Russia on alert as US trains Ukraine’s troops

Nato co-operation with Kiev set to expand despite Kremlin warnings

To the crunch of grenades and crackle of machine-gun fire, United States paratroopers are helping members of Ukraine’s national guard to better defend the country’s east from separatist militants armed by Russia and assisted by its troops.

The vast Yavoriv firing range between the city of Lviv and the Polish border hosts training that Ukraine says is vital to its security and sovereignty, but which Moscow warns will only deepen the country’s conflict and the rift between Russia and the West. Continue reading

German Bundeswehr to Take Part in US-Led War Games in Ukraine

German soldiers will take part in two military exercises which areslated to be held in Ukraine later this summer, German media reported on Sunday.

Units of the German military, the Bundeswehr, will be involved in a ground forces drill codenamed Rapid Trident as well as and the US-led Sea Breeze naval exercise, Deutsche Welle said in a report. Continue reading

Polish ex-minister quoted saying Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland

Comments will heighten tensions between Poland and Russia, already at odds over the Ukrainian crisis and Poland’s arrest of two men suspected of spying for Moscow

Poland’s parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been quoted as saying that Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, proposed to Poland’s then leader in 2008 that they divide Ukraine between themselves.

Mr Sikorski, who until September served as Poland’s foreign minister, was quoted telling American website Politico that Mr Putin made the proposal during a visit by Donald Tusk, then Polish prime minister, to Moscow in 2008 – although he later said some of the interview had been “overinterpreted”.

“He wanted us to become participants in this partition of Ukraine … This was one of the first things that Putin said to my prime minister, Donald Tusk, when he visited Moscow,” he was quoted as saying in the interview.

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