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Members of the Interior Ministry, the National Guard and other Ukrainian security services take part in a drill to resist and prevent mass unrest in Odessa. Photograph: Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian forces on the border with Ukraine back to their bases, the Kremlin said yesterday. It was the thi(...)

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have seized seven international observers with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as well as five Ukrainian soldiers and their bus driver, the Ukranian Foreign Ministry said. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

The United States said today it was prepared to impose further sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, where armed pro-Moscow separati(...)

Photograph: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty

‘Okay, you knuckleheads,” the drill instructor shouts at three recruits lined up outside the company commander’s office. They jump to attention as (...)

A mural of the  map of Crimea filled in with the Russian national colours on a street in Moscow in recent days.  Photograph: Artur Bainozarov/Reuters

Nato is to meet today to seek ways to further ease tensions with Russia over Ukraine a day after President Vladimir Putin began withdrawing for(...)

Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps launch  smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a joint US-South Korea military drill in Pohang today. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

South Korea has returned artillery fire after North Korea lobbed shells over the two countries’ western sea border, pushing tensions to their h(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting at the Russian ambassador’s residence in Paris yesterday evening. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/pool via the New York Times

US secretary of state John Kerry said late last night that he and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, discussed suggestions for de-escalati(...)

US secretary of defence Chuck Hagel during a briefing with UK secretary of state for defence Philip Hammond at the Pentagon, where they fielded questions about the situation in Ukraine. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Kiev and western allies have accused Russia of concentrating more military personnel and (...)

 Ukrainian sailors attend a religious service on the Ukrainian navy ship Ternopil in  Sevastopol. EU leaders are expected to discuss imposing sanctions on Russia.

The European Union and Nato have pledged support for Ukraine and intensified pressure on (...)

Obama’s army
  • US
  • February 28, 2014, 09:59

A combination of war-weariness after 13 years of war, changing global security realities, and budget imperatives make it likely that the announ(...)

Children gather around soldiers from the US army’s 4th squadron 2nd cavalry regiment  distributing school supplies in a village near Kandahar, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: by Scott Olson/Getty Images

The proposed tightening of US military belts, the biggest change to America’s armed forces in generations, is recognition that the country’s mi(...)

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