Sudan’s Security Forces Kill Protesters as U.S. Diplomats’ Visit Nears

Seven people died after being shot at demonstrations in the northeast African country, a doctors’ group said, bringing the civilian death toll since the military seized back power to 71.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hamdok-abdalla, #khartoum-sudan, #politics-and-government, #sudan, #united-states-international-relations

Kazakhstan’s Former Leader Speaks Out in Video on Unrest

Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had been absent during the recent unrest that gripped the country, said he supported the country’s leader and the economic reforms he has proposed.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kazakhstan, #nazarbayev-nursultan-a, #politics-and-government, #tokayev-kassym-jomart

The Civilian Casualties of America’s Air Wars

Why is the death toll of U.S. strikes so staggeringly high?

#afghanistan, #audio-neutral-informative, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #middle-east, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Russia Thins Out Its Embassy in Ukraine, a Possible Clue to Putin’s Next Move

The slow evacuation may be part propaganda, part preparation for a conflict or part feint, Ukrainian and U.S. officials say. It could be all three.

#belarus, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kyiv-ukraine, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Poroshenko, ex-President, Returns to Ukraine, Roiling Politics

Petro O. Poroshenko, a former president, returned to Kyiv on Monday facing possible arrest, adding internal political turmoil to a threat of Russian invasion.

#defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #poroshenko-petro-olekseyevich, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Poroshenko, Former President, Returns to Ukraine, Roiling Politics

Petro O. Poroshenko, a former president, returned to Kyiv on Monday facing possible arrest, adding internal political turmoil to a threat of Russian invasion.

#defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #poroshenko-petro-olekseyevich, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

While the U.S. and Russia Talk, Ukraine Has a Gun to the Head

Talks aren’t simply “talks” when you have a gun to your head.

#crimea-ukraine, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #kyiv-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ukraine Doesn’t Need the West to Defend It. We Need Help Preparing for War.

Talks aren’t simply “talks” when you have a gun to your head.

#crimea-ukraine, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #kyiv-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Russia Issues Subtle Threats More Far-Reaching Than a Ukraine Invasion

If the West fails to meet its security demands, Moscow could take measures like placing nuclear missiles close to the U.S. coastline, Russian officials have hinted.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. Charges Russia Sent Saboteurs Into Ukraine to Create Pretext for Invasion

The intelligence said the operatives were “trained in urban warfare and in using explosives,” and could try to stage an incident.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Considers Backing an Insurgency in Ukraine

Conversations about supporting Ukrainian insurgents in the event of a Russian invasion has revived the specter of a new Cold War.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-aid, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Fear of Russia Brings New Purpose and Unity to NATO, Once Again

After years of drift, Trumpian ridicule and failure in Afghanistan, Russian demands for a new Iron Curtain in Europe have created unity in the alliance, at least for now.

#baltic-region, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #poland, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

On Russia, NATO and Ukraine, the U.S. Must Stop Lying to Itself

Like it or not, “spheres of influence” are a fact. Washington knows this.

#defense-and-military-forces, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Why NATO Won’t Let Ukraine Join Anytime Soon

Ukraine, with Russian troops on its borders, is pressing for membership. But President Biden and European leaders are not ready for that step.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-aid, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #treaties, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

NATO Won’t Let Ukraine Join Soon. Here’s Why.

Ukraine, with Russian troops on its borders, is pressing for membership. But President Biden and European leaders are not ready for that step.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-aid, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #treaties, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russia and West at Impasse as Ukraine Urges Reversal of Troop Buildup

In a third round of diplomacy on Eastern European security this week, Kremlin officials sounded an increasingly pessimistic note, though they did not close the door on future talks.

#defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #europe, #lavrov-sergey-v, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #organization-for-security-and-cooperation-in-europe, #poland, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Russian-Led Alliance Begins Withdrawing Troops From Kazakhstan

The force was deployed a week ago to stabilize the Central Asian country after political unrest that left dozens dead and thousands injured.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kazakhstan, #politics-and-government, #tokayev-kassym-jomart

For Putin, Propping Up Allies Is Turning Into a Perilous Bargain

The Russian leader is fighting fires on multiple fronts, illustrating the danger of his strategy of relying on force to aid his autocratic neighbors.

#belarus, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kazakhstan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

NATO and Russia Talk Frankly, but Past One Another for Now

Four hours of frank and serious discussion between Russia and the 30-member alliance leave unanswered whether Vladimir V. Putin will choose diplomacy or war.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #nord-stream-ag, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #organization-for-security-and-cooperation-in-europe, #politics-and-government, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Russia and the U.S. Face Off Over Ukraine

Can Moscow be deterred from carrying out an invasion?

#audio-neutral-informative, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #ussr-former-soviet-union

What Putin Really Wants From the Ukraine Crisis

He wants to break NATO’s back. And he might succeed.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

A Russian Pledge of No Invasion? Ukrainians Are Skeptical.

When Russians say no, they often mean yes, a former Ukrainian member of Parliament said, as suspicion ran deep about Moscow’s intentions.

#defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #geneva-switzerland, #kyiv-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Kazakhstan Says Russian Troops Will Start Leaving This Week

The military response to recent unrest appears to be a win for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and his Kazakh counterpart, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who solidified his grip at a time when it was most shaky.

#almaty-kazakhstan, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kazakhstan, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #tokayev-kassym-jomart

In Talks on Ukraine, U.S. and Russia Deadlock Over NATO Expansion

Both sides expressed some optimism after negotiations in Geneva, but did not break an impasse over Russia’s demand that Ukraine never become a member of NATO.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #sherman-wendy-r, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Russia Positioning Helicopters, in Possible Sign of Ukraine Plans

The step, which could be an indication that planning for an attack continues, comes as the number of Russian troops at the border has remained steady in recent weeks, despite U.S. expectations of a surge.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Russian Troops Will Stay to Finish Job in Kazakhstan, Putin Says

Blaming “internal and external forces” for the unrest in the resource-rich Central Asian country, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia set no deadline for the withdrawal of the forces his country sent there.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kazakhstan, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #tokayev-kassym-jomart, #ukraine

U.S.-Russia Talks Have Echoes of the Cold War

The Cold War echoes of the negotiations unfolding this week in a series of meetings between Russia and the West are a reminder that there is nothing permanent about Europe’s security arrangements.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #sherman-wendy-r, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. and Russia Will Discuss European Security, but Without Europeans

The coming talks in Geneva are bilateral, reviving old fears that the two Cold War powers will forge a deal on their own.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #brussels-belgium, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Aung San Suu Kyi Gets 4 Years on Walkie-Talkie and Covid Charges

Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader was convicted on three more counts, which her defenders said were politically motivated.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #min-aung-hlaing, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #national-unity-government-myanmar, #politics-and-government, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #win-myint

Can the West Stop Russia From Invading Ukraine? Here’s What You Need to Know.

The United States, its NATO allies and Russia meet this week in a whirlwind of diplomacy aimed at averting the largest military action in Europe since World War II.

#belarus, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #geneva-switzerland, #kazakhstan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

James A. Baker III’s Words on NATO Loom in Ukraine Standoff

The current confrontation turns partly on what, if any, commitments Secretary of State James A. Baker III made about NATO’s expansion in the waning days of the Cold War.

#baker-james-a-iii, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Russia Warns That U.S. Doesn’t Understand Its Goals on Ukraine

As the two countries prepare to meet amid rising tensions over Ukraine, a senior Russian official set a pessimistic tone.

#defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #sherman-wendy-r, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Details Possible Sanctions on Russia Over a Ukraine Invasion

The Biden administration and its allies are developing new possible sanctions ahead of a series of meetings to defuse the crisis with Moscow.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #sherman-wendy-r, #solarwinds, #swiftsociety-for-worldwide-interbank-financial-telecommunication, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

NATO Vows United Response to Russian Aggression Against Ukraine

Foreign ministers from the alliance, meeting Friday, hope that Moscow will choose diplomacy and de-escalation instead, amid skepticism that Russia is sincere in wanting substantive talks.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brussels-belgium, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #stoltenberg-jens, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

After dozens are reported dead in Kazakhstan, troops from a Russian alliance begin to deploy.

A revolt sparked by anger over a surge in fuel prices is convulsing the Central Asian nation on Russia’s doorstep. As protests turned deadly, troops from a Russian-led military alliance began arriving in the country.

#almaty-kazakhstan, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kazakhstan, #politics-and-government, #russia, #tokayev-kassym-jomart

Dozens Reported Dead in Kazakhstan, as Russian Alliance Sends Troops

A revolt inspired by anger over a surge in fuel prices has since spread across the country. A Russia-led military alliance has sent troops to help quell the violence in what it described as a temporary peacekeeping effort.

#almaty-kazakhstan, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kazakhstan, #politics-and-government, #russia, #tokayev-kassym-jomart

Sergey V. Lavrov Accused NATO of Stoking Ukraine Conflict

Sergey V. Lavrov accused the United States and its allies of stoking a conflict in the country’s east in comments that contrasted with a more positive tone coming from Moscow.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #lavrov-sergey-v, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Putin Warns Biden of ‘Complete Rupture’ Over Ukraine

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia spoke with President Biden for 50 minutes about the escalating crisis with Ukraine, but his intentions remained unclear.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Biden and Putin Will Hold a Call on Ukraine

The Russian president requested Thursday’s call, which will be the second time in three weeks that the two leaders speak about tensions at the Ukrainian border.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Stay or Go? For Myanmar’s Latest Wave of Refugees, There’s No Good Choice.

Hundreds of thousands who fled deadly unrest at home confront an uncertain future abroad. Yet for many who remained, conditions are dire.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #farkawn-india, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #tatmadaw-myanmar

U.S. and Russia Agree to Talks Amid Growing Tensions Over Ukraine

The Biden administration has not said who will lead the U.S. delegation next month as Russian officials demand commitments from NATO.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #war-and-armed-conflicts

NASA-Russia Alliance Is Shaken by Events on Planet Earth

The relationship between the nations’ space agencies is facing a series of difficult tests, including an antisatellite weapon and friction over Ukraine.

#defense-and-military-forces, #international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #roscosmos, #russia, #satellites, #soyuz-project, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #united-states-international-relations

Richard Marcinko, Founding Commander of SEAL Team 6, Dies at 81

The Navy asked Commander Marcinko, a larger-than-life soldier who often flouted rules, to build a SEAL unit that could respond quickly to terrorist crises.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #defense-and-military-forces, #movies, #navy-seals, #richard-marcinko, #rogue-warrior-book, #terrorism, #united-states-navy

Training Civilians, Ukraine Nurtures a Resistance in Waiting

Eastern European nations have drawn a lesson from America’s wars of the last decades: Insurgency works. Ukraine’s training of volunteers has become a factor in the standoff with Russia.

#defense-and-military-forces, #kyiv-ukraine, #russia, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As Russian Threat Looms, Ukraine’s Government Is No Laughing Matter

President Volodymyr Zelensky, a former actor, has surrounded himself with advisers from his old comedy troupe. No kidding.

#bakanov-ivan, #comedy-and-humor, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #servant-of-the-people-ukrainian-political-party, #shefir-serhiy, #stefanchuk-ruslan, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yermak-andriy, #zelensky-volodymyr

လိမ္မာပါးနပ်သည်၊ နှစ်လိုခင်မင်ဖွယ်ကောင်းသည်၊ ကြမ်းကြုတ်သော စစ်တပ်တစ်တပ်ကို တိတ်တဆိတ် လက်နက်တပ်ဆင်ပေးနေသည်။

ဗမာ-အိုင်ယာလန် ကပြားမိသားစုတစ်စုက ပိတ်ဆို့အရေးယူမှု စစ်ဆေးမှုများကို ရှောင်ကွင်းလျက် မြန်မာ စစ်အစိုးရအတွက် လေယာဉ်များ၊ ကာကွယ်ရေး ရေဒါ၊ အခြားနည်းပညာနှင့် ကိရိယာများကို ကူညီဝယ်ယူ ပေးနေသော်လည်း အမြဲသူတော်ကောင်းစကားသာ ဆိုကြလေသည်။

#arms-trade, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #kyaw-thaung-jonathan, #kyaw-thaung-moe, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #tatmadaw-myanmar

In Myanmar, a Notable Burmese Family Quietly Equipped a Brutal Military

A Burmese-Irish family said all the right things, even as it helped Myanmar’s rulers avoid sanctions scrutiny in buying airplanes, defense radar and more.

#arms-trade, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #kyaw-thaung-jonathan, #kyaw-thaung-moe, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #u-moe-kyaw-thaung

Japan Approves Major Hike in Military Spending, With Taiwan in Mind

The budget increase, the biggest in decades, comes as officials warn that tensions over Taiwan could pull Japan into a conflict between the United States and China.

#defense-and-military-forces, #japan, #taiwan, #territorial-disputes

U.S. Considers Warning Ukraine of a Russian Invasion in Real-Time

U.S. officials say intelligence sharing is essential to the Ukrainian government’s survival, even as they try to avoid escalating the situation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #kyiv-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

At Putin News Conference, a Search for Signals on Ukraine

At his annual appearance, President Vladimir V. Putin made comments intended to sway a domestic audience.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts