The UK’s 83 military interventions around the world since 1945

The British military has used or threatened to use military force much more in the postwar world than is conventionally remembered or believed. Declassified has documented 83 interventions by the UK armed forces since 1945, in 47 different countries. The most striking of the British uses of force have been the overt invasions or armed […]

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British intelligence predicted Ukraine war 30 years ago

When British intelligence warned that Vladimir Putin was about to attack Ukraine earlier this year, the spooks’ foresight won many plaudits. Yet their prediction mirrored a scenario Whitehall had long known might unfold. In May 1992, just six months after the Soviet Union broke up, Britain’s then Prime Minister John Major was being briefed by […]

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Explainer: Britain’s proxy war on Russia

The Ukraine conflict is also a British one, given the extensive UK role in the war, with Whitehall supporting Kyiv to repel Russia’s brutal invasion in numerous ways outlined in this Explainer. However, UK governments do not go to war for moral or humanitarian purposes; only for strategic gain. In Ukraine, Whitehall’s main goal is […]

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Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon met House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the US Capitol in May. (Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty)

Should an independent Scotland aspire to Nato membership?

To consider Scotland’s possible interest in Nato membership in light of the current crisis in Ukraine, we should look at some significant milestones in post-cold war history.  When the cold war was over, Soviet and Russian leaders from Mikhail Gorbachev to Vladimir Putin proposed a new Euro-Atlantic security alliance —“from Dublin to Vladivostok”.  But then […]

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Britain’s bumbling foreign policy over Taiwan and Ukraine

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, foreign secretary Liz Truss has given at least three speeches saying the UK must enable Taiwan to “defend itself” against possible Chinese aggression. Clearly, China and the island of 24 million Taiwanese lying 100 miles off its shore, is very much on the minds of British officials as they aid Ukraine’s […]

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Ukrainians strip a Russian tank near Kharkiv on 16 May 2022. (Photo: John Moore / Getty)

Does the Ukraine war mean Britain should increase military spending?

Last week Russia celebrated Victory Day, marking the end of the Great Patriotic War, its name for World War Two. Putin’s address made clear that, for him, Ukraine was a conflict between NATO and Russia which would continue until it was won. At the same time as the victory parade in Moscow, Britain’s defence secretary […]

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Liz Truss at the Lord Mayor’s Easter Banquet. (Photo: Dan Kitwood / Getty)

Dangerous ambiguity: UK policy towards Ukraine

For decades many in the West may look back in horrified wonder at the killings of men, women and children, the war crimes and the attacks on hospitals and schools in Ukraine. Was it avoidable? It should have been. Declassified has highlighted Vladimir Putin’s long standing threats over Ukraine and Russia’s special links to the […]

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Maz Saleem (right) at a hearing into her father’s murder. (Photo: Oli Scarff / Getty)

Ukraine war: ‘Fantastic opportunity’ for British far-right fighters

Maz Saleem’s 82-year-old father Mohammed was fatally stabbed by Pavlo Lapshyn in 2013. Lapshyn, a white supremacist from Ukraine, went on to plant bombs outside three mosques in the Midlands before being arrested.  In a police interview, he said his motive was to “increase racial conflict”. The year after Lapshyn’s attack, fellow neo-Nazis in Ukraine […]

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Ukraine far-right groups with UK-made rocket launchers (Design: DCUK)

Ukraine neo-Nazis pictured with UK-made rocket launchers

A Ukrainian neo-Nazi group in the besieged city of Kharkiv is said to have received anti-tank missiles made in Belfast. Images of the controversial Azov regiment with the Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapon (NLAW) were tweeted on Tuesday by Nexta TV, a Belarusian opposition media outlet.  “The Azov regiment was the first to learn about […]

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Ben Grant travels to Ukraine. (Screengrab: Twitter / Ukraine military)

Son of Boris Johnson’s special envoy joins Ukraine foreign legion

Exclusive: British fighters in Ukraine believed to be led by top Tory’s son.

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Alex, a British veteran who served in Afghanistan as a paramedic, waits to enter Ukraine via Medyka, Poland, on 6 March 2022. (Photo: Omar Marques / Getty)

Ukraine foreign legion: ‘Some of them will lay down their lives’

At least 6,000 people from Britain are said to be considering joining the new “International Legion of Territorial Defence of Ukraine”.  Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky set up this foreign legion just days after Russia invaded. It was quickly welcomed by UK foreign secretary Liz Truss.  Asked by the BBC last Sunday if she supported British […]

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A Vanguard-class submarine moored at Faslane (Photo: Phil Miller / DCUK)

Britain’s nuclear arsenal

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has placed his nuclear forces on high alert and threatened Nato with “consequences they have never seen” if the West tries to stop his illegal invasion of Ukraine. The terrifying threat turned ‘nuclear war’ into one of the most googled terms on Monday morning and prompted rare reflection in the national […]

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There are now fears Putin could invade the rest of Donbas. (Photo: Aris Messinis / AFP via Getty)

As Russian troops cross the border, what’s next for Ukraine?

Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognise the rebel-held territories of Donetsk and Lugansk makes a diplomatic settlement with Ukraine much more difficult, even though its practical impact is to formalise existing Russian support for the rebels. It does not so far extend beyond the line of contact to take in the whole Donbas region which would […]

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British commanders (left) meet with senior officials from Ukraine’s National Guard in Kyiv, September 2021. (Photo: NGU)

UK commanders in Ukraine met neo-Nazi-linked National Guard to ‘deepen military cooperation’

Details and photos of the meeting in the capital, Kyiv, were posted in Ukrainian on the website of Ukraine’s National Guard (NGU) last year.  Declassified understands the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) believed the September 2021 meeting to be private and should not have been publicised. There is no mention of the meeting in any […]

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Communication towers in Ukraine. Britain financed the installation of 16 radio transmitters in eastern Ukraine to broadcast to Russia-backed rebel regions. (Photo: Anton Petrus / Moment)

UK spends over £80m on media in 20 countries around Russia

The British government is spending tens of millions on media projects in Eastern Europe which are often presented as fighting “Russian disinformation”, but which may involve the UK’s own information operations

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The US reactivates a Cold War-era nuclear artillery unit in Germany, 8 November 2021 (Photo: DoD)

Ukraine crisis: How can peace be secured in Europe?

Diplomats must keep talking to defuse tensions with Russia and negotiate a new pan-European security deal, an international relations expert tells Declassified.

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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss rides a tank in Estonia (Photo: Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street)

Who’s driving the Russia invasion scare?

Why have the US and the UK chosen to whip up a massive campaign against a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, that makes no sense in mid-winter against a well-equipped and fiercely patriotic Ukraine?

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Revealed: UK ignored Chechnya war crimes to push BP’s oil interests as it worked to get Vladimir Putin elected in 2000

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The British government sought, in 2000, to integrate Putin’s Russia into the Western-ruled economic system, despite its brutal military campaign in Chechnya, documents obtained by Declassified show.

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Belarus military has received assistance from the UK a dozen times in past five years

The UK military has been quietly building links with the Belarusian armed forces, including providing urban warfare training, despite the British government’s public criticism of Europe’s last dictator, Declassified UK has found.

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The UK has approved over £200 million worth of exports with potential military use to Russia since the Salisbury poisonings

In the two years since a British citizen died following a chemical attack by Russian military intelligence officers in southern England, the UK government has licenced £232-million worth of controlled equipment to Russia, Declassified UK has found.

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