Matthias Williams

Ukraine fights rearguard action against Nord Stream 2 after U.S. and Germany unveil deal

Jul 21 2021

KYIV Ukraine has started official consultations with the European Union and Germany about Nord Stream 2, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Wednesday, ratcheting up Kyiv's opposition to the pipeline which it says is a threat to Europe's security.

Belarusian prisoner tries to cut own throat in court hearing

Jun 01 2021

A Belarusian prisoner detained in a crackdown on protests tried to cut his own throat during a court hearing on Tuesday after being told his family and neighbours faced prosecution if he did not plead guilty, media, activists and a witness said.

Airlines re-route to avoid Belarus, opposition says journalist beaten

May 26 2021

(Corrects name of woman detained to Sapega instead of Sagega, paragraphs 17,20 and 22) | Video

Death threats and arrests: Belarus opposition media struggles at home and abroad

May 25 2021

WARSAW In an elegant apartment building in central Warsaw flying a red and white flag from its first floor balcony, a symbol of the Belarusian opposition, remnants of the anti-government media in Belarus are shrugging off a new wave of death threats.

Druck auf Belarus wächst - Auch UN fordern Freilassung von Protasewitsch

May 25 2021

Brüssel/Washington/Kiew Nach der erzwungenen Landung eines Ryanair-Flugs in Belarus und der Festnahme eines Oppositionellen wächst der Druck auf Präsident Alexander Lukaschenko.

EU friert Milliarden-Investitionen in Belarus ein - "Sehr deutliche Antwort"

May 25 2021

- von Sabine Siebold und Gabriela Baczynska und Matthias Williams

Belarus faces new sanctions over jetliner 'state piracy,' arrest of journalist

May 24 2021

BRUSSELS/KYIV (Reuters) -Western powers prepared to pile sanctions on Belarus and cut off its aviation links on Monday, furious after it scrambled a warplane to intercept a Ryanair aircraft and arrest a dissident journalist, an act one official denounced as 'state piracy'. | Video

U.S. supports Ukraine against 'reckless' Russian moves - Blinken

May 06 2021

KYIV U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday Washington could increase security assistance for Ukraine after what he called Russia's "reckless and aggressive" actions in massing troops near the Ukrainian border. | Video

Ukraine to pass laws needed for new IMF loans by June 1, ruling party leader says

Apr 28 2021

KYIV The Ukrainian parliament is on track to pass legislation by June 1 to unlock loans from the International Monetary Fund under a $5 billion programme, the parliamentary faction chief of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party told Reuters on Wednesday.

Russia orders troops back to base after buildup near Ukraine

Apr 23 2021

MOSCOW/KYIV (Reuters) -Russia announced on Thursday it was ordering troops back to base from the area near the border with Ukraine, apparently calling an end to a buildup of tens of thousands of soldiers that had alarmed the West. | Video

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France's Macron changes phone in light of Pegasus case

PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron has changed his mobile phone and phone number in light of the Pegasus spyware case, a presidency official said on Thursday, in one of the first concrete actions announced in relation to the scandal.