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Category: UK & Europe

February 23, 2016

By Bellingcat

MH17 – Potential Suspects and Witnesses from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade

The report can be downloaded here  This report, MH17: Potential Suspects and Witnesses from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, presents information regarding the Russian brigade that we believe provided, and possibly operated, the Buk-M1 missile launcher that downed Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. In this post, we will summarize the role of the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade and “Buk…

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February 23, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Belarus Deploys Additional S-300 at Polatsk near NATO Borders

Left: DigitalGlobe imagery of the S-200 site in Polatsk dated April 2015 / Right: September 2013 Belarus has partially converted the S-200 surface-to-air missile site at Polatsk to support the highly capable S-300 system, commercial satellite imagery reveals. As NATO beefs up contingency planning for the Baltic States in order to deter any potential aggression,…

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January 27, 2016

By Aric Toler

A Ferrari for a 13-Year-Old Boy: OSINT Methods in a Ukrainian Corruption Investigation

On January 23, the 112 Ukraine television channel aired an investigation into a former Ukrainian prosecutor who, among other things, reportedly purchased a Ferrari for his 13-year old son. This former prosecutor, Aleksandr Nikolayevich Bondarenko (Oleksandr Mikolayovich in Ukrainian), was appointed during the years of Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency in Ukraine, and was lustrated in late 2014. Bellingcat…

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January 16, 2016

By Askai707

Russia’s 200th Motorized Infantry Brigade in the Donbass

The following post originally appeared on the Russian-language blog of the author, Askai707 Below is an English translation of the post (translated by Aric Toler), which concerns the direct open source evidence regarding the participation of the 200th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade (military unit 08274) in the conflict in eastern Ukraine in the summer and…

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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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