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Belarus Grants Refugee Status to Ex-Ukraine Official Sought by Kyiv

Belarus has granted refugee status to the former defense minister of Ukraine accused of embezzling $2 million of state funds. Mykhailo Yezhel told journalists in the Belarusian capital on Wednesday that he and his family are living in Minsk. Yezhel served as defense minister from 2010-2012 under pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. He was appointed ambassador to Belarus in 2013. After Yanukovych was ousted from office by a popular uprising in 2014, Ukrainian officials charged...

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