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Richard Branson: My thoughts on Ukraine and Russia

Richard Branson: My thoughts on Ukraine and Russia

Business leaders all over the world have been watching the build-up of Russian troops and equipment at the Ukrainian border with great concern. This has been a smouldering conflict for many years, with occasional flare-ups, like the illegal annexation of the Crimea by Russia in 2014. But never in recent years has there been a greater risk of an all-out war on European soil – a war that, like so many before it, does not serve a just or legitimate objective. (It’s hard for any of us to hide our exasperation at this point. In 2022, what on earth is…
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Spain sends warships to Black Sea, considers sending warplanes | Reuters

Spain sends warships to Black Sea, considers sending warplanes | Reuters

Spain's Defence Minister Margarita Robles arrives to attend the first cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera MADRID, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Spain has sent warships to join NATO naval forces in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea as tension in the region rises over the Russian military build-up on the Ukrainian border, Defence Minister Margarita Robles said on Thursday. A mine-sweeper is already en route and a frigate will sail within three or four days, Robles told reporters. The Madrid government is also considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria, she said. Spain's…
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Spain deploys military hardware to Bulgaria amid Ukraine tensions | Euro Weekly News

Spain deploys military hardware to Bulgaria amid Ukraine tensions | Euro Weekly News

Spain deploys military hardware to Bulgaria amid Ukraine tensions. image: spanish air force Spain deploys aircraft and ships to Bulgaria to supplement NATO forces amid Ukraine and Russia tension At the request of NATO, Margarita Robles, Spain’s Defense Minister, this morning, Thursday, January 20, announced that the Spanish Armed Forces are accelerating their military deployments in the Black Sea, due to the tension between Russia and Ukraine. Spain’s scheduled participation in the Permanent Naval Groups of the Alliance will apparently be brought forward by a few weeks. In addition, a detachment of Eurofighter fighters will be deployed to Bulgaria by the…
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Croatian experience: return of the temporarily occupied territories and accession to NATO and the EU

Croatian experience: return of the temporarily occupied territories and accession to NATO and the EU

At this difficult time for Ukraine, we need to take another close look at Croatia's experience of returning the temporarily occupied territories and joining NATO and the EU. by OLEKSANDR LEVCHENKO On background of the telephone talks between Biden-Putin and then Biden-Zelenskyy, the Prime Minister of Croatia, Andriy Plenković, paid an official visit to Kyiv, which had been less noticeable in the information space of Ukraine. And it's a pity. At this difficult time for Ukraine, we need to take another close look at Croatia's experience of returning the temporarily occupied territories and joining NATO and the EU. Let me…
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Rostov’s court publishes verdict recognizing presence of Russian troops in occupied territories of Donbas

Rostov’s court publishes verdict recognizing presence of Russian troops in occupied territories of Donbas

The Rostov court has published a ruling in which it publicly acknowledged the presence of Russian troops on the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas. The case of a corrupt robber from Rostov, who illegally supplied foodstuffs to the Russian troops in the breakaway Donetsk region, was opened. However, during the trial, the details of these supplies emerged. For example, it is now known how much food the Russians deliver to the uncontrolled territory and how many Russian servicemen consume it. The document also clearly states for whom all these products are allocated, namely for the Russian military units of the…
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Ukrainian military report says Russia boosted troops to 120,000 near border

Ukrainian military report says Russia boosted troops to 120,000 near border

https://youtu.be/By4_zO2YDhQ Kiev, Ukraine(CNN)Ukrainian defense officials say Russia has increased troop numbers near the Ukrainian border to 120,000 people, including additional army, air force and naval personnel.  According to its latest ongoing security assessment -- shared with CNN by Ukrainian security sources -- the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said "combat and other military equipment, such as tanks, armed vehicles and 'Iskander' missiles remain near the border of Ukraine," following numerous Russian military exercises.  Russia regularly "redeploys and accumulates its military units to maintain tension in the region," the assessment said, allowing it to "create striking forces rapidly, and lays the ground…
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Russia warned of serious consequences from any hostilities against Ukraine

Russia warned of serious consequences from any hostilities against Ukraine

Germany and France issue warning as Nato chief says alliance is closely monitoring ‘unusual concentrations’ of forces Press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba Russia will face “serious consequences” if it threatens Ukraine’s territorial integrity, Paris and Berlin have warned, as ministers held meetings discussing the threat posed by a build-up of troops on the country’s border. In a joint statement, Heiko Maas and Jean-Yves Le Drian, the foreign ministers of Germany and France, pledged “unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine” after meeting their…
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Month after Taliban takeover, Ukrainians stranded in Afghanistan

Month after Taliban takeover, Ukrainians stranded in Afghanistan

Dozens of Ukrainian citizens originally from Afghanistan remain in the war-torn country, despite repeated pleas for evacuation. Ukrainians gathered near Hamid Karzai International airport in early September asking the Ukrainian president to evacuate them [Al Jazeera] Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect identities. Abdul*, a Ukrainian citizen, is stuck in Khost, a large city in southeastern Afghanistan. As night falls, dogs bark in the background. But he is in no hurry to go to bed. He guards his house and family, embracing a gun, until morning. “Strangers wanted to get into my house. It is difficult…
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A Nervy Trip to Kabul: How Ukraine Negotiated With the Taliban and Rescued 96 Afghans – NYC Times

A Nervy Trip to Kabul: How Ukraine Negotiated With the Taliban and Rescued 96 Afghans – NYC Times

Few countries have been willing to fly rescue missions into Afghanistan since the Americans left. Ukraine is an exception. It says it has a different definition of danger. KYIV, Ukraine — Before departing for Afghanistan, an elite team of Ukrainian troops gathered in a circle outside the airport and passed around a bottle of whiskey, a ritual meant to calm the nerves. It was early in the morning of Sept. 16, and the troops, members of Ukraine’s military intelligence service, known as the G.U.R., were about to embark on a daring plunge into the unknown: fly to Kabul and evacuate…
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Ukrainian soldiers go into Kabul, rescue translators bound for Canada in daring operation

Ukrainian soldiers go into Kabul, rescue translators bound for Canada in daring operation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=DQUPRQ9RP5w Ukrainian troops risked their lives to escort 19 Canada-bound Afghans to Kabul's airport. Vanessa Lee on their heroic effort. TORONTO - A plane carrying Afghan interpreters and their families landed in Kyiv this weekend, after Ukrainian troops stationed at Kabul airport completed a daring rescue operation on Friday, co-ordinated by The Globe and Mail. It was a moment these Afghan families feared would never come. Just days ago, they were desperately trying to escape bullets, explosions and targeted executions. Jawed Haqmal, a former Canadian military translator, had tried for weeks to get on a rescue flight out of Afghanistan,…
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