Putin’s goals in the red-hot Donbass

Russia's military build up on the border with Ukraine

Today, trust between the West and Russia is at its lowest level in recent history. Experts compare the current confrontation with the Cuban missile crisis. However, now the rhetoric and threats from the top leadership of the opposing sides have reached such an intensity that the timidly discussed possibility of a war between Russia and…

Russia Must Withdraw Troops from East Ukraine: Stoltenberg

NATO's Stoltenberg calls on Russia to withdraw troops from East Ukraine and the Ukrainian border with Russia

Russia must immediately stop building up troops on the border with Ukraine and withdraw from Eastern Ukraine. NATO chief Stoltenberg made this appeal after a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Koeleba. The NATO chief has spoken of the largest Russian military presence on the border since the annexation of Crimea in 2014. According to Ukraine, the Kremlin…

EPP Calls for Military Support for Ukraine

EPP calls for EU support for Ukraine

The EPP Group has called for military assistance for Ukraine and new sanctions against Russia. “Russia amassing more than 40,000 troops near the Ukrainian border is an escalation and a serious threat to European stability and security as well as to Ukrainian sovereignty”, said EPP Group Vice-Chairwoman Sandra Kalniete MEP ahead of today’s debate on…

Russia Rattles Sabres in Donbass

Russian Mortar with capability to fire tactical nuclear shells

The intensification of hostilities in the east of Ukraine, the transfer of additional heavy equipment and thousands of servicemen to the Rostov region by Russia have raised the spectre of the start of a major war in the Donbass again. Moscow is trying to show that it still retains a pseudo-dominant role in the post-Soviet…

Brussels Airport Tests Drone Detection System

Brussels Airport testing for drone detection

Brussels Airport and skeyes have tested the operational use of drones at and around the airport. In a secure environment, they deployed an innovative safety drone, which can be controlled from a large distance to find out how drones can increase the safety, security and efficiency of airport operations. In addition, they tested a drone…

China Projects Naval Power

China has the largest navy in the world

The Communist Party (CCP) of China is quietly but steadily modernising its naval power for the political goal of expanding its influence in the far seas in Asia and Africa through penetrative power projection operations, according to a report compiled to help the American Defence establishment to better understand the balance of strategic competition between…

Bleak Foreign Policy Outlook for Russia

Externally, the arrest of Ukrainian journalist Vladislav Esipenko in Crimea is not connected with the sensational statement of US President Joe Biden about Russian President Vladimir Putin. The events are separated by some time interval. But, there is actually a connection, as there is with the date of the seventh anniversary of the commemoration of…

World’s Largest Military

China has world's largest navy

China has been revealed as the strongest military in the world, scoring 82/100 points in a new study from Military Direct. Russia are 2nd with 69 and UK is 9th with 43 – higher than Germany (39) but below France (58) USA scores highly for its budget of $723bn In a conflict China would win by…

NATO Defence Expenditure Published

NATO collects defence expenditure data from Allies on a regular basis and presents aggregates and subsets of this information. Each Ally’s Ministry of Defence reports current and estimated future defence expenditure according to an agreed definition of defence expenditure. The amounts represent payments by a national government actually made, or to be made, during the…

Angola’s Role in the Current Crisis in the Central African Republic

The current armed crisis in the Central African Republic is one of a very complex nature, writes Frederick Ishimwe. It is not rooted in the religious or ethnic differences as some of the commentators try to present it, as we see that several ideologically opposed groups all of a sudden joined together under the CPC…