Defending Democracy

President Zelensky

As Ukraine approaches the end of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s first term, questions about his legitimacy linger, particularly amidst Russia’s attempts to delegitimise him. However, a recent analysis by the influential weekly publication, The Economist, suggests that these efforts from the Kremlin are futile. Despite the ongoing conflict and propaganda onslaught, Zelenskyy’s legitimacy remains solid, both…

Use Frozen Russian Assets to Purchase Air Defence for Ukraine

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Photo by Rostislav Artov on Unsplash A petition has been delivered to Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo calling on the Belgian Government to take a leading role in providing air defence systems to Ukraine. In delivering the open letter, a campaign spokesperson said, “The Russian central bank holds approximately €210 billion in assets within the European Union,…

Russians Target Kharkiv

Kharkiv after bombardment by Russia / photo by UNIAN (Andriy Mariienko) The city of Kharkiv, situated near the border with Russia, has become a focal point of Russian aggression in Ukraine. In March of this year, Russian President Putin introduced the term “sanitary zone” in reference to the border area of the Kharkiv region. This…

European Commitment to Support Ukraine

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Photo by Hristo Sahatchiev on Unsplash European Parliament President Roberta Metsola’s visit in Kyiv on Europe Day demonstrated, she said, the Parliament’s continued support and commitment to Ukraine and its European path. In Kyiv on 9 May, Metsola met with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, addressed the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and met…

Defending Freedom on Victory Day

Nazi Russia

Throughout history, the pivotal role of Ukrainians in the victory over fascism during the Second World War stands as a testament to their courage, sacrifice, and unwavering commitment to freedom. Ukrainians fought on the side of the anti-Hitler coalition, both within the ranks of the Red Army and among the armies of Western allies and…

Arms and Ammunition for Ukraine

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Photo by Myko Makhlai on Unsplash Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has praised the “bravery of the Ukrainian forces and people.” But he also acknowledged that “leadership and bravery alone cannot repel the Russian forces; you also need arms and ammunition.” He recognised that serious delays in support have translated to serious consequences on the battlefield.  “Ukraine has been outgunned for months… fewer…

Ukrainian Peace Formula

On 15-16 June 2024, a high-level conference on peace in Ukraine will be held in Switzerland. The event aims to create a favourable basis for a comprehensive and lasting peace in Ukraine, as well as to develop a roadmap for Russia’s participation in the peace process. There is currently sufficient international support for the organisation…

EU Summit Unwavering in Support for Ukraine

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Photo by Robert Anasch on Unsplash EU leaders  have given their “full unwavering support to Ukraine.” This came on the first day of a two days summit in Brussels. On Thursday, a statement was issued which also sought to underline EU “determination to closely monitor and contain any risks stemming from disinformation, including through artificial intelligence, as well…

Can the IAEA Stop Putin’s Nuclear Blackmail?

The likelihood that the Russian military and Rosatom experts will go for an act of sabotage at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (Enerhodar) with potentially catastrophic consequences remains at its highest. Nuclear terrorism is part of Russia’s standard toolkit. The Kremlin has repeatedly threatened the world with nuclear weapons while Russian invasion forces have turned…

Defending Europe: Forget the big guns and aim for ‘smart’ warfare

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Photo by UX Gun on Unsplash Giles Merritt, founder of Friends of Europe, warns that increased defence spending on ‘white elephant’ projects risks starving more innovative ones that could revolutionise military thinking.  Ukraine’s David may not have felled the Russian Goliath, but so far he’s stopped him in his tracks. The significance of how Ukraine unexpectedly stalemated Russia’s…