Demonstrators arrested in Minsk protest against president’s disputed reelection | AFP

Demonstrators are arrested and journalists briefly detained “for document checking” at an anti-Lukashenko demonstration on Independence Square. Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier vowed military support for close ally and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, while urging a peaceful resolution to the unrest and protests that erupted after the disputed August 9 vote.

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Demonstrators arrested in Minsk protest against president’s disputed reelection | AFP

Around twenty people demonstrating against the disputed reelection of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko are arrested during a protest attended by roughly 1,000 people on Minsk’s Independence Square, which has been the scene of unprecedented anti-government demonstrations in recent weeks. Since the August 9 election, mass demonstrations have pushed back against Lukashenko’s claim to have won 80 percent of the vote and yet another term as president after 26 years in power. Last Sunday 23 August 2020 saw a crowd of more than 100,000 hit Minsk streets for the second Sunday in a row.

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Belarus: ‘Za Batku’, pro-Lukashenko demonstrators gather in Minsk | AFP

Several hundred pro-government supporters gather close to Komarovsky Market in Minsk chanting “Belarus without Tilhanovskaya” and ‘Za Batku’ (EN: “For Daddy”) in support of President Alexander Lukashenko. The demonstration takes place during the seventeenth consecutive opposition rally on Independence Square. Demonstrators have daily flooded the streets of the former Soviet country demanding the resignation of authoritarian leader Lukashenko since he claimed a sixth term in disputed elections on August 9.

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Belarusian protesters head to Independence Square to call for Lukashenko’s resignation | AFP

Thousands of demonstrators carring the red-and-white flag of the opposition head to the Independence Square in central Minsk after the opposition called for a massive demonstration against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko’s claim to a sixth presidential term.

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Street in Mali capital after coup | AFP

Morning traffic on Independence Square, a site of opposition protests in the Malian capital of Bamako, after a military coup which overthrew embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

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Belarus: protests continue in Minsk over disputed vote | AFP

Thousands of demonstrators gather on Independence Square in central Minsk, Belarus, waving the red-and-white flags of the opposition and calling on President Alexander Lukashenko to resign, the latest in a wave of protests after he claimed a sixth term in August 9 ballot.

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Malian anti-government protesters cheer on the military at Independence Square | AFP

Malians line the streets around Bamako’s Independence Square to cheer on the military, as unrest sweeps through the capital. Witnesses earlier reported hearing gunfire at a key military base near the capital, sparking fears of a mutiny. Mali has been gripped for months by political crisis, as a protest movement galvanised by a disputed election insists that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resign.

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Belarusians demonstrate in Minsk as anger mounts over vote | AFP

Demonstrators gather on Independence Square in Minsk at the call of the Belarusian opposition for a general strike after the contested election of Alexander Lukashenko.

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Hundreds of pro-government demonstrators gather in Minsk | AFP

Several hundred pro-government supporters are gathered on Independence Square in Belarus’ capital Minsk. COMPLETES VIDI1WJ5OL_EN

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Pro-government protesters gather in Minsk | AFP

Pro-government protesters gather in Independence Square in Minsk as opposition protesters hopes to bring thousands to the streets of the capital for a “March for Freedom”.

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Belarusians rally against police violence in Minsk | AFP

In Belarus, people gather at Independence Square in the capital Minsk to rally against police violence. Police have used rubber bullets, stun grenades and, in at least one case, live rounds to disperse crowds, with hundreds injured in demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election.

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US Envoy to Ukraine Caught Posting Fake Images on Twitter

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US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has been caught posting unverified images on his Twitter feed Monday, as he was showing off the ongoing US-Kiev military exercises in Ukraine.

Ambassador Pyatt first uploaded a picture of US and Ukrainian troops, which he said was taken in the morning at the military exercises in western Ukraine. Internet users quickly pointed out that the photo had already been published as early as July 31.

The ambassador then posted a picture of a German tank allegedly taking part in the drills. His tweet said that the Leopard 2 tank is taking part in Rapid Trident exercises near Lvov.

However, Twitter users found out that the posted image was actually taken from a YouTube video uploaded nearly one year ago – in October 2013.

UK journalist and RT contributor Graham Phillips called Pyatt out on Twitter, calling the ambassador a “liar” for posting old photographs.

This is not the first time ambassador Pyatt has been caught in a controversy over Ukraine’s internal affairs.

Earlier this year, a leaked conversation between Pyatt and US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Victoria Nuland revealed the two of them discussing Ukrainian opposition leaders’ roles in the country’s future government.

“F**k the EU,” Nuland allegedly said in the phone call with Pyatt, which was taped and posted on YouTube in February.

The four-minute video – titled ‘Maidan puppets,’ referring to Independence Square in Ukraine’s capital – was uploaded by an anonymous user. The origin of the recording has remained unclear.

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Euromaidan Activists Attacked and Arrested in Kiev: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 67)

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In our latest dispatch from Ukraine, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky arrives at a scene in Kiev where a group of Euromaidan activists are being detained by a group of men from the Kiev 1 Battalion — a volunteer policing unit made up largely of former Euromaidan activists. The activists have held their camp at Kiev’s Independence Square since this past winter, and were apparently also occupying a restaurant near the square — until the Kiev 1 Battalion was called upon to remove them. Amid differing versions of the story, it becomes clear that a twist in the Ukraine conflict is emerging, as players in the revolution are showing signs of turning against each other.

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Protesters Break Into Kiev’s Parliament: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 20)

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As Crimea becomes part of Russia, tensions continue to rise in Ukraine and demonstrators attempt to break into parliament in Kiev. VICE News’ Simon Ostrovsky joins the protesters in Independence Square as they fight for a change in their government.

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