Ukraine’s T-84 Tanks Have Problems
Since 2016, a slate of European militaries and the United States have gathered their tanks at Germany’s Grafenwoehr Training Area to put their armored beasts to the test in a variety of tactical exercises. This is the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, and a NATO-oriented — although not exclusive —... Read more
Separatists Named Their Rocket ‘Cheburashka’ to Troll Ukraine
Donetsk separatists are showing off a new rocket launcher. On May 22, 2018, the news outlet Donetsk 24 affiliated with the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic revealed the 217-millimeter Cheburashka multiple-rocket launcher in action near the town of Avdiivka. In the video, the launcher fires rockets which land — slowly... Read more
Why Is the Trump Administration Selling Giant Sniper Rifles to Ukraine?
On Dec. 20, 2017, the U.S. State Department publicly announced it was finally issuing an export license for Ukraine to purchase lethal military weapons. Pres. Donald Trump personally approved the move after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis briefed him. Curiously, the only specific form... Read more
Ukraine’s Getting American Anti-Tank Missiles
On Dec. 22, 2017 the State Department announced it had issued an export license for lethal military aid to Ukraine — including $47 million for 210 Javelin missiles and 35 shoulder-mounted command launcher units, or CLUs, with which to launch them. The decision has been welcomed by Kiev and elicited... Read more
These Are the Flashpoints That Could Spark War in 2018
The world has managed to make it through most of 2017 without the return of cataclysmic, great power conflict. In some parts of the world — most notably Syria — tensions have declined significantly. In others, already difficult situations have grown even more tense. Here are five crises that could lead... Read more
What’s the Democratic Republic of Congo Doing With These Ukrainian Tanks?
Three years ago, Ukraine announced it would sell 50 of its T-64BV-1 tanks to an unspecified foreign customer, rumored to be the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This became official in 2016 with the delivery of 25 of the tanks to the country, according to information just released by Ukraine... Read more
Airborne Fighting Vehicles Rolled Through Hell in Eastern Ukraine
In April 2014, a few months after Russian troops seized Crimea, a pro-Russian uprising broke out in Eastern Ukraine centered on Donetsk Oblast. The province had a substantial ethnic Russian population which supported the pro-Moscow government of Pres. Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country that February after the Euromaidan... Read more
Fearing Russian Influence, Ukraine Bans a Social Media Site
Ukraine is blacklisting the country’s most popular social network VKontakte, email provider Mail.Ru and a host of other companies — all because they’re Russian businesses. Pres. Petro Poroshenko updated the official sanctions list, banning more than 400 companies from doing business for three years in the Ukraine. The government... Read more
Defiant in the Quagmire, a Ukrainian Commander Vows to ‘Liberate All of Our Lands’
It starts in the same manner every day, as predictable as it is deadly. Twice a day, when the sun sets and again as morning’s first light arrives, the normal sporadic gunfire of a battlefield starts to increase in tempo. Scattered shots take on a more constant rhythm, the... Read more
A Tour of Ukraine’s ‘Mad Max’ Tank Factory
This article originally appeared at Motherboard. Roads in the east of Ukraine are littered with signs of war: roadblocks, craters, tanks, and camo-painted trucks. Occasionally a Mitsubishi L200 pickup painted in a striking black and grey geometric pattern will roll by. That’s Azov Battalion. Its trademark camo print covers... Read more
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