May 25, 2015

About 100 U.S., European jets join Arctic exercise near Russia

About 100 fighter jets from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on Monday, a region worried by increased Russian military activity. The exercise, based in the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland with 4,000 ...

May 14, 2015

NATO worried by 'wide-ranging' Russia Crimea buildup

NATO on Wednesday expressed alarm over a “wide-ranging” military buildup by Russia in Crimea, as well as talk that Moscow could even install nuclear weapons on the annexed Black Sea peninsula. A statement issued during two days of talks by the military alliance’s top ...

Apr 22, 2015

Major NATO cybersecurity drill to be held in Estonia

About 400 computer experts will participate in a major cybersecurity drill in Estonia this week as part of NATO’s efforts to upgrade its capability to counter potentially debilitating hacker attacks. Teams from 16 nations will take part in the Locked Shields 2015 exercise at ...

Chechen commander in Ukraine drawn into Russian intrigue

Apr 12, 2015

Chechen commander in Ukraine drawn into Russian intrigue

From a dimly lit room at his base in eastern Ukraine, the commander of a battalion of Chechens fighting Russia-backed rebels looked shaken as TV broadcast news of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s slaying. Adam Osmayev hailed Nemtsov as a “true hero” both for ...

Apr 6, 2015

Ukrainian leader lifts objections to vote on regional power

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday publicly lifted his objections to a referendum that could give more powers to the restive regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare, reversing his government’s previous position. Russia-backed separatists, however, dismissed Poroshenko’s gesture as meaningless. The ...

A year on, Putin's Ukraine gamble largely pays off

| Apr 5, 2015

A year on, Putin's Ukraine gamble largely pays off

A year since the start of the fighting in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin may not have emerged the winner in his showdown with the West but he has not lost either. By supporting Ukrainian separatists, analysts say, he took a huge risk, but it ...

SDF's first NATO attache is female

Mar 25, 2015

SDF's first NATO attache is female

by Jun Nagata

Chizu Kurita is feeling the pressure of being the first Japanese officer to be dispatched to NATO headquarters in Brussels to strengthen ties between Japan and the U.S.-dominated military alliance, but sees “good opportunities” too. Lt. Col. Kurita of the Ground Self-Defense Force is ...

Putin reviews war games, says more to come

Mar 25, 2015

Putin reviews war games, says more to come

President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that a recent Russian military exercise has marked the beginning of a series of such drills this year, a show of force that comes amid a bitter strain with the West over Ukraine. Reflecting the tensions, U.S. and other ...