Noble Jump 19

A NATO force of 2,500 German, Dutch and Norwegian troops and 1,000 vehicles is currently taking part in exercise Noble Jump 19 at the Zagan training range in Western Poland.  Noble Jump is the main training opportunity for NATO’s Spearhead Force, the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), and tests how well its different units…

Russia reprimanded by UN for illegal detention of Ukraine naval officers

In a stern rebuke to Russia for breaching international law by detaining vessels belonging to Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, the International Tribunal of the United Nations for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has ordered the Russian Federation to release the Ukrainian naval vessels Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yani Kapu, and return them to…

Russia Wastes No Time in Attacking Ukraine after the Presidential Election

The President of the Russian Federation has issued  a decree  offering a simplified procedure for acquiring citizenship of the Russian Federation by Ukrainian citizens living in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This is quite clearly a blatant interference of the Russian Federation in the internal affairs of Ukraine, and a…

Ukraine Demands Release of Illegally Detained Ships and Servicemen

Black Sea in 2019

Ukraine filed a request in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (“ITLOS”) last week seeking provisional relief against the Russian Federation.  The Request seeks the release of the three Ukrainian naval vessels and the twenty-four servicemen unlawfully seized by the Russian Federation in the Black Sea on 25 November 2018. Under the…

Ukraine-EU mini-summit

Ukraine Summit in Brussels

As one Member State continues its arguments today to leave the EU, others are queuing up to make friends with the bloc.  Yesterday, March 20, a mini-summit for EU-Ukraine was held in Brussels with the current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker,…

Ukraine Presidential Candidate Oleksandr Vilkul Presents Donbass Peace Plan

Presidential Candidate Oleksandr Vilkul Presents Donbass Peace Plan

“I presented my Peace Plan in the European Parliament, here in Brussels. It is clear, and it consists of concrete steps. It is completely in accordance with the framework of both the Minsk and Normandy formats. It has great popularity and support in Ukraine. I run for the presidential office in order to achieve peace…

Conflict Resolution, Time For A New Approach?

Conflict Resolution

Against a backdrop of increasing violence and armed conflict in the world, a high level conference in Brussels heard heartfelt pleas for peace, and discussed the need for new means of conflict resolution, writes James Wilson. “I am very glad that the issue of this conference is not conflict prevention, but conflict resolution”, Frank Schwalba-Hoth,…

EU Response To Russian Aggression In The Azov Sea

Russian Aggression in Azov Sea

The EU, together with Australia, Canada and the US, has imposed sanctions on individuals for their role in Russia’s use of military force against 3 Ukrainian vessels and their crew in the Kerch Strait and Black Sea in November 2018. The EU sanctions will prevent named individuals from travelling within the EU, and freeze any…

Russia’s Failure to Comply With the INF Treaty

Gorbachev and Reagan

NATO has issued the following statement concerning Russia’ s failure to comply with the International Nuclear Forces (INF Treaty) originally signed between US President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev in Washington in 1987. Following nearly six years of U.S. and Allied engagement with Russia, on 4 December 2018, NATO Allies declared that Russia has developed…