UN General Assembly adopts resolution on ‘militarization problem’ of Crimea

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution proposed by Ukraine on “militarization problem” of Crimea and the waters of the Azov and Black Sea. 66 countries supported the document, 19 were against it, 72 – abstained. The resolution stated that presence of the Russian military in Crimea contradicts the national sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The document also condemns Russia because of constructing a bridge across the Kerch Strait. Source: TASS

Russia Builds New Military Barracks On Disputed Islands Near Japan

Russia says it has built new barracks to house its troops on a disputed island chain near Japan and will build more military facilities there next year. The December 17 announcement by the Defense Ministry is likely to anger Tokyo, which wants Moscow to reduce its military activity on the Russia-administered chain, known in Japan as the Northern Territories and in Russia as the Southern Kuriles. Source: Radio Free Europe