Quote from: GDS_Starfury on Today at 08:59:51 PMwe'll see what happens when the Kerch bridge is hit again.I'll welcome that when it happens, but how many Storm Shadow missiles can Ukraine have left while Germany hesitates to send Taurus? They'll need to overwhelm the air defences.
QuoteRussian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, a top ally of President Vladimir Putin, pledged on Monday to help Latin American countries counter what he described as U.S. attempts to interfere in their internal affairs.
He made his comments in Nicaragua, led by former Marxist guerrilla Daniel Ortega, after meeting Cuba's former leader Raul Castro in Havana.
QuoteRussia is offering governments in Africa a "regime survival package" in exchange for access to strategically important natural resources, a major new report has found.
Internal Russian government documents, seen by the BBC, also detail how it is working to change mining laws in West Africa, with the ambition of dislodging Western companies from an area of strategic importance.
This is part of the process of the Russian government taking over the businesses of the Wagner mercenary group, broken up after a failed coup in June 2023.
The multibillion dollar operations are now mostly being run as the Russian "Expeditionary Corps", managed by the man accused of being behind the attempt to murder Sergei Skripal using the Novichok nerve agent on the streets of the UK - a charge Russia has denied.
QuoteAccording to Dr Watling [of RUSI], Wagner was operating in a well-established tradition: "There is a standard Russian modus operandi, which is that you cover the operational costs with parallel business activity. In Africa, that is primarily through mining concessions."
In every country in which it operates, Wagner was reported to have secured valuable natural resources using these to not only cover costs, but also extract significant revenue. Russia has extracted $2.5bn (£2bn) worth of gold from Africa in the past two years, which is likely to have helped fund its war in Ukraine, according to the Blood Gold Report.
Quote from: Windigo on Today at 06:32:07 PM
I think that policy paper was deliberately leaked to try and influence western European leaders. Putin doesn't have a death wish so he won't do anything of the sort.
Quote from: MengJiao on Today at 06:20:22 AMQuote from: MengJiao on Yesterday at 11:43:56 AMSo in the summer of 1813, Napoleon had several chances to make some kind of deal with Austria...
Here, Leichtenstein's Light Division moves quickly to secure the bridges on the south side of the middle loop: