Britain and the US must now act on the nuclear weapons assurances given to Ukraine

Two decades ago Ukraine was the world’s third largest nuclear super-power. The east European nation inherited a nuclear arsenal bigger than that of the UK, China and France combined, when it declared its independence from the Soviet Union in August 1991.  The country of then 52 million people, which today is being invaded by Russian forces, gained physical control of approximately 1,900 strategic nuclear warheads and 2,500 tactical nuclear weapons, including an arsenal of SS-19 and SS-24 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and dozens of Tupolev strategic bombers with >>>

Hand back Donetsk its original British name

“Donetsk is a British city! God Save the Queen!” – so an online social media referendum campaign, slightly tongue-in-cheek, promulgated earlier this year. The link with Britain comes from John Hughes, a Welsh businessman, the city’s founder, who launched the first iron-works at the end of the 19th century and subsequently built a steel plant and opened several coal mines in the region. The town was consequently named Yuzovka, or Hughesovka (“Юз” being a Cyrillic approximation of Hughes). Today, the eastern Ukrainian city of 1 million residents is seeing intense >>>