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#Defence and security

A view of the centre of Kaliningrad, the largest city in the Russian exclave of the same name, pictured during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament on June 21, 2018. Photo: Patrick Hertzog / AFP
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Kaliningrad: Russian outpost in the heart of Europe

Situated some 1,000 miles from Moscow, the Russian outpost of Kaliningrad has been drawn into the war in Ukraine, after Lithuania said it would no longer act as a conduit for sanctioned goods arriving in the territory from the motherland
Smoke rises after explosions hit the Ukrainian capital Kyiv early on June 5, 2022. Photo: Sergei Supinsky / AFP
Smoke rises after explosions hit the Ukr... […]

War, hunger, Covid-19 cast gloomy shadow over Europe

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the list of Europe's woes keeps growing as it battles rising food and energy prices and continued disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
Despite Hungarian government claims of providing for hundreds of thousands of refugees, only an estimated 10 to 20% of Ukrainians stay more than a few days, relief organisations say. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek / AFP
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Hungary’s neutral war stance puts off Ukraine refugees

Like Kristina Novytska, most Ukrainian refugees in Hungary are keen to leave the country, whose nationalist leader's neutral stance on the war is an exception in the EU
Members of the MPK, the National Defence Training Association of Finland, attend training at the Santahamina military base near Helsinki on May 14, 2022. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo
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Rattled by Russia, Finns flock to military training

On a windy island off Helsinki, people from all walks of life are spending their weekend doing military training, as volunteer numbers soar and Finland readies to join NATO to protect itself from Russia
Fahrzeuge der Panzergrenadierbrigade 37 „Freistaat Sachsen“ setzen mit einer Schwimmschnellbrücke über die Elbe. Per Gefechtsmarsch verlegt die Truppe derzeit ihre Fahrzeuge über öffentliche Straßen zum Truppenübungsplatz Bergen. Bis zum 05. Mai 2022 muss daher auf der Bundesstraße B188 sowie auf der Strecke vom Truppenübungsplatz über Gardelegen und Beetzendorf zur B248 mit Truppenbewegungen gerechnet werden.
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Countries with the highest military spending

Which country spends how much on the military? The chart lists 15 countries - the graph can be sorted by absolute values in billion US$ or percentage changes in military spending since 2012
Video grab released by the Russian Defence Ministry on February 15, 2022, shows Russian tanks apparently leaving for Russia after joint exercises of the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at a firing range near Brest, Belarus. Photo: RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY / AFP
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Russian army, Putin’s favoured foreign policy tool

Whether they have been camped out on Ukraine's borders or moving tanks across the vast country, Russia's battle-hardened troops have made the world listen to Vladimir Putin, who wants to redefine European security
A Ukrainian armed forces serviceman looks through a spyglass from a dugout on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near Gorlivka, in Ukraine's Donetsk region, on January 23, 2022. Photo: Anatolii Stepanov / AFP
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Europe warns against Russian provocation in Donbass

More than an open Russian invasion of Ukraine, European capitals fear Kiev could be lured into a clash with pro-Russian separatists in the breakaway Donbass region
A state emblem of the former USSR, which was removed from Moscow's Leninsky Avenue after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Photo: Alexander Nemenov / AFP
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West became ‘arrogant’ after fall of Soviet Union: Gorbachev

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the West, especially the United States, grew "arrogant and self-confident" after the collapse of the USSR in 1991, leading to the eastward expansion of NATO
A Ukrainian soldier on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists not far from Gorlivka, Donetsk region. Photo: Anatolii Stepanov / AFP
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‘Accommodation?’: East Europe worries over Ukraine diplomacy

US President Joe Biden's comments about seeking a possible "accommodation" between Russia and NATO powers have had a chilling effect on European countries that were once ruled from Moscow