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Moscow [Russia], May 19 (ANI): Central Asian countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) on Monday expressed a unanimous view that Afghanistan remains “a serious destabilising factor” in the region during the alliance’s meeting in Moscow.The CSTO is a Eurasian regional security grouping comprising Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Tajikistan.”The unstable situation in this country, as well as the unrelenting activity of armed groups on the territory of Afghanistan, continue to threaten the security and stability of our states,” Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich Tokayev said as quoted by Asian Lite.President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadyr Nurgozhoevich…

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On hearing the Russian rockets hit Kyiv in the early hours of 24 February, Ihor Poshyvailo knew his first responsibility was to get the collection of the Maidan Museum somewhere safe. The artefacts in the art historian’s care are not paintings or sculptures, however, but a hodgepodge of common objects, which catalogue the 2014 Ukrainian “Maidan” revolution that ousted the Putin-friendly government of Viktor Yanukovych.Among more than 4,000 objects now held in a secret location are homemade flags, protest banners, hand-decorated tents and the weapons – including molotov cocktails, baseball bats and purloined police shields – that were used to…

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The total number of captives from the Azovstal plant has reached 1,730, the Defense Ministry saidAn additional 771 Ukrainian combatants have surrendered to Russian forces at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Thursday morning. This pushed the total number of captives from the stronghold up to 1,730 since Monday, the report said.Azovstal served as the last bastion of Ukrainian forces in the key port city, which the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) claims as its territory. According to the Russian military, the prisoners were “militants from the nationalist unit Azov”…

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17 May 2022 by Kate Tringham Fincantieri lays the keel for Qatar‘s new LPD at its Palermo yard on 17 May. (Fincantieri) Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has laid the keel for the landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious assault ship on order for the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces. An official keel-laying ceremony was held at the shipbuilder’s yard in Palermo on 17 May. Fincantieri is building the LPD for Qatar under a contract awarded in 2016. The multiship order, worth EUR4 billion (USD4.16 billion), also includes the delivery of four Al Zubarah-class corvettes and two offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The…

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Russia has claimed that it has deployed new-age laser weapons to counter drones supplied by Western powers in its ongoing ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine, Reuters reported.Laser weapons are the next generation of weapons being developed by militaries to counter the increasing threat from drone swarms. When made using off-the-shelf components, drones are highly expendable and inexpensive to the field. Repurposing conventional weapons toward drones requires years of investment and carries high operational expenditure. Therefore, laser weapons are being developed since they can be easily deployed and cost next to nothing to fire.Response to drones of warEarlier in March, we…

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Sanna Marin says Helsinki does not want its membership bid to result in a scaled-up military footprint.Finland is opposed to NATO deploying nuclear weapons or setting up military bases on its territory even if it succeeds in its bid to join the alliance, Prime Minister Sanna Marin has said. Marin told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera in an interview published on Thursday that such moves were not part of Helsinki’s membership negotiations. “Nor do I think there is any interest in deploying nuclear weapons or opening NATO bases in Finland,” she said on a visit to Rome to meet…

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The future of nuclear energy in Wisconsin could be different than huge power plants along Lake Michigan as energy companies explore small-scale reactors which wouldn’t require nearly as much water and could be operated in a wide range of locations. Dairyland Power Cooperative, of La Crosse, is eyeing use of the modular reactors which could be linked together like Legos to produce electricity for hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. Dairyland has partnered with Portland, Oregon-based NuScale Power to evaluate use of the technology in a scaled-down nuclear plant. The cooperative, which provides wholesale energy for 24 electric distribution cooperatives and 17…

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President Volodymyr Zelensky holds a press conference on Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. (Photo by Presidency of Ukraine / Handout / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) EDITOR’S NOTE:&nbspThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Thank you for signing up for The Nation’s weekly newsletter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a…

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RFE/RL’s Ukraine Live Briefing gives you the latest on Russia’s invasion, how Kyiv is fighting back, the plight of civilians, and Western reaction. The Live Briefing presents the latest developments and analysis, updated throughout the day. For all of RFE/RL’s coverage of the war, click here.Here Are The Latest Developments Analysts told RFE/RL that Russia’s capture of Mariupol after Ukrainian soldiers defending the Azovstal steel plant ended their fight is more of a symbolic victory than a military breakthrough. Finland and Sweden have handed in their official applications for membership in NATO, ending their longtime neutrality status amid growing concerns…

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The former president made a gaffe while attempting to criticize Russia’s military actionFormer US President George W. Bush inadvertently condemned the “invasion of Iraq” while blasting Russia’s attack on Ukraine, a slip-up which he blamed on his old age.Speaking in Dallas on Wednesday for an event hosted by the eponymous George W. Bush Institute, the ex-commander-in-chief railed against the Russian government under President Vladimir Putin and his decision to send troops into Ukraine in late February.”The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion…

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