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Ukraine Latest: Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei Dies Suddenly

Commemoration of the Holodomor famine in Kyiv, in 2021.

Commemoration of the Holodomor famine in Kyiv, in 2021.

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Vladimir Makei, Belarus foreign minister since 2012 and a former chief of staff to President Alexander Lukashenko, died suddenly at the age of 64. No cause of death or further details were provided by the foreign ministry.   

European officials pledged renewed support for Ukraine on the 90th anniversary of the Holomodor, the famine orchestrated by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin that killed millions of Ukrainians. Several traveled to Kyiv for a “Grain from Ukraine” meeting, while others offered messages backing Ukraine and pledged funds for grain shipments to needy countries.