Mistral carrier to be delivered to Russia

Media reports that at least one part of the controversial military arms deal between France and Russia is going to be fulfilled despite sanctions. Russia ordered two Mistral-class helicopter carriers of which the first one, the Vladivostok, has been finished and is ready for handover. Russian navy personnel has been practicing on the vessel since … Continue reading Mistral carrier to be delivered to Russia

Increased Russian military activity in Europe and what it means

NATO reports today several incidents of Russian military air activity in Europe during the last two days. Groups of military aircraft, including in total six Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bombers that are capable of performing nuclear strikes were discovered by NATO air surveillance over the Black Sea, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in international … Continue reading Increased Russian military activity in Europe and what it means

Shelling in Donetsk and ongoing fighting

According to a Russian news site, mainly citing separatist sources, Ukraine government forces have  shelled residential areas in Donetsk during the night between 27 and 28 October using the BM-21 Grad system. The separatist sources reported casualties. The site also cites Ukrainian sources that report of fighting in other parts and shelling of Donetsk airport … Continue reading Shelling in Donetsk and ongoing fighting

Ukraine divided into separatists and “fascists”

One son joined Ukrainian volunteer troops to fight in the East while his brother and his mother sympathize with the pro-Russian separatists. This is how far division amongst some Ukrainian families is apparently going when it comes to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine as an interview from German magazine ZEIT-Online suggests (use google translate). The … Continue reading Ukraine divided into separatists and “fascists”

Ukrainian elections in Western media – different views

Tomorrows parliamentary elections in Ukraine are a hot topic also in Western media. Most articles tell about the candidates and their goals and discuss what consequences the outcome of the elections might have for the war in the East. While the general story of these news is mainly same, there are notably some interesting issues … Continue reading Ukrainian elections in Western media – different views