Security Updates

Updated Advisory – Ukraine (25 Feb 2022)

As of mid-day Friday February 25, maritime ports in Ukraine are closed as per orders from the Ukrainian military.

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Advisory – Black Sea and Sea of Azov (24 Feb 2022)

Russian media reports indicate that two Russian cargo ships have been hit by Ukrainian missiles.

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Maritime Advisory – Black Sea and Sea of Azov (24 Feb 2022)
Early on 24 February, Russian forces launched a major military assault on Ukraine, with reports indicating missile strikes and explosions in major cities.
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Mali Advisory (11 Jan 2022)

Over the weekend, regional bloc ECOWAS imposed new sanctions on Mali as the transitional government in the West African country attempts to extend its hold on power. The move to impose a raft of economic and diplomatic sanctions was in response to Malian military leaders’ desire to push back elections until 2025. With a number of airlines from neighbouring countries and former colonial ruler France cancelling flights to Mali on 10 January, the military junta is increasingly being isolated as repercussions from the August 2020 military coup and continued political upheaval continue. This isolation however could enable Russia to further strengthen its ties with the West African nation.

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Situation Update – Ethiopia (5 November 2021)

A year into the war in Ethiopia, and rebellious forces from the country’s Tigray region have pushed to within a day’s drive of the capital city Addis Ababa and are threatening to march on the city. The situation has been further complicated by the announcement late on 4 November 2021 by a broad coalition of Ethiopian armed groups and political actors who say that they will form a new alliance on Friday 5 November “in response to the scores of crises facing the country” and to fight against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. As fighting continues on the ground and concerns grow about the security situation in the capital, the United Nations Security Council is set to hold a public meeting on Friday afternoon about the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia as calls earlier in the week for a ceasefire by the East African bloc and the European Union have gone unanswered.  

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