Tag: Ukraine

Putin: EU sanctions are ‘theater of the absurd’

The EU’s sanctions on Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis are “absurd,” President Vladimir Putin said in a German newspaper interview, in which he blamed the eastward expansion of NATO for replacing the Berlin Wall with “invisible walls” between Russia and Europe.   “What the European Union is doing with those sanctions is nothing […]

Putin admits Russian military presence in Ukraine for first time

Vladimir Putin has for the first time admitted the presence of Russian military specialists in east Ukraine.   Russia has repeatedly denied a military presence in the conflict, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. But the Russian president conceded there were military intelligence officers operating in the country in a marathon press conference on Thursday. […]

NATO Military Buildup on Russia’s Doorstep: Bracing for War?

The 28-nation North Atlantic Alliance is actively facilitating the entry of the former Yugoslav republics, Georgia and Ukraine and is drawing Finland, Sweden and Moldavia into its orbit. It has also set up a cybersecurity center in Estonia and a strategic propaganda center in Latvia. In the latest such move, NATO military command redeployed around 70 US tanks to Romania. This is […]

Russia’s Gazprom Cuts Off Gas Supplies to Ukraine

Russia’s state-controlled gas company is halting supplies to Ukraine, its chief executive said Wednesday, less than two months after the two countries struck an EU-sponsored deal.   Gazprom’s CEO Alexei Miller said Russia sent the last shipment to Ukraine at 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday and send no more because Ukraine has not paid […]

Carter sees Russia, China as potential threats to global order

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Saturday slammed Russia, saying it is endangering the world order through its incursions in Ukraine and loose talk about nuclear weapons, and said the U.S. defense establishment is searching for ways to deter Russian aggression to protect U.S. allies.   Carter, speaking to the Reagan National Defense Forum in […]

Russian Military Uses Syria as Proving Ground, and West Takes Notice

Taken together, the operations reflect what officials and analysts described as a little-noticed — and still incomplete — modernization that has been underway in Russia for several years, despite strains on the country’s budget. And that, as with Russia’s intervention in neighboring Ukraine, has raised alarms in the West.   In a report this month […]

Is Barack Obama Actually TRYING To Start World War III?

Why has Barack Obama airdropped 50 tons of ammunition into areas that “moderate rebels” in Syria supposedly control?  This is essentially the equivalent of poking the Russians directly in the eyes.  Much of this ammunition will end up in the hands of those that the Russians are attempting to bomb into oblivion, and so to […]

Amid NATO Tension, Russian Army Held 79 Drills In August

Such large-scale military drills have become more common as tensions between Russia and NATO have increased after the country’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and its purported involvement in the conflict in Ukraine between pro-Russia separatists and the Ukrainian government that has killed at least 6,400 people.   Russia recently finished exercises with China that […]

The war in Ukraine’s east has come back to Kiev

IGOR DEBRIN, a 24-year-old conscript in Ukraine’s national guard, had a seemingly safe posting in Kiev, far from the country’s embattled eastern regions. On Monday, he was sent to keep watch outside Ukraine’s parliament, where a controversial vote to change the country’s constitution brought raucous protestors to the streets (pictured). By day’s end, parliament had […]

EU says escalation in eastern Ukraine violates Minsk peace deal

The EU’s diplomatic arm condemned an arson attack Sunday on armored vehicles belonging to OSCE truce monitors as well as the fact that the monitors have been caught in the crossfire in Shchastya and Shyrokyne.   These incidents “put in danger the crucial role that the SMM (Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE) plays in […]