A U.S. guided missile destroyer and an amphibious warship are set to operate in the Black Sea as part of the Sea Breeze 2016 exercise hosted by Ukraine and the U.S., the Navy announced on Friday. The Arleigh Burke destroyer USS Ross will join 2,500 personnel from 13 countries for the exercises that include, “maritime interdiction operations as a primary means to enhance maritime security. Other warfare areas to be tested include air defense, anti-submarine warfare, damage control, search and rescue, and other tactical maneuvers,” according to the Navy.
This report from Reuters features a number of US officials speaking ‘on background’ in order to undermine Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to come up with an agreement with Russia with regards to Syria. This, along with the leaked State Department “dissent” cable, shows how deeply embedded the opposition to any rapprochement with Russia is within the ranks of the Obama administration. – Editor
On Thursday, Nadia Savchenko shocked many by suggesting that Ukrainians needed to ask forgiveness from the people of Donbass…I very much doubt that anyone in power in Ukraine will act upon Savchenko’s words. But the fact that somebody is saying them is most welcome.
Donald Trump’s formal nomination as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate appears to have induced mass hysteria among neoconservative Republicans and their liberal-interventionist allies in the Democratic Party.
A report by two leading human rights groups released on Thursday accuses Ukraine’s Western-backed security services of practicing abuse and torture in a manner similar to that of the rebel groups they are fighting.
75 years after a little-known massacre, another memorial in Eastern Europe is erected to obfuscate the history of World War II in Ukraine, writes UCLA’s Jared McBride.
The International Monetary Fund may delay a board decision on Ukraine’s next aid tranche, previously expected in July, and consider disbursement next month, according to Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk, as several laws still need to be approved by parliament.
Five days ago, the United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released another in a long line of reports purporting to provide an overview of the human rights situation in Ukraine. This latest report is titled “Accountability for killings in Ukraine from January 2014 to May 2016”.
Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments are at TheNation.com). In recent weeks, Cohen reported a behind the scenes diplomacy on behalf of full US-Russian military cooperation against the Islamic State in Syria. With Secretary of State Kerry’s visit to Moscow last week, the proposal became public.
The economist Michael Hudson says that the US-led confrontational approach of NATO with Russia is driving European countries to consider disbanding or leaving the military alliance due to increased security risks.