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Belarusian authorities have detained a number of Ukrainian, Polish and Baltic nationals amid ongoing tensions between the countries.
According to reports, the individuals were detained by Belarusian security forces at a number of locations in the country over the weekend.
The detentions come as tensions between Belarus and its neighbours have been mounting in recent weeks. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accused Ukrainian forces of planning to launch a military incursion into the country last week, a claim which Ukraine has denied.
The detentions are seen as a sign of Belarus’s growing paranoia towards its neighbours and its determination to prevent any foreign interference in the country.
The detained individuals have not been named, but it is believed that they are all connected to pro-democracy groups in the region.
The detentions have been condemned by the United States, the European Union, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The detentions come at a time when Belarus is facing increasing international criticism over its human rights record and its handling of the recent presidential election.
It is unclear whether the individuals will be released or face any charges. However, it is likely that their detention will be used as a warning to other pro-democracy activists in the region.