defense & security
Romania Is Starting to Freak Out About Russian Designs on Transnistria
Romania, a NATO member, is reversing years of military neglect, spurred by fears that it could end up with front-row seats for a Transnistrian replay of last year's events in Ukraine and Crimea.
Torie Rose DeGhett
Venezuela Is Suddenly Intent on Annexing Two-Thirds of Neighboring Guyana
Critics of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have decried the revival of the territorial claim as a farce that is meant to distract Venezuelans from their country’s economic crisis.
Putin Parties Down with Pop Singers at Rally Celebrating Anniversary of Crimea Annexation
The carefully stage-managed patriotic display included Putin singing the national anthem as some in the crowd enthusiastically chanted his name.
Putin Reveals He Ordered the Annexation of Crimea on the Day Yanukovych Fled Kiev
In a documentary trailer, Putin speaks of a secret meeting on February 22 in which he told security services to "begin the work to bring Crimea back into Russia."
Like It or Not, Crimea Got Even More Russian Today
With a branch of Russia's parliament voting overwhelmingly to annex the Ukrainian peninsula, Crimea is looking pretty solidly Russian.
The Day Crimeans Woke Up in Russia
A day after nearly 97 percent of Crimean voters opted to join Russia, the peninsula’s authorities unilaterally declared independence.