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New hazards of war enclose Belarusian town with turbulent past

A journalist walks in a tent camp, which, according to the Belarusian Defence Ministry, was set up for exercises at a disused military base near the village of Tsel in the Asipovichy District, Belarus, on 7th July, 2023.

Osipovichi, Belarus Reuters A Belarusian town with a turbulent past may hold some haunting new secrets: an empty camp that mutinous Russian mercenaries have yet to use and perhaps even a storage facility for tactical nuclear weapons Russia says it has deployed in Belarus. In a former military camp surrounded by fir and birch forest […]

Analysis – Mutiny lays bare prospect for Putin of ‘forever war’ in Ukraine

Fighters of Wagner private mercenary group pull out of the headquarters of the Southern Military District to return to base, in the city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on 24th June, 2023.

Kyiv, UkraineReuters An abortive mutiny in Russia has shown the risks the Kremlin faces from a long, grinding conflict in Ukraine even though it has not handed Kyiv an immediate breakthrough on the battlefield. Many questions still swirl after Russian mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner forces returned to base after Friday’s mutiny, which was called […]

Russian mercenary chief says he did not intend coup, Putin thanks those who stood down

Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin leaves the headquarters of the Southern Military District amid the group's pullout from the city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on 24th June, 2023.

Reuters The boss of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, two days after leading an aborted mutiny, on Monday said he never intended to overthrow the government, while Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Wagner fighters who stood down. Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin gave few clues about his own fate, including his whereabouts, or the deal under which […]

As soldiers mutiny in Burkina Faso, government dismisses talk of coup

Burkina Faso Ouagadougou protest

Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoReuters Sustained gunfire rang out from military camps in Burkina Faso on Sunday as mutinying soldiers demanded more support for their fight against Islamist militants and protesters ransacked the headquarters of President Roch Kabore’s political party.  The government called for calm, denying speculation on social media that the army had seized power or […]