Ukraine is the most heavily mined country in the world, says Defense Minister
The Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has told The Guardian newspaper in an interview on Sunday (13 August) that Ukraine is the "most heavily mined country in the world". He also said that Ukraine is suffering from a serious shortage of personnel and equipment in clearing the frontlines so the country can continue with its counteroffensive against Russia.
patrickn97 Mon, 08/14/2023 - 07:07
Armenia and Iran extend energy swap deal for four years until 2030
Yesterday on Thursday (10 August), Armenia and Iran signed an agreement to extend an energy swap deal for another for years and increase its volumes. Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Gnel Sanosian said that the extension of the agreement is "one of the best manifestations of Armenian-Iranian friendly relations", adding that "the extension of the agreement is a profitable deal for both countries."
patrickn97 Fri, 08/11/2023 - 08:48
Poland to station 10,000 troops on border with Belarus amid Wagner concern
Poland has announced on Thursday (10 August) that it will station some 10,000 troops on its eastern border with Belarus. The decision comes after the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on 29 July that Wagner Group mercenaries could infiltrate Poland from Belarus, where they are currently stationed. The Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said that the 10,000 soldiers will be moved to the country's border with Belarus "to scare away the aggressor so that it does not dare attack us", adding "we have to be ready for various scenarios, we do not exclude anything".
patrickn97 Thu, 08/10/2023 - 14:11
Heaviest fighting in Sudan since the start of civil war reported on Tuesday
13 civilians have been killed on Tuesday (8 August) in what is being reported as the heaviest fighting in Sudan since the start of a civil war nearly four months ago. Arab News reports that the Sudanese army launched airstrikes and heavy artillery salvos to try to take a bridge across the Nile used by the rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to bring reinforcements and weapons from Omdurman to Bahri and Khartoum, the other two cities that comprise the capital.
patrickn97 Wed, 08/09/2023 - 11:04
Shovi landslide death toll reaches 20, Blinken offers condolences on behalf of U.S.
At least 20 people are confirmed to have been killed by a landslide in Shovi, northern Georgia, on Thursday last week (3 August). The Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili, gave the latest update on Wednesday morning (9 August). According to the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs, around a dozen people remain unaccounted for.
patrickn97 Wed, 08/09/2023 - 10:26
At least 7 killed and 67 injured after Russian attack on Pokrovsk, eastern Ukraine

At least seven people have been killed and 67 injured in a Russian missile strike on the centre of Pokrovsk, in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk Oblast, on Monday (7 August).

Ukraine's Interior Ministry has announced that the wounded include two children, 29 police officers, and seven emergency workers.

patrickn97 Tue, 08/08/2023 - 08:09
U.S. holds "extremely frank" talks with Niger military leaders as airspace is closed
Senior United States official, the Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, has held talks with the military leaders of Niger following a coup last month. Speaking to reporters from capital Niamey, Nuland said that, in talks lasting more than two hours, the U.S. had offered its help "if there is a desire on the part of the people who are responsible for this to return to the constitutional order". The U.S. was not "in any way taken up on that offer", she said.
patrickn97 Tue, 08/08/2023 - 07:49
Bridging the divide: the need for unbiased reporting in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

"Today, the media in both Armenia and Azerbaijan, and also among those niche market publications based abroad that report on the region, amplify the negative and nearly always ignore any positive developments or glimmers of hope," writes Onnik James Krikorian in this op-ed for "The masses in both countries have already turned off from such coverage.

patrickn97 Tue, 08/08/2023 - 07:39