Tag Archives: Russia

Russia Retreating After Heavy Losses

Russia’s withdrawal of troops from a Ukrainian region that they encircled at the beginning of the war is proving their “inability to capture key Ukrainian cities,” the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense said Thursday.

In an intelligence update, the Ministry said “Ukrainian forces are continuing to counterattack to the north of Kharkiv, recapturing several towns and villages towards the Russian border.”

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Russia points to 2014 article to justify Ukraine invasion

The Russian Foreign Ministry is pointing to a 2014 article, described as “anti-Israel” for the invasion of Ukraine. The Foreign Minister tweeted: “Why the Ukraine Crisis is the West’s Fault” article by John J. Mearsheimer (@ForeignAffairs, 2014).”

The article in question was  written for Foreign Affairs in late 2014 by Mearsheimer:

“According to the prevailing wisdom in the West, the Ukraine crisis can be blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression. Russian President Vladimir Putin, the argument goes, annexed Crimea out of a long-standing desire to resuscitate the Soviet empire, and he may eventually go after the rest of Ukraine, as well as other countries in eastern Europe…”

“But this account is wrong: the United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia’s orbit and integrate it into the West.”

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US Warns Russia Set to Attack Ukraine at Anytime

The US has upped the rhetoric in the escalating situation between Russian and Ukraine. America has warned that an attack by Russian on it’s neighbour could happen at any time.

“We believe we’re now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack on Ukraine,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. “I would say that’s more stark than we have been.”

Ukraine President Zelenskyy Alleges a Coup was Planned for Next week by Russia

The Ukrainian President has said they uncovered evidence that Russia was planning a coup against his government next week.

“We have challenges not only from the Russian Federation and possible escalation – we have big internal challenges. I received information that a coup d’etat will take place in our country on Dec. 1-2,” Zelenskyy said, adding that his country was prepared for any escalation, Reuters reported.

The Russian President, Putin, denied any involvement.

However, Zalenskyy warned earlier this month that 100,000 Russian troops were massing on their border.

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US Navy Sends Warships to Barents Sea for First Time Since Cold War

The US Navy has sent four warships to the Barents Sea, off the coast of Russia, for the first time since the Cold War. The warships were joined by one warship from the British Navy.  The Navy has said the warships are there to ‘conduct maritime security operations’.

Russia was notified to the operations on May 1st, ‘in an effort to avoid misperceptions, reduce risk, and prevent inadvertent escalation’ a US Navy spokesperson said.

The US-British naval presence in the region comes at a time when Russia is pushing ahead with a huge military build up in the Artic.

The Arctic region is rich in hydrocarbon reserves, and as the sea ice melts Russia hopes to capitalise on the opportunity.

‘In these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we maintain our steady drumbeat of operations across the European theater, while taking prudent measures to protect the health of our force,’ said Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet.

‘We remain committed to promoting regional security and stability, while building trust and reinforcing a foundation of Arctic readiness.’

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