Belarus ⪢⪢
The United Nations human rights office calls Belarus's seizure of a passenger jet to arrest an opposition reporter an "abuse of state power."
○○○ Ukraine ⪢⪢
The country borders three former soviet states; Russia, Belarus, Moldova and four countries in the European Union; Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.
○○○ USSR ⪢⪢
Ukraine shares borders with Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova, all countries that used to have close ties to the former USSR. → Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
○○○ amass ⪢⪢
And immediately prior to this declaration, the Russian army had amassed around 200,000 soldiers along with their tanks, artillery, equipment and field hospitals across their border and many others inside of Belarus along their border with Ukraine.
○○○ For centuries before this event ⪢⪢
whether as part of the Soviet Union or the Russian Empire, the modern countries we know of today as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and others had all been a part of the same country and the people had largely moved between all of them across generations.
○○○ 2022.02.28 ⪢⪢
Talks between Ukrainian and Russian delegates begin near Ukraine's border with Belarus but the possibility of a ceasefire agreement remains unclear. → delegate
○○○ passage ⪢⪢
Russia announces a limited ceasefire and safe pathways for civilians to leave. But Ukraine says the passages only lead to Russia and Belarus. 2022-03-07
○○○ cooperate ⪢⪢
And Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia and Belarus will continue cooperating under new conditions caused by international sanctions. 2022-04-12
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