Russia’s intervention in Syria is distracting the public’s attention away from Ukraine, but the war for the East rages on. Where is the conflict headed, and what is Russia planning?
Russia's military is undergoing a rapid modernization, and its growing capacity to strike fast and deep into enemy territory poses an existential threat to international security. What are the current and future capabilities of the Blue and Black Berets, and are they operating under the guise of humanitarian aid?
France has often been the first EU member to call for the lifting of sanctions against Russia, but now President Hollande is being challenged by the pro-Russian National Front Party and must adjust to a more hardline view. How will this affect negotiations, and how would a 2017 victory for Marine Le Pen affect the EU's position?
One of approximately 40 volunteer battalions under Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Dnipro Battalion's base in Dnipropetrovsk Obslast pits it directly against separatists, but the battalion's benefactor, oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi, and the fighters conduct jeapordize the chance of support from the West.
The allegiances in fractured Chechnya both for and against Moscow have had a resounding influence on the structure and composition of separatist volunteers in eastern Ukraine that, while unofficial, are well aligned with the Kadyrov government in Grozny and counter anti-Russian Chechens supporting Kiev.
Poland's new-found fear of its Russian neighbors following the annexation of Crimea and the ongoing troubles in eastern Ukraine is not without merit; rather than depend solely on questionable allies in the West, Warsaw is rapidly seeking to modernize its military into Central Europe's premier force.