• An Embattled Ukrainian Port City Braces for Russian ‘Economic Warfare’

    MARIUPOL, Ukraine—The world is finally paying attention to Galina Odnorog.

    On behalf of the port of Mariupol, the 50-year-old Ukrainian volunteer activist has been coordinating a media outreach campaign since August 2017, trying to alert Western countries to the threat posed by Russia to Ukraine-bound shipping traffic in the Sea of Azov.

    “Russia has blockaded our Sea of Azov ports. It’s an act of economic warfare, and we want the world to pay attention,” Odnorog said during an interview in Mariupol, a Ukrainian port city of half a million people on the Sea of Azov, which is within earshot of the ongoing land war in eastern Ukraine. READ MORE...

  • Trump Scraps Putin Meeting as US, UK Back Ukraine After Naval Attack

    Trump Scraps Putin Meeting as US, UK Back Ukraine After Naval Attack

    KYIV, Ukraine—Ukraine got a valuable boost Thursday from its Western allies when ambassadors from the U.S. and Britain both condemned Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian navy vessels and pledged their countries would do more to build up Ukraine’s naval forces.

    “We call on Russia to de-escalate the tension that Russia has created,” U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch said in a speech before a packed hall at the International Maritime Security Conference here in Ukraine’s capital. READ MORE...

  • Ukraine Braces for a Full-On Russian Invasion

    Ukraine Braces for a Full-On Russian Invasion

    KYIV, Ukraine—Sunday’s Kerch Strait crisis underscored how quickly Russia’s simmering, 4.5-year-old, low-intensity war against Ukraine could escalate into a historic catastrophe.

    “Yesterday we were close to war. In fact, war happened,” Capt. Andrii Ryzhenko, the Ukrainian navy’s deputy chief of staff for Euro-Atlantic integration, told The Daily Signal on Monday.

    On Sunday, Russian ships fired on and captured three Ukrainian navy vessels approaching the Kerch Strait, a narrow waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov. The three Ukrainian vessels, two artillery boats and a tugboat, were in transit from Odesa to the Ukrainian port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. READ MORE...

  • What I Saw at the Migrant Caravan

    What I Saw at the Migrant Caravan

    MEXICO CITY—The migrant caravan has its own de facto government, and on this night the travelers from Central America gathered at the behest of a few leaders to discuss issues of the day as well as the big picture—such as what route to take to the U.S. border.

    “It’s your right to go to the U.S.,” Milton Benitez, a political analyst and sociologist who hosts the Honduran TV show “El Perro Amarillo,” implored the impassioned crowd.

    In a scene not unlike when a coach rallies his players before a big game, the Honduran media figure pressed the encircling migrants on the night of Nov. 7 not to give up on their “mission” to achieve the U.S. border. READ MORE...

  • If Russia Invades, US Special Operations Forces Have an Unconventional Plan to Liberate the Baltics

    If Russia Invades, US Special Operations Forces Have an Unconventional Plan to Liberate the Baltics

    DOLASZEWO, Poland—In less than 72 hours, U.S. special operations forces transformed a nondescript reserve base at this village in the bucolic Polish countryside into the headquarters of a simulated, special operations war to liberate NATO’s three Baltic countries from a land invasion.

    Looking in from outside the perimeter wire, however, you’d never know it.

    Only a few, unassuming radio antennas dot the area around an old warehouse inside of which U.S. special operations personnel have set up their operations center. READ MORE...

  • Russia Makes Bold Move to Try to Solidify Control Over Crimea

    Russia Makes Bold Move to Try to Solidify Control Over Crimea

    KYIV, Ukraine—On Tuesday, Russia’s ongoing conflict against Ukraine flared up once again.

    This time, however, it wasn’t another Russian artillery or rocket barrage in eastern Ukraine’s embattled Donbas region. Rather, the latest escalation was evidenced by the completion of a bridge across the Kerch Strait connecting the Crimean Peninsula with mainland Russia.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, true to form, got behind the wheel of a big-rig truck on Tuesday and lead a convoy across the newly opened Kerch Strait bridge. READ MORE...

  • NATO Braces for Putin’s Next Military Move in Eastern Europe

    NATO Braces for Putin’s Next Military Move in Eastern Europe

    KYIV, Ukraine—Since 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military aggression in Ukraine has rearranged the national defense chessboards of countries across Eastern Europe.

    In turn, the NATO military alliance has deployed weapons and troops eastward, to “make clear that an attack on one Ally would be considered an attack on the whole Alliance,” said NATO’s website. And the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has approved delivery of American anti-tank weapons to Ukraine.

    Yet, U.S. and NATO military leaders may have it wrong when it comes to anticipating Russia’s next military move in the region, a U.S. think tank says. READ MORE...