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US Renews Sanctions Against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko Over Ukraine Invasion

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The Treasury Department renewed sanctions against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday and expanded them to include members of his family over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Officials also targeted several senior Russian defense officials in the latest wave of American economic penalties.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the moves were prompted by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “premeditated, unjustified and unprovoked war against Ukraine.”

He also blasted Lukashenko’s “support and facilitation of the Russian Federation’s invasion.”

“The United States, with support from allies and partners, is taking action to promote accountability for the Russian and Belarusian governments’ human rights abuses and violations within and outside their borders,” Blinken said in a statement.

Belarus, a former Soviet republic and staunch ally of Moscow, allowed Russia to deploy combat forces along its border with Ukraine ahead of the Feb. 24 invasion.

The Treasury Department renewed sanctions against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on March 15, 2022.Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

Last week, Lukashenko ordered the Belarussian military to prevent any potential attempt by Ukraine or its Western allies to cut off Russian supply lines and “strike at Russians from the rear.”

Get the latest updates in the Russia-Ukraine conflict with The Post’s live coverage.

Tuesday’s sanctions freeze Lukashenko’s assets, block any transactions with American entities and bar him from the US. They also apply to his estranged wife, Galina, and his three sons, two of whom are adults.

Lukashenko was initially sanctioned by the US in 2006.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been supported by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.ZUMAPRESS.comRussia continued its invasion of Ukraine on March 15, 2022.

The Russians targeted Tuesday include Viktor Zolotov, director of the National Guard, which Blinken said “has cracked down on Russian citizens who have taken to the streets to protest their government’s brutal campaign in Ukraine.”

Two members of Russia’s infamous Federal Security Service, known as the FSB, were also sanctioned for their involvement in torture, while six others were hit with penalties for attacks on dissidents from Chechnya living in Europe, the State Department said.

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Fire Under Control Near Fountain Creek Park

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Update 11:12 a.m.

Firefighters put out a wildland fire early Thursday in the Fountain area, officials said.

The blaze was reported about 3:45 a.m. on the east side of Fountain Creek and south of Duckwood Park, Fountain police said in news release. Crews from fire departments in Security, Stratmoor Hills, Fort Carson and Hanover responded to heavy smoke and flames.

The fire was about a mile west of Colorado 85.

“The mild weather conditions this morning made it easier for fire crews to get this fire under control quickly,” police said.

The fire burned less than an acre before it was fully contained, officials said. As of Thursday morning, officials said the area is being monitored and might take several hours before the scene is cleared.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but officials said a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon might have ignited it.

Update 11 a.m.: The fire is 100% contained and burned less than one acre. No structures were threatened and no reported injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, officials think it possibly started from a lightning strike due to later afternoon storms on Wednesday.

Fountain fire department battled a wildland fire near Fountain Creek Regional Park Thursday morning, Fountain police said.

The fire ignited around 3:30 a.m. between Hwy 85 and Comanche Village Drive and crews managed to get the fire under control, police said.

Containment was 50% as of 7 a.m. but police did not give any estimates of the fire’s size.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, police said.


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911 Lines Down in Fremont and Custer Counties, Officials Say

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Fremont and Custer counties have been without 911 services since Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

According to the Fremont County Emergency Management, the lines have been down since 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. The public is asked to not call 911 “to test or check your phone.”

Calls will be be routed to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, officials said. From there, they will be transferred back to Fremont County dispatchers.

This is a developing story. Check with gazette.com for updates.


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Alaska Rep. Don Young to Lie in State at US Capitol

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Rep. Don Young, the longest-serving Republican in U.S. House history, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on March 29.Read More

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