Category Archives: Ukraine

Train loaded with several ‘Tor’ air defence missile systems spotted in Yeysk, Russia near Ukraine border

Sanctions on Russia will be lifted once Moscow agrees to bring an end to the conflict in Ukraine and no sooner, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday.

The German leader said that the removal of sanctions would be economically beneficial to both Russia and Germany but insisted that Moscow would have to cease its imposition on Ukraine before these sanctions could be lifted and the advantages felt.

“Ukraine does not have full sovereignty,” Merkel told reporters Tuesday at her annual summer news conference in Berlin.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/29/angela-merkel-russia-sanctions-to-be-lifted-once-ukraine-ceasefire-is-agreed.html

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Russia is moving military hardware toward Crimea and Belarus

They are still more than two weeks away, but Russia’s Zapad 2017 war games — potentially the country’s largest European exercises since the cold war — are creating jitters across eastern Europe.

For seven days from September 14, Russia will conduct large-scale military manoeuvres spanning western Russia, its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad and its ally Belarus — which borders three Nato members, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.

While Moscow claims fewer than 13,000 troops will take part in Zapad 2017, western capitals expect the number could reach six figures.

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https://www.ft.com/content/f284d7ae-89b2-11e7-8bb1-5ba57d47eff7

Various military vehicles including ‘Msta-S’ howitzers spotted today in Voronezh Oblast near the border with Ukraine

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met during the G20 Hamburg Summit held earlier in July. This month has witnessed a diplomatic row between the two countries, expulsions of diplomats on both sides and a sanctions bill against Russia. The confrontation between Washington and Moscow has risen to a new level.

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on July 25 to slap new sanctions on Russia. These are America’s toughest sanctions against Russia since the Ukraine crisis in 2014, indicating US-Russian ties have plunged again.

The diplomatic row after the Trump-Putin meeting shows that political détente is not easy to achieve.

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http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1058751.shtml

M1 Abrams tanks matching “Number 14” spotted today between Nowy Sącz and Krosno, Poland near the border with Ukraine

Exactly the same US “Number 14” tanks we saw yesterday in Hungary, come into sight today in Poland near the Ukrainian border.

US military convoy spotted today in Krosno, Poland near the border with Ukraine

The NATO Deputy Secretary General held a meeting with the US Special Representative at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday. Ms. Gottemoeller and Ambassador Volker discussed the security situation in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv’s reforms, and NATO’s support for Ukraine, the Alliance press service reports.

“I was pleased to meet with Kurt Volker today. We agreed that the situation in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s military build-up in Crimea continue to be of great concern. Russia must respect the Minsk Agreements, which are vital for Ukraine’s security and stability,” said the Deputy Secretary General.

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https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-defense/2274200-nato-us-department-of-state-seriously-concerned-about-situation-in-eastern-ukraine-and-crimea.html