Activists hold picket outside Poroshenko administration ahead of Lukashenko visit

19:10, 20 July 2017
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As Belarus leader Lukashenko is set to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tomorrow July 20, a rally was held by Belarusian community and Belarus-born volunteers outside the presidential administration in Kyiv, RFL/RL's Belarusian service.

Activists were seen holding white-red-white [Belarusian national] and Ukrainian banners, according to Radio Svoboda.

Participants of the picket also hold posters with portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with a caption "Two boots of a Couple," as well as portraits of a Belarusian volunteer, Taras Avatarov, who has been sentenced in Belarus to a five-year prison term, in a case opposition deems politically motivated. Taras's mother, Lyudmila Pospekh, was also attending the picket.

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