Author: Isaac Evans

Ukrainian General Targets Destruction of Crimean Bridge

On Thursday, 17 June, Major General Dmytro Marchenko of the Ukrainian Armed Forces declared the bridge which links the Crimean Peninsula to Russia to be their number one target for destruction. This marked a departure from the careful ambiguity which has thus far characterized Ukrainian rhetoric on attacks against Russian

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On Ripeness Theory: The Recent Lack of Ukrainian-Russian Peace Talks

After six rounds of Ukrainian-Russian peace talks, from Belarus in late February to Istanbul at the end of March, April has been devoid of negotiations. As the scale of human suffering mounts to unfathomable heights, neither party seems eager to find a negotiated solution. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN

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Energy As A Weapon: A Cause And Consequence Of Nord Stream 2

Last month’s U.S.-German agreement to allow for the completion of Nord Stream 2 involved a German pledge of national and E.U.-level sanctions against Russia if the state deploys the natural gas pipeline to “use energy as a weapon or launch further aggressive acts against Ukraine.” Published on July 21st, the

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Russia To Leave Treaty On Open Skies

Russia has given official notice that it will leave the Treaty on Open Skies in six months, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday 18 June. The decision follows the U.S. withdrawal last year, reaffirmed by President Biden upon taking office, which Moscow claims “significantly upset the balance of interests”

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Russia Conducts Non-Nuclear Tests, Adhering To UN Treaty

On 6 June 2021, the Russian Defence Ministry announced that experiments are currently being conducted at Novaya Zemlya, the nuclear weapons test site in the Arctic Ocean. Major-General Igor Kolensikov, Head of the Defence Ministry’s 12th General Directorate, told the TV channel Zvezda that the tests are ‘non-nuclear’ – also

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Moldova’s Geopolitical Impasse Reanimated Before Snap Election

Although the question of Moldova’s identity has plagued it since it gained statehood at the fall of the Soviet Union, the recent escalation of tensions between its neighbour Ukraine and Russia has served as a reminder of the stakes involved. Moscow was unwilling to let Ukraine pivot towards NATO, and may be similarly loath to see Moldova align itself more closely with the EU.

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The U.K. Defence Review: A Nuclear Weapons “Credibility” Paradox

The U.K. government has announced plans to reverse 30 years of gradual nuclear disarmament in its Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published on 16th March. Increasing the self-imposed limit on Trident nuclear warheads, from 180 to 260, is perhaps the policy document’s most eye-catching decision, though

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