Security footage shows leading opposition activist in Belarus, Maria Kolesnikova, being held at the border, Tuesday, September 8, after she resisted an attempt by authorities to force her to leave the country.
READ MORE: Belarus border officials say Maria Kolesnikova, a leading member of Belarus’ opposition, was detained early Tuesday while trying to cross into neighboring Ukraine.
The officials said Kolesnikova was traveling with two other opposition movement members, Anton Rodnenkov and Ivan Kravtsov, who both successfully entered Ukraine.
The circumstances of how the group ended up at the border was not immediately clear.
Deputy Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that what happened Tuesday was not a voluntary departure, but rather what he called a forced expulsion.