Section: War & conflict

      OSCE SMM concerned over threat of eco-disaster as Donetsk water filtration station halts operations
      Feb26

      OSCE SMM concerned over threat of eco-disaster as Donetsk water filtration station halts operations

      Chief of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan has expressed concern over a threat of environmental disaster in Donbas amid ceased operations of the Donetsk water filtration station, according to the SMM press service. The implications of a strike on the filtration station ”go beyond the immediate...

      Russian troops attacked Ukrainian positions 92 times in Donbas in the past 24 hours, 16 Ukrainian servicemen wounded
      Feb25

      Russian troops attacked Ukrainian positions 92 times in Donbas in the past 24 hours, 16 Ukrainian servicemen wounded

      Russian troops continue attack Ukrainian positions in Donbas and demonstrate a disregard of all the agreements reached on the ceasefire. Russian troops shelled at Ukrainian territories in Donbas 92 times in the last day, 16 Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO)...

      Armed men open fire close to OSCE SMM in Donbas
      Feb25

      Armed men open fire close to OSCE SMM in Donbas

      At 13:27 on February 24, 2017, the SMM heard a burst of small-arms fire (three to five shots) at close range while preparing to launch a mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the north-western edge of non-government-controlled Yasynuvata (16km north-east of Donetsk), about 130m south-east of the M-04 highway. ”The SMM patrol members took cover...

      U.S. to deploy Lockheed Martin`s F-35 fighter jets to Europe
      Feb25

      U.S. to deploy Lockheed Martin`s F-35 fighter jets to Europe

      The U.S. Air Force is preparing to deploy Lockheed Martin`s F-35 fighter jets to Europe, according to Defence Blog. The head of U.S. Air Combat Command said Friday the U.S. Air Force`s F-35 joint strike fighter will soon fly over Europe, Defence Blog wrote. ”Europe is certainly a place that I think we would like to send that airplane so I can see...

      Italy donates EUR 1 mln to WFP and UNICEF for people affected by conflict in Eastern Ukraine
      Feb25

      Italy donates EUR 1 mln to WFP and UNICEF for people affected by conflict in Eastern Ukraine

      The Government of Italy has donated EUR 1 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF to assist people affected by the conflict in Eastern Ukraine in 2017, UNICEF Ukraine reported. ”The Italian Government continues to support the non-stop and commendable efforts carried out by UN agencies in Ukraine to assist the...

      Russian militants shoot at OSCE monitors in Donetsk, seize UAV
      Feb25

      Russian militants shoot at OSCE monitors in Donetsk, seize UAV

      OSCE Chief Monitor in Ukraine has condemned targeting of monitors and seizure of the SMM`s unmanned aerial vehicle by ”Donetsk People’s Republic” militants, the SMM press service wrote on Facebook. ”The incident occurred at around 14:30 on 24 February in `DPR`-controlled Yasynuvata, north of Donetsk city. An SMM patrol was attempting to...

      2 Ukrainian soldiers killed and 2 wounded amid 83 attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas in last day
      Feb24

      2 Ukrainian soldiers killed and 2 wounded amid 83 attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas in last day

      Russia`s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 83 times in the past 24 hours with 1 Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action (KIA) and 2 wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. View map in full size ”In the Donetsk sector, an enemy tank...

      Ukrainian President appoints envoy to represent Ukraine at International Criminal Court hearings in suit against Russia
      Feb24

      Ukrainian President appoints envoy to represent Ukraine at International Criminal Court hearings in suit against Russia

      Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree on the establishment of a Ukrainian delegation to participate in the International Criminal Court`s proceedings into the violation by Russia of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All forms of...

      Russian military admits significant cyber-war effort
      Feb24

      Russian military admits significant cyber-war effort

      Russian authorities have admitted for the first time the scale of their information warfare effort, saying it was significantly expanded post-Cold War, according to BBC. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russian ”information troops” were involved in ”intelligent, effective propaganda”, but he did not reveal details about the team or its...

      Iraqi forces reportedly enter western Mosul – media
      Feb24

      Iraqi forces reportedly enter western Mosul – media

      The first Iraqi troops have entered a neighborhood in western Mosul as the government`s four-month-long offensive to recapture the city from Islamic State (IS) militants enters its final phase, military commanders have said, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Lieutenant General Sami al-Aridhi of the Counterterrorism Service...