Belarus opposition leader detained after resisting forced exile to Ukraine

Belarusian opposition figure snatched off street by unidentified masked men

Belarus crisis: Activist resists authorities’ push to leave country, detained at border

According to officials, Ms Kolesnikova was pushed out of the vehicle as it accelerated towards the border.

Russian Federation will not talk to the self-proclaimed coordination council of the Belarus opposition, as the Belarusian constitutional court has declared this body illegal and unconstitutional, Peskov said.

"It is very important not to damage ties between the two countries", 37-year-old Tikhanovskaya said in the video address. A witness told local media she was snatched from the street and bundled into a minibus in the centre of the capital. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he stands ready to send police to Belarus on Lukashenko's request if rallies turn violent but there is no need for that yet.

Rodnekov has related part of what happened on the border between Belarus and Ukraine. The unification project was never properly implemented and more recently Lukashenko had rejected calls by Moscow for closer economic and political ties as an assault on his country's sovereignty.

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Anti-Kremlin placards could be seen at a huge protest march in Minsk on Sunday.

Confusion surrounded the whereabouts of Belarus' protest leader Maria Kolesnikova on Tuesday (September 8).

Thousands were detained and hundreds were injured by police who dispersed peaceful protesters with rubber bullets, stun grenades and beatings.

The European Union has refused to recognise the results of the vote and warned of sanctions against those involved in the election and violence against protesters.

'The most recent arbitrary arrests of leading opposition voices and acts of repression are unacceptable, ' he said.

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Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya, the main opposition challenger to Lukashenko, left for Lithuania a day after the election under pressure from authorities.

"We weren't preparing a coup, we were trying to prevent a split in our country", Alexievich said.

Ivan Kravtsov, the executive secretary of the Belarusian opposition's Coordination Council, and Anton Rodnenkov, the group's press secretary, gave a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday, where they accused the Belarusian authorities of trying to use them to help expel opposition leader (Maryia Kalesnikava) from the country.

One, Olga Kovalkova, said on Saturday she was in Poland after security services threatened her and took her to the border.

Kolesnikova and other members of the Council including Nobel Literature Prize victor Svetlana Alexievich have faced questioning over an alleged bid to seize power.

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Thousands of people have taken part in five weeks of protests following the August 9 election in which longtime President Alexander Lukashenko was declared the victor, but opposition parties, the United States and European Union allege was rigged.

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