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August 14, 2016

Ukrainian troops on Crimean border on high alert after rising tension with Russia

Ukrainian troops on Crimean border on high alert after rising tension with Russia

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Ukrainian troops on the Crimean border were put on full combat alert on Thursday, said Ukrainian officials, after tensions rose between Russia and Ukraine over the preceding several days.

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The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed on Wednesday to have captured over the preceding weekend a group of Ukrainian saboteurs with 20 explosive devices; amid Russian accusations of Ukrainian military actions in Crimea, an area Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. A video on Russian state television allegedly showed one Yevyen Panov confessing to be part of the Ukrainian military, in Crimea to commit “acts of sabotage”. The FSB claimed in foiling the plot a Russian soldier and a secret service agent died. Petro Poroshenko, president of Ukraine, put his own troops on high alert, suggesting the accusations were just preparing an excuse for further military actions against Ukraine.

Sergey Aksyonov, appointed head of Crimea by Russia, stated to Russian state media: “With saboteurs I think we should act as farmers do with crows who spoil the crops. Kill them and hang their bodies at the border to put off others, and make them understand that Russia will not allow anyone to risk the lives of peaceful citizens or servicemen in Crimea”, while Poroshenko compared Russia’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine to the Great Terror in which Stalin sent perhaps a million political dissidents to their deaths.



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August 12, 2016

Tenions rise between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea

Tenions rise between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea

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Tensions have risen between Russia and Ukraine over the past few days with accusations from Russia that Ukrainian forces has been carrying out armed incursions into Crimea, that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

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Last weekend the Russian security services(FSB) claimed to have captured a group of Ukrainian saboteurs with 20 explosive devices. Russian state television showed a video of a man called Yevyen Panov confessing to be part of the Ukrainian army in Crimea to commit “acts of sabotage”. In the process of foiling this plot it has been reported that a Russian soldier and secret services agent have died. Petro Poroshenko, president of Ukraine has claimed that there are 30,000 Russian troops on the Russia Ukraine boarder, and has put his own troops into high alert.

The hostilities were also exchanged with words . The undemocratic head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov told Russian state media “With saboteurs I think we should act as farmers do with crows who spoil the crops. Kill them and hang their bodies at the border to put off others, and make them understand that Russia will not allow anyone to risk the lives of peaceful citizens or servicemen in Crimea” while Poroshenko compared Russia`s actions in Crimea to the great terror in which Stalin sent up to 1 million political dissidents and others to their deaths.



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Tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea

Tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea

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Tensions have risen between Russia and Ukraine over the past few days, with Ukrainian troops on the boarder with Crimea being put on alert yesterday.

map of Ukrainian conflict

Last weekend the Russian security services(FSB) claimed to have captured a group of Ukrainian saboteurs with 20 explosive devices among Russian accusations of armed incursions into Crimea, an area that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Russian state television showed a video of a man called Yevyen Panov confessing to be part of the Ukrainian army in Crimea to commit “acts of sabotage”. In the process of foiling this plot it has been reported that a Russian soldier and secret services agent have died. Petro Poroshenko, president of Ukraine has claimed that there are 30,000 Russian troops on the Russia Ukraine boarder, and has put his own troops into high alert, suggesting that the accusations were just preparing an excuse for further military actions against Ukraine.

The hostilities were also exchanged with words . The undemocratic head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov told Russian state media “With saboteurs I think we should act as farmers do with crows who spoil the crops. Kill them and hang their bodies at the border to put off others, and make them understand that Russia will not allow anyone to risk the lives of peaceful citizens or servicemen in Crimea” while Poroshenko compared Russia`s actions in Crimea to the great terror in which Stalin sent up to 1 million political dissidents and others to their deaths.



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September 6, 2014

NATO leaders meet for two day summit in Wales

NATO leaders meet for two day summit in Wales

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Leaders from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) member states met in Wales over Thursday to Friday in a summit addressing the organisation’s role in Afghanistan and new threats from Russia and the Islamic State.

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Role in Afghanistan

Since the 2010 NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal countries involved in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), NATO’s military operation in Afghanistan, have been committed to full transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces by the end of 2014. This would mark the end of ISAF’s 13 year mission in Afghanistan, with troops changing to a training and assistance role.

Plans had originally intended for Afghanistan’s new President, or President-elect, to attend this year’s summit, but due to the political situation and ongoing election process it is still unknown who will replace outgoing President Hamid Karzai. Bismullah Khan Muhammadi, the country’s defence minister, instead attended the summit in the absence of a President.

This political stalemate has put at risk NATO plans for a continuing military presence in the country, with troops expected to pull out at the end of the year without new security agreements being signed, signature not possible without a new President in place. NATO members have urged Afghanistan’s presidential candidates to reach an agreement, with officials indicating that if no agreement can be reached by the end of the month, then troops would begin to leave.

Threat from Russia

On Thursday, NATO leaders pledged support for Ukraine at a meeting with the country’s President, Petro Poroshenko, in the face of recent moves from Russia. On their website, NATO outlined four areas where the alliance would provide support for Ukraine, “rehabilitation for injured troops, cyber defence, logistics, and command and control and communications”, with assistance expected to have a monetary value of about 15 million euros (about US$19 million).

On Friday, peace talks in Minsk, Belarus resulted in a ceasefire agreement between Ukraine and rebel forces, whom NATO has accused Russia of supporting in their bid for separation of eastern regions of Ukraine. The UK said sanctions being prepared are likely to go ahead, regardless of the outcome of these talks, until it is seen that Russia is acting upon them.

Threat from Islamic State

On Friday morning, a meeting of ten countries chaired by the UK and US agreed to jointly working to combat the threat posed by the Islamic State in the Middle East. John Kerry, US Secretary of State, stated after the meeting that the group should aim to make firm plans and raise support from within the region affected before the UN General Assembly annual meeting later this month. Philip Hammond, UK Foreign Secretary, also said it was clear that regional support was needed, adding “with a new and inclusive Government of Iraq leading the efforts”.

It was also announced NATO would help a non-sectarian Iraqi government, on request, to build defence capabilities in Iraq to help fight the Islamic State, as well as coordinating the humanitarian airlift of supplies.

Increased readiness

Plans for a Readiness Action Plan were agreed at the summit. Speaking on Monday before the summit, NATO’s secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, described this as a response to “Russia’s aggressive behaviour”, but outlined how he hoped it would increase the responsiveness of the alliance to face any security challenge.

These plans aim to allow reinforcements to reach any NATO member state within 48 hours, in what Rasmussen described as a “spearhead” of the preexisting Response Force. This requires logistical, and headquarters facilities to be set up in Eastern European countries, the ones most under threat from an attack by Russia, or the Islamic State. These plans are also to be rehearsed through joint military exercises.


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