Security Updates

Situation Update – Black Sea (31 October 2022)

Russia on Saturday 29 October announced that it was suspending its participation in the Black Sea grain initiative, which was reached in late July, following what it termed a “massive” drone attack on its Black Sea Fleet in the Crimean port of Sevastopol. One warship was damaged in the attack on Saturday, with Russian officials blaming the incident on Ukraine. In the wake of the attack, Ukrainian officials have disclosed that a total of 218 vessels are “effectively blocked” due to the decision. Prior to Saturday’s attack, the United Nations was attempting to broker an extension of the agreement beyond the November end date. 

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Advisory Update – Burkina Faso (1 October 2022)

On the evening of Friday 30 September, a statement signed by army captain Ibrahim Traoré and read out on national TV announced the ouster of military leader Lt Col Paul-Henri Damiba. Burkina Faso has now effectively suffered two coup d’états in less than a year. Before dawn on Friday 30 September, shots and explosions were heard in the capital Ouagadougou, with some coming from near the presidential palace and the main military barracks, Baba Sy. After sunrise, the city streets were largely deserted, with soldiers blocking some roads and guarding key strategic points. State television stopped broadcasting and gunfire was again heard during the afternoon hours on Friday. As concerns about a possible coup grew, Lt Col Damiba said that there was a “confused situation” created by “mood swings” amongst some soldiers. While he urged people to remain calm, he also stated that “negotiations were under way to bring back calm and serenity.”

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Security Advisory – Burkina Faso (30 September 2022)

Coup attempt appears to be taking place in Burkina Faso as of the morning of Friday 30 September. Reports from local media in the West African country are pointing to a coup attempt. Witnesses have reported a heavy military presence around the city. Schools are closed and residents are remaining indoors, waiting for updates on the developing situation.

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Maritime Advisory Update – Ukraine (22 September 2022)

Russia’s war in Ukraine is continuing, though in recent weeks, Ukrainian troops have made significant advances in previously held Russian territories.

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Security Advisory – China & Taiwan (3 August 2022)

Tensions have significantly risen in the past few days with the arrival of United States Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan on Tuesday 2 August, with China calling the visit “extremely dangerous.” The trip is the highest-ranking by an American politician to the island in 25 years, and comes amidst already heightened tensions between China and Taiwan. China views Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually be under Beijing’s control again.  Chinese President Xi Jinping has previously said that “reunification” with Taiwan “must be fulfilled,” and he has not ruled out the possible use of force to achieve this goal. Taiwan meanwhile views itself as an independent country, with its own constitution and democratically elected leaders. Tensions between China and Taiwan have however been on the rise in the past year. In 2021, China appeared to increase its pressure on Taiwan by sending military aircraft into Taiwan’s Air Defence Zone, a self-declared area where foreign aircraft are identified, monitored and controlled in the interests of national security. In 2020, Taiwan made data on plane incursions public, with the number of aircraft reported peaking in October 2021, with 56 incursions in a single day. China’s announcement of military drills being held in the coming days marks a significant escalation.   

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