The explosion at a grain factory near the Ukrainian border occurred the same day Russia launched a round of missile assaults on Ukrainian energy infrastructure, heightening fears that the conflict may spread to neighboring nations.
NATO will conduct long-planned nuclear drills next week. The drill will take place regardless of escalating tensions in Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin’s assertion that he is not bluffing about using all available means to defend Russian territory said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday.
At the top of the world, trade and resources are being fought for hegemony. The Northern Sea Route, also known as the Arctic Silk Road, provides a shipping link between Europe and Asia, bypassing the Suez and Panama Canals. Russia has militarized the region, building as many as 50 defensive outposts from the Barents Sea to Alaska.