Separatists reject proposal for OSCE armed mission in the Donbas

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine expressed their opposition to the deployment of an OSCE armed police mission in the region. The Chairman of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, stated on the 24th of October in Moscow that the presence of any foreign groups in the territory of the self-proclaimed is contrary to the set of measures taken to consolidate peace.

Pushilin believes that the deployment of an OSCE armed group in the region would require changing the …

US warship entered the Black Sea

The USS Carney, a US destroyer equipped with the Aegis missile defense system, has entered the Black Sea. This information was made available on the Twitter page of the Turkish Bosphorus Naval News Portal.

This portal tracks the movement of ships through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles straits. The report said that “USS Carney is passing through Istanbul one day after the USS Mount Whitney left”.

In June, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on the dangerously close encounter of the Russian …

Human rights activists have demanded that Russia be excluded from the UNHRC

More than 80 human rights and humanitarian organizations have signed a petition to prevent the election of Russia into the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). According to British newspaper, The Independent, they are in opposition because of Russia’s policy towards Syria.

The organizations involved include the Human Rights Watch and Care International.

The newspaper noted that the petition appeared shortly before the next voting session on the structure of the UNHRC, which will be held on Friday. …

Sanctions against Russia were extended by five countries

Ukraine and four more countries have agreed with the EU Council’s decision to extend sanctions against Russia until the 15th of March 2017. These sanctions were initially imposed because of Russia’s involvement in the violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity. This was stated in a statement by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, on the 24th of October.

“The candidate countries of Montenegro and Albania, members of the …

Russian army units assumed combat duty in the Arctic

According to Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov, the military infrastructure in the Arctic has been developed to the point that several Russian army units have assumed combat duty in the region, TASS reported.

"The infrastructure preparedness on all the Arctic islands has already allowed units there to assume combat duty," Bulgakov stated.

The Deputy Defense Minister added that military facilities are still under construction in the Arctic, specifically in Tiksi, Anadyr, Vorkuta, …