About: military escalation

Global nuclear arsenal to grow for first time since Cold War, think-tank says

The global nuclear arsenal is expected to grow in the coming years for the first time since the Cold War while the risk of such weapons being used is the greatest in decades, a leading think-tank said on 13 June.
Global Europe 08-06-2022

South Korea’s robust response to North Korea seen aiding Japan’s military push

South Korea's tougher stance towards the North under its new conservative president will be welcomed by Tokyo as Japan seeks to boost its military capabilities amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and more broadly in the region, analysts say.
Global Europe 25-05-2022

Donbas fighting rages as Russia eyes prolonged war in Ukraine

Russia signalled on Tuesday (24 May) it was bedding in for a long war in Ukraine as the conflict entered its fourth month with heavy fighting in the east but signs of some normality returning elsewhere.
Global Europe 25-05-2022

Soros says ‘civilization may not survive’ Ukraine war

US billionaire George Soros warned Tuesday (24 May) that "civilization may not survive" Russia's invasion of Ukraine but said Europe could have a stronger position against President Vladimir Putin regarding gas than it realises.
Global Europe 24-05-2022

Japan scrambles jets after Russian, Chinese warplanes near airspace during Quad

Japan scrambled jets after Russian and Chinese warplanes neared its airspace on Tuesday (24 May), when Tokyo was hosting the leaders of the Quad grouping of countries that includes the United States, Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi said.
Europe's East 26-04-2022

More blasts in Transnistria: Moldova convenes its security council

Two explosions damaged Soviet-era radio masts that broadcast Russian radio from a village in the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria on Tuesday (26 April), prompting Moldova's president to convene an urgent security meeting.
Global Europe 26-04-2022

Lavrov warns ‘serious’ nuclear war risks should not be underestimated

Russia told the world not to underestimate the considerable risks of nuclear war that it said it wanted to reduce and warned that conventional Western weapons were legitimate targets in Ukraine, where battles raged in the east.
Global Europe 28-02-2022

Outcry in the West as Putin orders nuclear alert

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that his nuclear forces were on alert sparked outcry in the West as the invading troops faced stiff resistance on Monday (28 February). At a meeting with his top officials on Sunday, the president ordered...
China 23-02-2022

China says Taiwan is ‘not Ukraine’ as island raises alert level

Taiwan is "not Ukraine" and has always been an inalienable part of China, China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday, as Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called for the island to beef up vigilance on military activities in response to the crisis.
Global Europe 23-02-2022

Explainer: Where will Putin stop? Three scenarios

Now that Russian President Vladimir Putin has recognised the independence of separatist enclaves in eastern Ukraine and ordered in "peacekeeping" troops, the big question is: where will he stop?
Global Europe 23-02-2022

Ukrainian president drafts reservists but rules out general mobilisation for now

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday (22 February) said he was introducing the conscription of reservists for a special period but ruled out a general mobilisation after Russia announced it was moving troops into eastern Ukraine.
Global Europe 21-02-2022

Putin, Biden agree in principle to summit as Ukraine tensions soar

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden have agreed to a summit -- to be held only if Moscow does not invade Ukraine, France announced following a frantic new round of diplomacy to avert an all-out war.
Global Europe 19-02-2022

Biden says Putin has decided to invade Ukraine

The US leader insisted it was "not too late to de-escalate and return to the negotiating table," but warned that if an attack comes, the Russian president will have "slammed the door shut on diplomacy."
Global Europe 18-02-2022

Russia asks US to withdraw arms, personnel from new NATO members

Russia told the US on Thursday (17 February) it should withdraw arms and personnel from new NATO members, and that it and NATO must legally commit to stop NATO enlargement eastward.
Global Europe 17-02-2022

Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine is growing, not shrinking, warns West

There is a growing Russian military presence at Ukraine's borders, Western countries warned on Wednesday (16 February), as Estonia said battle groups were moving ahead of a likely attack to occupy "key terrain," contradicting Moscow's insistence of a pullback.
Global Europe 16-02-2022

Biden to Putin: Step back from the brink of war with Ukraine

US President Joe Biden made an impassioned appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin to step back from war with Ukraine, speaking starkly of the "needless death and destruction" Moscow could cause and international outrage Putin would face.

NATO to discuss reinforcements in Southeastern Europe

As NATO defence ministers meet in Brussels this week amid US warnings of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine, they are set to come up with a detailed plan for four new battle groups in southeastern Europe. The plan could...
Global Europe 15-02-2022

US moving Ukraine embassy from Kyiv to Lviv amid Russian buildup

The United States is relocating its Ukraine embassy operations from the capital Kyiv to the western city of Lviv, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday (14 February), citing a "dramatic acceleration in the buildup of Russian forces."
Global Europe 14-02-2022

US reaffirms dire Russian invasion warning

Washington reaffirmed its warning that Russia could invade Ukraine at any moment and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz prepared to visit both countries in a bid to head off a crisis that Berlin said had reached a "critical" point.
Global Europe 11-02-2022

Russia says facts ‘bounce off’ Britain’s Truss in tense encounter

Russia's foreign minister accused his British counterpart on Thursday (10 February) of grandstanding and refusing to listen, at a rancorous encounter that highlighted the gulf between them over the Ukraine crisis.
Europe's East 08-02-2022

Separatist leader says full-scale war in east Ukraine could break out any time

A Russian-backed separatist leader in eastern Ukraine said on Monday (7 February) that full-scale war could break out there at any time and his forces might need to turn to Moscow for support.
Europe's East 07-02-2022

Europe’s diplomatic flurry reveals those absent in Ukraine diplomacy

European diplomacy over Ukraine puts in another gear this week with the French and Russian leaders to meet in Moscow, Germany’s Chancellor paying a visit to Washington and other European diplomats flocking to Kyiv.
Global Europe 04-02-2022

US warns Russia may stage video as pretext to invade Ukraine

Russia has formulated several options as an excuse to invade Ukraine, including the potential use of a propaganda video showing a staged attack, the United States said on Thursday, as the Kremlin condemned American troop deployments in the region.
Global Europe 03-02-2022

NATO says Russia to have 30,000 troops on drills in Belarus, north of Ukraine

NATO said on Thursday (3 February) Russia had stepped up deployments to Ukraine's northern neighbour Belarus in recent days and was expected to have 30,000 troops there for joint military exercises this month.