Ukrainian servicemen are seen at their positions on the front line near Avdeyevka, Ukraine, August 10, 2016. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Michael Weiss and Pierre Vaux, Daily Beast: Is Ukraine Just About To Blow?
Countless omens signal a new war on its way, from troop movements to Russia’s “August Curse.” But this time they may be more smoke than fire.
On Wednesday the FSB, the successor organization to the KGB, declared that it had prevented “terrorist attacks” in Crimea over the weekend.
According to the security service, an FSB agent was killed in a firefight with saboteurs on Saturday night near Russian-occupied Armyansk, a town close to the frontier with mainland Ukraine. Several Russian and Ukrainian citizens were arrested, the report claims, and a cache of explosives and weapons was discovered.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 10, 2016
Syrian rebels' Aleppo success complicates strategies of Assad and Russia -- Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Reuters
Putin, Obama and The Battle for Aleppo -- Layla Saleh, The Conversation
Don’t celebrate ISIS setbacks too soon -- William McCants, Brookings
No end to the militias in Iraq -- Muhannad Al-Ghazi, Al-Monitor
China Backlash Over U.S. Missile Shield Puts North Asia on Edge -- Ting Shi, Bloomberg
What do 'hangars' on disputed islands in the South China Sea tell us? -- BBC
What Putin Wants But Doesn't Get from Erdogan -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Russia's Checkered History of Intelligence Sharing with the U.S. -- Michael Sulik, Cipher Brief
Three paths to European disintegration -- Philippe Legrain, Al Jazeera
Out of sight, out of mind? Europe's migrant crisis still simmers -- Michelle Kambas and Antonio Bronic, Reuters
Middle Class and Hungry in Venezuela -- Carlos Hernandez, New York Times
'People are complaining openly in Cuba and this has never happened before' -- Naomi Larsson, The Guardian
Could Trump Happen in Canada? You’d Be Surprised -- Tony Keller, Globe and Mai
The U.S. ICBM Force: Money Better Spent Elsewhere -- Luke O’Brien, RCD
US Diplomacy: Realism and Reality -- Samantha Power, New York Review Of Books
Is It OK for Spies to Elect a President? -- Shane Harris, Daily Beast