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Belarusian protest leader and allies cross border into Ukraine, official says

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian opposition politician Maria Kolesnikova waves during a demonstration against police brutality following recent protests to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus August 29, 2020. BelaPAN via Reuters

(Reuters) - Three Belarusian opposition politicians, including protest leader Maria Kolesnikova, who disappeared on Monday, have passed border control at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border, an official of the Belarusian border guard service said.

Masked men detained Kolesnikova in central Minsk on Monday and drove her off in a van, while two of her allies disappeared later, the opposition movement has said.

Writing by Maria Kiselyova