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Ukraine's Drone Army Was Born In a Crucible of Conflict. Seeing the Ukrainians need for drones, in July 2016 the U.S. did include some in a military assistance program, supplying 72 RQ-11 Raven drones worth about $12 million.

Ukraine's Drone Army Was Born In a Crucible of Conflict

Although proving capable in Iraq and Afghanistan, they quickly became a horrible vulnerability in the field. Russians are much more adept at 'radio-electronic warfare', and Russian-backed rebels had little trouble countering them. Now surviving Ravens are gathering dust in storage. Could the Fury succeed where the U.S. Crimea under siege: Revisiting the Crimean referendum.

The 7 August skirmish on the Crimean peninsula has ratcheted tensions between Ukraine and Russia, calling into question Kyiv’s legitimacy and claims to the territory.

Crimea under siege: Revisiting the Crimean referendum

Currently, both nations are on high alert as they boost their military defences following a terrorist plot sanctioned by the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF). RT reports. “[The] FSB received a warning from Armyansk locals, who had reported on some suspicious people in military uniforms in their town,” and “detected some 20 people in the area, who were loading explosives and weapons from their hideout. Once the suspects noticed the Russian security forces, they immediately opened fire, shooting to kill.”

Acting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s immediate, scripted reaction was to deny involvement. The Murder of Journalist Oles Buzina in Ukraine. Two people were arrested in Ukraine on June 18 for the murder of journalist Oles Buzina on April 16, 2015.

The Murder of Journalist Oles Buzina in Ukraine

The two are said to be members of neo-Nazi paramilitary forces. Andriy Medevko and Denys Polischuk appeared in court separately on June 19. They were denied bail and will appear again in court in August. Place of the Year 2014 nominee spotlight: Ukraine. With only one more week left until we announce Place of the Year 2014, we’d like to spotlight another one of the places on our shortlist: Ukraine.

Place of the Year 2014 nominee spotlight: Ukraine

The country entered the news early in 2014 when a referendum held in Crimea resulted in the peninsula uniting with Russia. As the twenty-first edition of the Atlas of the World notes, Crimea currently remains under Russian control, though this union is not internationally recognized. For a little more information about Ukraine, take a look below at the eight facts we compiled about the country’s history, places, and people. 1. According to, the origin of the name “Ukraine” is “from Old Russian ukraina ‘border region,’ from u ‘at, beside’ + kraĭ ‘edge, border.’” 2. 3. 4. 5. Meet The Young Revolutionary Taking Ukrainian Politics By Storm. In just under a year, Hanna Hopko has gone from being a ringleader in anti-government protests to taking a seat in Ukraine's new parliament.

Meet The Young Revolutionary Taking Ukrainian Politics By Storm

Her trajectory is symbolic of the momentous shifts Ukraine has undergone in the past 12 months. Her story also highlights the challenges faced by the young activists who ousted former President Victor Yanukovych and now seek to implement their vision of a more democratic, less corrupt Ukraine. Keith Gessen · Diary: In Odessa · LRB 17 April 2014. The last time I was in Odessa my passport was stolen.

Keith Gessen · Diary: In Odessa · LRB 17 April 2014

It was the summer of 1995, and hot. Odessa, sometimes called a mini-Petersburg on account of its handsome 19th-century centre, was a ruin. Ukraine's Mob War. Death had come to visit Kevin Biegel.

Ukraine's Mob War

He was a healthy 32-year-old on his honeymoon in Italy, and his heart suddenly stopped. Perhaps it was a freak occurrence or a byproduct of the daily stresses he dealt with as a Hollywood writer and producer. It wasn't cocaine, as some might have guessed. Understanding Ukraine in 15 Minutes. Ukraine: Lies and Realities. Kiev.

Ukraine: Lies and Realities

Two beautiful Slavic sisters, Ukraine and Russia, pitched against each other: long hair flying in the wind, gray-blue eyes staring forward accusatively, but in the same time with anticipation and love. One single moment, one wrong move, one word, and two countries, two allies, two almost identical cultures, can easily dash at each other’s throats… Different words, different gestures, and they can also fall into each other’s arms, instantly. Is there going to be a war, a battle or an embrace? Is there going to be an insult or reconciliatory words? Ironically, there is no ‘self-grown dispute’ between two nations. As Sergei Kirichuk, leader of progressive movement ‘Borotba’, explained: “We have extensive invasion of western imperialism here. Ukraine, a Fascist Coup? Anglo-American Axis: Losing Ukraine or Losing Europe, Putin Can Win the Game?

What is it that really “scared the hell” out of the Anglo-Americans?

Anglo-American Axis: Losing Ukraine or Losing Europe, Putin Can Win the Game?

Could Ukraine become an area of cooperation between Russia and Europe? Could European countries break free? Fool’s Gold in Ukraine. The proposed EU/Ukraine trade partnership extends the promise of European improved living standards for Ukraine.

Fool’s Gold in Ukraine

Oligarchs who privatized Soviet industry and frequently exported profits to offshore banks rather than re-investing in their own country have dominated Ukraine’s economy. Ukrainian desire for higher living standards and better government is understandable. The question is will partnership with the EU improve the lives of Ukrainians? EU expansion has often produced disappointing results for people both East and West (although banks profited handsomely). The aspiration by Ukrainians for prosperous, egalitarian societies once associated with Europe’s social democracies is understandable. West Europe is looking to get another injection of economic vitality by reprising the same game again through eastward expansion of its influence.

Russia agrees to inform Ukraine of Black Sea Fleet’s changes. Russia beefs up Black Sea Fleet with new submarines. Ukraine approves new military doctrine. Ukrainian PM pledges further cooperation with NATO. NATO eyes deploying AMD in Ukraine. Russia, Ukraine hammer out historic strategic partnership. Race to the bottom: UK media compete to outscare each other over 'racist' Ukraine. Ukraine rages over Russian language status (VIDEO) Tongue untied: Russian language gets official status in Ukraine. Ukrainian nationalists bring nuclear arms to election fight.