Fighting has escalated in Ukraine six months after a ceasefire was supposed to end hostilities, raising fears that Russian-backed separatists could soon launch another offensive as the West focuses on other global crises.
An interview Wednesday with a Russian army major, arrested in Ukraine on charges of terrorism, fueled allegations that Russian soldiers are serving alongside separatists in eastern Ukraine.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. troops will begin training regular Ukrainian military forces later this year in an expansion of their current mission, which so far has been limited to instructing Interior Ministry national guard units, the State Department said on Friday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials are considering expanding the American military training mission in Ukraine to include army and special operations troops, likely focusing on issues like tactics and combat medicine, a top U.S. Army general said on Monday.
Several Russian soldiers are facing prosecution after they refused to fight in eastern Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reports.
Jewish citizens of Russia are fleeing to Israel at a record pace amid concerns for their safety and the Kremlin’s aggressive foreign policy, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.
The United States will support a new NATO rapid response force with troops, intelligence, and equipment, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Germany Monday.
Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine continue to launch attacks in violation of a ceasefire reached in February, Reuters reports.
Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia would bolster its nuclear forces this year with more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), Vice News reports.