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Ukraine’s Security Challenges in the East and Military Reform

July 15, 2015 02:00 PM

 

On July 27, 2015, The Jamestown Foundation hosted former Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense, Admiral Ihor Kabanenko, and Vice President of Kyiv-based high-technology firm KM Core, Bohdan Kupych....


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How Long Can Putin Continue Doing Nothing?

July 27, 2015 03:08 PM

Russia had all but disappeared from the international arena in the last couple of weeks, particularly following the July 14 signing of the international de-nuclearization deal reached with Iran. Indeed, as long as the pause in the Ukraine war holds, Moscow’s opinions on international relations attract little attention because its ability to influence key global matters has shrunk to irrelevance. But much more unusually, domestic politics in Russia have essentially gone silent as well. And this is despite an obvious need for the Russian government to make difficult decisions on economic and...


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Six Suspected Rebels Killed in Kabardino-Balkaria

July 27, 2015

On July 23, government forces declared a counterterrorist operation regime and launched a special operation in the center of Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria. According to the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee (NAK), the authorities learned about the presence of six suspected members of a terrorist group in a nine-story apartment block and decided to disrupt their activities at 3 a.m. The...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Middle East, Syria

Threats to Georgian Pipeline Security: What is Moscow’s Game?

July 27, 2015

Russia’s latest incursions from the breakaway Georgian territory of South Ossetia into adjacent territory heretofore controlled by Georgia have given rise to renewed security concerns for Georgia’s strategic East-West Highway as well as the Western Route Export Pipeline (WREP)—more commonly known as the Baku-Supsa oil pipeline (see EDM, July 20).

The WREP has long been a security concern....

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Transit, Energy, The Caucasus, Georgia, Azerbaijan , Russia

Ukraine Accepts Constitutional Amendment to Russia’s Advantage at US Insistence

July 24, 2015

The international context of negotiations to implement the Minsk armistice is changing in Russia’s favor. As the leading Western power, the Barack Obama administration effectively pressures Ukraine to legitimize the Donetsk-Luhansk authorities in the constitution and through elections. This would satisfy Russia’s main demands at this stage (with more demands awaiting).

German chancellor Angela...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Western Europe, Russia

Moscow Uses Kadyrov in Kremlin Push for Rapprochement with Saudi Arabia

July 24, 2015

Chechnya, formally a Russian province, has found a place for itself in relations between Moscow and Riyadh. Indeed, in general, subnational units of the Russian Federation, in particular the Muslim regions, have become much more active in the Middle East. Chechnya’s governor, Ramzan Kadyrov, has been especially dynamic in this regard: over the past year, he has met the crown prince of the United...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia, Middle East

Why Moscow Sells Arms for Rubber, Fruit and Vegetables

July 24, 2015

Sometimes a story appears that seemingly makes no sense and cries out for an explanation. The following story is one of those cases: On July 15, RIA Novosti reported that Russia will trade $160 million worth of military hardware for Thai rubber, fruit and vegetables. In particular, Oleg Siyenko, the CEO of Russian tank and train maker Uralvagonzavod, said his company was ready to sell both...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Economics, Foreign Policy, Russia, China and the Asia-Pacific, South China Sea

Obama Administration Undercutting Ukraine’s Position in the Minsk Armistice Negotiations

July 24, 2015

Urged by US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Kyiv last week, Ukraine took a first step toward legalizing the secessionist authorities in the country’s constitution (see EDM, July 20). Concurrently, US Vice President Joseph Biden asked Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to accept local elections being held and possibly validated in the secessionist territory (Ukrinform, White...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Domestic/Social, Europe, Ukraine, France

Right Sector Challenges Kyiv in Western Ukraine

July 23, 2015

Three people were killed and at least 13 wounded in the western Ukrainian town of Mukacheve (Mukachevo), on July 11, as members of the nationalist paramilitary group Right Sector (RS) attacked local police near a local sports club with machine guns and grenades. RS claimed they wanted to prevent smuggling but were then attacked by police. However, RS themselves are suspected of smuggling and...

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Southern Russia Mobilizes Against Islamic State

July 23, 2015

Russian news agencies reported that both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chechnya’s governor, Ramzan Kadyrov, expressed their condolences to the leadership of Iraq for the terrorist attack in Khan Bani Saad, Diyala Governorate. Terrorists detonated a car laden with explosives in the city, killing more than 120 people. The attack took place during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia

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Vladimir Socor is a senior fellow of The Jamestown Foundation and regular writer for Eurasia Daily Monitor.

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Ukraine Accepts Constitutional Amendment to Russia’s Advantage at US Insistence

July 24, 2015 03:35 PM

The international context of negotiations to implement the Minsk armistice is changing in Russia’s favor. As the leading Western power, the Barack Obama administration effectively pressures Ukraine...


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