Military & Intelligence
Monday 10 August 2020
30 July 2020
Arrests Of Alleged Russian Mercenaries Cause Sensation Amid Belarusian Election Campaign
Belarusian authorities have released dramatic video of a raid in which dozens of alleged Russian mercenaries were detained by security forces. The Belarusian government announced they were suspected terrorists, and state media said the men were seeking to "destabilize" the country.
29 July 2020
Lukashenka's 'Zombies': The Units Ready For A Crackdown In Belarus
Unit 3214 of the Belarusian Interior Ministry forces was shown on TV violently dispersing a crowd during a training exercise. A former officer says the men are "zombies" who swore loyalty to President Alyaksandr Lukashenka but they're just one of many options he has for suppressing dissent.
10 July 2020
Ukraine: Fueling Its Future Defense From Soviet ICBMs
As the U.S. and Russia debate extending their New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty past 2021, it’s a question that can come to mind: What happens to nuclear weapons that countries agree to decommission? In eastern Ukraine’s Pavlohrad Chemical Plant, many of them essentially get a second chance. Our #InUkraine program this spring took a look at how the Pavlohrad Chemical Plant converts solid fuel from Soviet-era ICBMs into propellant for new missiles.
11 June 2020
From Military Might To Misery: An Abandoned Russian Base's Failing Fortunes
A decade ago, Russia's Defense Ministry closed down a military base in Pskov Oblast, leaving hundreds of people unemployed. Without income or investment in infrastructure, the town began to collapse around its residents. (Current Time)
08 June 2020
COVID-19 Torpedoes Russian Nuclear Sub Facilities
In the Soviet era, Severodvinsk was a closed city because of its defense industries. Now it's been cut off again amid an outbreak of the coronavirus at nuclear submarine factories. Since June 6, nobody has been allowed in or out except workers and special forces.
21 January 2020
Novichok's Hometown: No Shame, ‘No Future,' Residents Say
In southwest Russia, just west of the Volga River, lies an ordinary-looking town with an extraordinary background: Shikhany is the presumed birthplace of the military nerve agent Novichok, used in the 2018 poisoning of ex-Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the United Kingdom. No longer a secret location, Shikhany’s several thousand residents can now publicly discuss Novichok’s past. Current Time’s Unknown Russia traveled to Shikhany to hear their storie
14 January 2020
How Russian TV Covered Iran's Shoot-Down Of A Ukrainian Airliner
Russia's pro-Kremlin TV channels mocked Western politicians for saying Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner until Iran admitted that it had done so. The prevailing editorial line then became one of blaming the tragedy on the United States for escalating tensions by assassinating Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani.
13 January 2020
Ukraine's National Security Chief: Kyiv Knew Early On That Missile Caused Ukrainian Flight Crash
The Ukrainian government suspected as early as January 8, the date of the fatal crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 outside Tehran, that an Iranian missile had shot down the Boeing 737-800, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleskiy Danilov told Current Time.
16 December 2019
Ukraine Appears To Cool On Plans For Border Wall With Russia