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    OSCE reports 300% increase in use of banned weapon in Donbas last week
    Dec23

    OSCE reports 300% increase in use of banned weapon in Donbas last week

    Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug has reported about a 300% spike in the use of weapons banned under the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas. ”Last week the use of Minsk-proscribed weapons increased by approximately 300%,” he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday. He also reported...

    Russian troops attacked Ukraine 24 times in last day: 2 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 11 wounded
    Dec23

    Russian troops attacked Ukraine 24 times in last day: 2 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 11 wounded

    Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 24 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. View map in full size In the Mariupol sector, the enemy fired 122mm artillery systems on the village of Novohryhorivka, as well as mortars on the...

    Russia plans to boost military presence at Ukraine borders – Russian Ministry of Defense
    Dec22

    Russia plans to boost military presence at Ukraine borders – Russian Ministry of Defense

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has announced that Russia will take measures to strengthen its military grouping at the borders of Ukraine, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia. ”In 2017, the Ministry of Defense will have to deal with a number of priorities. First of all, to continue strengthening combat capabilities of the armed...

    After assassination of the Russian ambassador, Turkey and Russia are only getting closer
    Dec22

    After assassination of the Russian ambassador, Turkey and Russia are only getting closer

    The assassination of Russia`s ambassador to Turkey on Monday might have been expected to derail a fragile detente between the regimes of Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Instead, it has served to underline a budding alliance that could have the effect of excluding the United States from the endgame of Syria`s civil war and critically...

    U.S. drones used by Ukraine army at Donbas was ineffective against Russian jamming and hacking
    Dec22

    U.S. drones used by Ukraine army at Donbas was ineffective against Russian jamming and hacking

    Millions of dollars` worth of U.S.-supplied drones that Kiev had hoped would help in its war against Russian-backed separatists have proven ineffective against jamming and hacking, Ukrainian officials say, according to Reuters. The 72 Raven RQ-11B Analog mini-drones were so disappointing following their arrival this summer that Natan Chazin, an...

    Ukrainian troops take new positions after counter-attack during battles near Svitlodarsk
    Dec22

    Ukrainian troops take new positions after counter-attack during battles near Svitlodarsk

    Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has announced that during recent battles near the town of Svitlodarsk the Armed Forces of Ukraine counter-attacked enemy troops, moved forward and took new positions. The new positions ”have become an additional advantage over the enemy in that defense sector,”...

    Bellingcat presents interactive data map of Russia artillery attacs on Ukraine
    Dec21

    Bellingcat presents interactive data map of Russia artillery attacs on Ukraine

    Bellingcat, an international OSINT community, has presented an interactive data map of Russian artillery attacs on Ukraine in summer 2014. Bellingcat experts have used available satellite images and open sources to analyze hundreds of impact craters left after Russian artillery strikes in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, and spotted hundreds of firing...

    Why Moscow seeks more security cooperation with Eurasian neighbors – Stratfor
    Dec21

    Why Moscow seeks more security cooperation with Eurasian neighbors – Stratfor

    Stratfor, the U.S.-based geopolitical intelligence and consulting firm, notes that Moscow`s military and diplomatic standoffs with the West continue, therefore Russia is renewing its efforts to boost security cooperation with its Eurasian neighbors. ”Moscow seeks opportunities to increase its presence throughout the region,” Stratfor said in the...

    Trump administration`s top ”defense priorities” does not include any mention of Russia – Pentagon
    Dec21

    Trump administration`s top ”defense priorities” does not include any mention of Russia – Pentagon

    A Pentagon memo outlining the incoming Trump administration`s top ”defense priorities” does not include any mention of Russia, which has been identified by senior military officials as the No. 1 threat to the United States, according to Foreign Policy. ”People there [in Pentagon] now would be pretty concerned to see Russia not on the list,” said...

    How ExxonMobil helped defeat Russia sanctions bill
    Dec21

    How ExxonMobil helped defeat Russia sanctions bill

    ExxonMobil successfully lobbied against a bill that would have made it harder for the next president to lift sanctions against Russia, clearing the way for the oil giant to restart a program worth billions of dollars if Donald Trump eases those restrictions as president, according to POLITICO. The company`s effort could be helped by outgoing CEO...

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