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The FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile is the sort of ‘lethal defensive weapon’ the US may consider supplying to Ukraine. Wikimedia Commons/US Army

Purely ‘defensive weapons’? There’s no such thing for Ukraine or anywhere else

Barack Obama is considering supplying "lethal defensive weapons" to Ukraine. But how meaningful is that description? There are simply "weapons", all of which can be used for defence or for aggression.
A war footing for business? DVIDSHUB

Planning for war: a guide for businesses

The turmoil of 2014 was a timely reminder to businesses that they need to be prepared and have contingency plans for global conflict. The crisis in Ukraine brought Russia and the West to the brink of military…
The Hryvna: a vulnerable currency Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Forecast for Ukraine: stormy with rays of sunshine

A year after the Maidan revolution of 2014, Ukraine is at a critical juncture. The conflict with Russia has been escalating. Estimates of casualties exceed 5,000, with some reports putting the number at…
Here we go again? Ukrainian servicemen in training. EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko

Despite ceasefire, Ukraine could be going the way of Yugoslavia

A fragile ceasefire deal is just about holding in Ukraine, but hopes for its long-term success are not high. It is clear that the war for eastern Ukraine is far from over. And most ominously of all, it…
The funeral of a serviceman in Independence Square, Kiev. EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko

New Ukraine peace deal met with shelling and suspicion

The Ukraine ceasefire agreement struck in Minsk will come as a relief to the increasingly desperate residents who live along the front lines in the Ukrainian Donbas. But even though the document was signed…
It’s a deal. EPA/Tatyana Zenkovich

Ukraine ceasefire announced at Minsk summit – what next?

After all night talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk, the outcomes of the four party talks in the so-called Normandy format (Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany) have neither brought a major breakthrough…
When once Moscow and Beijing had much in common, now they may be diverging again. Toa55

Russia’s borders: Chinese sympathy for Moscow will only stretch so far

This week our series on Russia’s relations with its neighbours reaches China, Moscow’s one-time great communist rival with whom it found much in common in the opening years of the 21st century. Neil Munro…
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are in Kiev to discuss a peace plan. EPA/Roman Pilipey

Why peace in Ukraine won’t save the Russian economy

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande’s push for peace in Moscow has helped fuel optimism about the prospects for Russia’s spluttering economy. On the morning of the meeting, the rouble had strengthened…

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