition does not behave aggressively, does not actively demand the release of hundreds of illegally detained, does not block government institutions, the KGB, the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
“At the same time, the authorities are waiting for the protest to fizzle out. The opposition needs to take a more active position, “Goncharenko told the Voice of America Russian Service..
The People’s Deputy noted that Ukraine is the only neighboring country of Belarus that did not express an unambiguous position on the issue of falsification of the results.
“Next week, an extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada is planned at the request of the president, the rules of procedure have been formed, but there is no question about the situation in Belarus. Although last week I submitted a draft resolution to parliament on the situation in Belarus, ”says Goncharenko.
As a member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, he considers it necessary to consider the “Belarusian issue” at the next plenary session, scheduled for October.

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Simple support solutions for Belarus
The leader of the “Together” movement, Belarusian dissident Vyacheslav Siuchyk notes that after a week and a half from the day of voting, “mass popular protests continue in his homeland, despite the powerful opposition from the regime of Alexander Lukashenko.”.
He points to the friendly position of ordinary Ukrainians, as well as some politicians and heads of local administrations who express support for the Belarusian people..
“There have been numerous pickets and actions in support of Belarusians in Ukraine. An action was held in ten Ukrainian cities, where the city halls decorated their buildings and flagpoles with our national flag. There is solidarity between Ukraine and Belarus, but I call for the Ukrainian political elite to concentrate and there was an official decision and assessment – what is happening in Belarus? ” – says Vyacheslav Siuchyk to the correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America”.
In the European Union, according to him, there is no unambiguous understanding of the situation in Belarus, despite calls not to recognize the elections, to declare sanctions against the government of Alexander Lukashenko.
“We hear the voices of some politicians from the European Union that Belarus is not Europe. But we are Europeans, and today it is hard for Belarusians, there are repressions, people are being caught in factories, special services are working, the authorities want to crush the Belarusian protest, “Siuchyk emphasizes..
Belarusian dissident says there are simple solutions to support protests.
“Polish radio on short waves launched a Belarusian program, and in Ukraine it is also possible to take some informational steps that would show that Ukraine and Belarus are brotherly countries,” he says..

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