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    Prospects for a UN Peacekeeping Mission to Donbas
    Oct07

    Prospects for a UN Peacekeeping Mission to Donbas

    During the September United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Russia and Ukraine each presented proposals for the deployment of a peacekeeping mission to Donbas. However, the differences between the two countries reduce the probability of reaching agreement on that issue. From Ukraine’s perspective, the mission should be deployed in all...

    The Importance of the Zapad 2017 Exercises
    Sep21

    The Importance of the Zapad 2017 Exercises

    The Zapad 2017 Russian military exercises were just one element of an extensive plan to checking its armed forces’ combat readiness. At the same time, the exercises were used to test the experience gained by the Russian army in combat operations in Ukraine and Syria, and to practise full-scale conventional conflict. The manoeuvres proved...

    China’s Perspective on Its Strategic Partnership with Russia
    Jun22

    China’s Perspective on Its Strategic Partnership with Russia

    China has used the deterioration of Russia’s relations with the EU and U.S. to strengthen its position within a strategic partnership with the Russian Federation. The PRC’s goals are to counterbalance the U.S., secure its own economic interests in the post-Soviet area, increase border security and obtain Russian support for Chinese...

    The Significance of High Readiness Forces  for NATO Credibility
    May25

    The Significance of High Readiness Forces for NATO Credibility

    Even though the U.S. has in the last decade reduced the number of its troops in Europe from 98,000 to about 70,000, NATO’s ability to deter Russia and to perform expeditionary missions is largely based on American military resources. After the withdrawal of the last armoured brigade from Europe in 2013, just two U.S. Army brigades (airborne...

    Baltic States Adjust Their Security Policy
    May10

    Baltic States Adjust Their Security Policy

    Faced with uncertainty about U.S. policy in NATO and U.S.-Russia relations, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have attempted to adapt their security policy to these circumstances. Mainly, this has involved a gradual increase in defence spending and an intensification of activity among the Baltic States after Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The...

    Donbas Trade Blockade Poses a Challenge to Ukrainian Authorities
    Apr21

    Donbas Trade Blockade Poses a Challenge to Ukrainian Authorities

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s ad-hoc decision to authorise the trade blockade of Russia-occupied parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions was taken to diminish the risk of political instability in the country. However, the blockade will not solve the problem of the lack of a coherent state policy towards that area and poses a...

    The Prospects of Freezing the Conflict in Donbas
    Mar06

    The Prospects of Freezing the Conflict in Donbas

    The almost three-year-long war in eastern Ukraine (Donbas) could become another frozen conflict in the post-Soviet area. The reasons for this are the lack of agreement between Ukraine and Russia on the future of the region and Moscow’s support for the Donbas administration by, for example, giving military support and recognising the civil...

    Consequences of the Deterioration of the Situation in Donbas
    Feb10

    Consequences of the Deterioration of the Situation in Donbas

    The recent exacerbation of hostilities in Ukraine’s Donbas is a reaction by Russia-backed “separatists” to actions taken by the Ukraine Armed Forces (UAF), who since December 2016 have been gradually restoring control over territory along the Minsk-agreed separation line. Russia accuses Ukraine of breaching the Minsk agreement and blames...

    Problems with Corruption in Ukraine
    Jan16

    Problems with Corruption in Ukraine

    Under pressure from civil society and international institutions, the Ukrainian authorities have taken steps to reduce corruption. Although these measures have brought initial positive results, corruption remains one of the biggest problems facing the country as any changes meet with resistance from part of the Ukrainian political elite afraid of...

    Ukraine’s Reaction to Donald Trump’s Election as U.S. President
    Nov29

    Ukraine’s Reaction to Donald Trump’s Election as U.S. President

    Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president has caused anxiety among Ukraine’s authorities, who expected victory for Hillary Clinton and are concerned about her opponent’s declarations regarding possible rapprochement between Washington, D.C. and Moscow. Still, President Petro Poroshenko and his associates will seek to establish...

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