25 January 2015
Is this the decisive Russian offensive against Ukraine?
There is no doubt about Russia’s ultimate objective, which is the return of Ukraine in Moscow’s political and economic orbit. Whatever means might...
14 January 2015
Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Ukraine Diplomacy
On January 9, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Walter Steinmeier in Berlin in...
10 January 2015
Secessionist Forces in Luhansk ‘Republic’: Order out of Chaos?
On January 1, 2015, a military unit of the “Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR)” ambushed and killed the commander of the LPR’s rapid-reaction battalion,...
10 January 2015
Armed Formations in the Secessionist ‘Luhansk Republic’
The armistice in Ukraine’s east affords Russia a breathing pause to institutionalize the secessionist Luhansk and Donetsk “people’s republics.” The...
7 January 2015
Ukraine Balances between Reforms and Stability
Ukraine’s Parliament (the Verkhovna Rada) ended 2014 by adopting a set of laws aimed at reform, notably the 2015 state budget. These laws could set...
6 January 2015
Clocking military air miles — annoyance, threat or danger?
17 December 2014
Of Launchers and Ledgers
Every now and then, people take the opportunity to voice critical views on decisions made on national defence. The critique tends to boil down to two...
16 December 2014
The Kremlin’s Alleged Man in Tallinn
On Sunday, 14 December, Interfax ran a claim from Russia’s federal security service FSB that an Estonian Internal Security Service (Kaitsepolitsei)...