Belarusian protest leader Maria Kolesnikova was detained while trying to enter Ukraine in the early hours of Tuesday morning, a Belarusian border official told Reuters, a day after her allies said she had been grabbed off the street by masked men.
The circumstances of her attempted journey to Ukraine were not immediately clear, with some media reports initially suggesting she had made it across the border, something border guards on both sides later denied.
“Kolesnikova was outside the vehicle. In fact, she was pushed from it and it continued moving towards the Ukrainian side,” the official Belta news agency quoted the border service as saying.
Unidentified masked men detained prominent Belarusian protest leader Maria Kolesnikova in central Minsk and drove her off in a minivan, the Belarusian https://t.co/Vvn9OYS3jA media outlet cited a witness as saying https://t.co/Gj3mmc7fcO pic.twitter.com/ag0LvRLn0L— Reuters (@Reuters) September 7, 2020
Video shows the abduction of opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova this morning in Minsk, presumably by security services. She hasn't been heard from since. https://t.co/rgAwOERfPY— X Soviet (@XSovietNews) September 7, 2020
Maria Kolesnikova: Prominent Belarus opposition leader detained on Ukraine border | World News— Eric Thompson (@isearch247) September 8, 2020
One of Belarus’s most prominent opposition leaders, Maria Kolesnikova, has been detained by state security at the border between Belarus and Ukraine almost 24 hours after she was ... pic.twitter.com/WSwVejISAu
There are detentions on Komarovsky market by some people in black. Today at 6 pm there should have been the march to support Maria Kolesnikova and all the repressed.#StandWithBelarus #Belarus pic.twitter.com/uJgBKasbEQ— Voices from Belarus⚪️🔴⚪️ (@VoicesBelarus) September 8, 2020
Lithuania's Foreign Minister on the kidnapping of Belarus protest leader Maria Kalesnikava (Kolesnikova): https://t.co/XuWh3OZe5p— kriszta satori (@fulelo) September 7, 2020
Belarus opposition 'Coordination Council' says contact has been re-established with Ivan Kravtsov and Anton Rodnenkov. They are in Kiev and are OK. Together with Maria Kolesnikova (reportedly detained at the border, still in Belarus) they were abducted yesterday in Minsk. pic.twitter.com/cSSGsn3QuZ— Hans de Vreij (@hdevreij) September 8, 2020
Maria Kolesnikova: Germany and UK call for release of snatched Belarus opposition figure https://t.co/t8zFj3qsLc— The Guardian (@guardian) September 8, 2020
Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova is bundled into a minibus by masked men https://t.co/MOdUhgRl5l— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) September 7, 2020