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January 7, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Belarus Adds New SAM Revetments on Polish Border

Belarus has constructed new surface-to-air missile revetments since 2014, a review of commercial satellite imagery reveals. DigitalGlobe space snapshots from 2014 show new ‘C’ shaped drive-through revetments at two existing S-300 sites near the Polish and Lithuania borders. The expanded sites could provide prepared firing positions for jumped Russian units or potentially future Belarusian S-300 units….

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December 27, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Russian Airbase in Belarus Remains in Limbo

Plans for a Russian airbase in Belarus which could host between 12 and 24 fighters remain in limbo, despite Putin giving the go-ahead in September. A high level meeting in Moscow earlier this month between the countries’ leaders offered no signs of forward movement. [1] In fact, in the face of growing pressure from Moscow, Lukashenko has resisted…

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December 10, 2015

By Jett Goldsmith

Fraud, Russian Interests Overshadow France’s National Front

France’s far-right National Front calls for French unity and strength. But the party’s history reveals a much deeper web of foreign interests and fraud, which threaten to compromise its entire doctrine. By Jett Goldsmith Marine Le Pen’s French far-right party, the National Front, has experienced its most successful period in party history. Regional elections placed…

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December 1, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Belarus Preps Additional SU-24M Fencer For Export

Sudan could soon receive additional SU-24M ground attack aircraft overhauled in Belarus, recently acquired satellite imagery suggests. Last year workers at Belarus’ 558th Aircraft Repair Plant in Baranovichi moved three decommissioned Sukhoi Su-24M Fencer from open storage to the plant’s work area. Over at War is Boring, I wrote they were being prepared for overhaul…

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November 13, 2015

By Askai707

Artillerymen of Russia’s 136th Motorized Infantry Brigade in the Donbass

At the end of August and beginning of September in 2014, Russia’s 136th Motorized Infantry Brigade (military unit 63354, Buynaksk, Dagestan) and other Russian units were involved in the hostilities near Luhansk. Evidence of the participation of T-90A tanks from this brigade has already been laid out in my previous post, “T-90 in the Donbass.” This post reviews evidence of the involvement of the howizters self-propelled artillery units of the 136th Motorized Infantry brigade in hostilities in the same area.

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November 3, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Russia Jumped S-300 from Hvardiyske Airbase

Last year after the Crimean parliament declared its independence from Ukraine on 17 March, Russia moved two units of S-300PM (5P85Ts) to the Hvardiyske Air Base. Four days later, satellite imagery from 21 March confirmed the move. Previously, Russia had employed this tactic with the former Georgian enclave of Abkhazia. Space snapshots of the breakaway region…

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October 17, 2015

By Aric Toler

Buk Launch Site Data in the Dutch Safety Board’s MH17 Investigation

One of the most contentious and important points of the investigation into the downing of MH17 is the launch site for the Buk missile that caused the tragedy of July 17, 2014. The newly released Dutch Safety Board (DSB) investigative report dismisses all alternative scenarios other than a Buk missile launch, including the possibilities of…

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October 16, 2015

By Christo Grozev

Quantum of Obfuscation

Deutsche Version. On the day the Dutch Safety Board released its final report into the causes for the crash of Flight MH17, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement that the “report is flawed, as the Russian findings were not taken into account”. This statement followed numerous assertions by Russian diplomats that Russia “is kept…

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