Belarus is in Eastern Europe. It has borders with Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Originally part of Kievan Rus, Belarus was part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth until the Polish Partitions in the 18th century.
Vitebsk is the middle of Vitebsk Oblast in Belarus. Typically assigned a founding date of 974, Vitebsk has long been an important cultural and commercial hub for the numerous occupiers in its long history.