Recent provocations by Russia and its militant proxies in Avdiivka's Industrial Zone fit with a continuing pattern of violence in SE Ukraine.Read More
Two years, two months, and over 9,000 lives later, the war in eastern Ukraine surges on. Australian war journalist Bryce Wilson has been to the frontlines of the war in Ukraine twice within the past few months. Since returning to Australia, Bryce has teamed up with Australian visual storytelling agency, PLGRM, to direct and produce a short documentary from the videos he filmed whilst embedded with Ukrainian soldiers in Mariinka and Pisky. The 8 minute documentary features interviews with these soldiers and aid workers as well as a glimpse at the desolate condition the towns have been reduced to.Read More
As recent fighting over the past few weeks between pro-Russian Separatists and pro-Kyiv loyalists has punctured the paper-thin protection of the February 2015 Minsk II ceasefire agreement, East Ukraine again finds itself in the midst of a war it is struggling to end.Read More
In this podcast we examine the role of the Druze in Southern Syria, who are under threat by Islamist groups who view them as infidels. We discuss the unrest this has caused in the Golan Heights, their relationship with Israel, as well as their attempts to transition towards becoming a neutral party within the Syrian Civil War. We also then switch topics to discuss the latest Kurdish YPG offensives around Tel Abyad, and finish with a discussion about the latest NATO deployments to Eastern Europe, and any potential response from Russia.
One year after the biggest victory of the 'Islamic State' it has now suffered its worst defeat. We talk about the ramifications of the YPG/FSA victory in Tel Abyad, as well as the wider US strategy in the war against ISIS. We also briefly discuss rising Russia/NATO tensions in Eastern Europe.
Since the chaotic days following the Maidan Revolution and the subsequent Russian annexation of Crimea, the Ukrainian Army has been under unprecedented stress. Years of underfunding and corruption had weakened the country’s armed forces, a situation made worse by the loss of considerable amounts of materiel during the annexation of Crimea, as well as the dramatic Russian intervention in Eastern Ukraine in August last year.