Category: Russia

US says Russia is building air defence systems in eastern Ukraine

As well as conducting training exercises involving drones, it is sending extra troops to Ukrainian border, spokeswoman says  A Ukrainian volunteer fighter aims his weapon at rebel-controlled territory in Shyrokine. Fighting has picked up in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks,…

Russia’s Round 2: A New Conflict in Eastern Europe?

A year of chaos in Ukraine has given Vladimir Putin plenty of practice in undermining the West. Vladimir Putin’s apparent vision of renewed Russian dominance is keeping NATO members on guard. Wesley Clark, the former commander of NATO forces and one-time presidential…

Putin Mobilizes Forces Preparing to Fight With NATO and US

This week (March 16–21), the Russian military began massive, “sudden” military exercises (“vnezapnaya proverka”). The authorities initially announced that the “sudden exercises” are intended to check out the battle readiness of Russia’s Northern Fleet and the possibility of reinforcing it…

Nato colonel sheds light on Russia ‘psy-ops’

EUObserver:Aivar Jaeski knows the Russian military from the inside. A conscript to the Soviet army in his early life, the Estonian-born Nato colonel recalls being stunned how “little training and specialisation” it had to offer its recruits.

Russia Is Reinforcing 3 Crucial Geopolitical Frontlines

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on a new military doctrine for the country on Dec. 26 last year. The new doctrine, beyond explicitly stating that NATO’s expansion was the main external threat facing Moscow, calls for reinforcing three geopolitical fronts that Russia…

Russia to cut EU gas transit via Ukraine

Russia has said it will stop EU gas transit via Ukraine and do it via Turkey instead in the second shock announcement on energy in as many months.

EU digests Russia’s South Stream announcement

BRUSSELS EUObserver- EU diplomats predict Turkey will use Russia’s South Stream decision as leverage in accession talks, as the European Commission handles the financial implications for member states. The deliberations come after Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday (1 December) in…

Why Do Jamaat Leaders Die so Often in North Caucasus Special Operations?

Jamestown.org: Rarely a week passes in Dagestan without the authorities launching a new special operation against militants. Some weeks, several special operations take place across the republic. In most instances, these law enforcement actions are based upon information received from…

Russia May Use North Caucasians for Hybrid Warfare in Central Asian and European Conflicts

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 178 By: Valery Dzutsev On September 30, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the fall 2014 Russian military draft. The government is expected to draft 154,100 men, the same number as in the…

Is Moscow Preparing to Annex South Ossetia After Crimea?

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue By: Giorgi Menabde The situation in Ukraine continues to quickly evolve, and the Russian annexation of Crimea has already mostly faded away from the 24-hour news cycle. Additionally, Western leaders are now hinting…