• Russia accuses the United States of unfair competition

    Russia is trying to hedge risks related to instances of unfair competition on the part of the United States in the market of military and technical cooperation. It will fight such instances, said Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov,  commenting on the recent statements of the US State Department that announced that Russia had lost contracts with some foreign countries amounting to more than $3 billion due to new US sanctions, RBC news agency reports.

    "You know, it's a very, …

  • United States Deputy Secretary of State explains purpose of supplying Ukraine with defensive weapons

    During a speech at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, United States Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan explained that his country’s goal in providing Ukraine with defensive weapons is to ensure Ukraine’s protection against external aggressive attacks, UNIAN reports.

    Speaking about defensive weapons, the diplomat said that "these weapons should not be a threat to anyone who does not conceive of aggression or offensive actions." The speech, in this case, regarded an installment of sniper …

  • US to help Georgia in fight against Russian propaganda

    The United States will help Georgia to fight against Russia’s hybrid warfare, Voice of America reports.

    With financial assistance from the US embassy, a series of training programs on strategic communication for civil servants was launched on February 20.

    “Today, when many governments, especially Russia, are actively using various means of hybrid warfare, and strategic communication has become a powerful weapon not only for shaping the public opinion, but also for direct implementation of …

  • Court stops questioning of Ukrainian President Poroshenko in Yanukovych case after improper question regarding Poroshenko's vacation in the Maldives

    The court in Kyiv has prematurely stopped the examination of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the trial of former President Viktor Yanukovych on charges of high treason. The questioning, which was being conducted through video communication, was cut short because the defense was addressing the president with improper questions, the TV channel 112 Ukraine reports.

    “The defense (of Yanukovych) has intentionally asked questions that are unrelated to these criminal proceedings, and is not …

  • Russian media reveals the total number of Wagner Group mercenaries fighting in Syria

    At least 3,602 fighters are serving in the Russian “Wagner” private military company (PMC), reported Republic (formerly Slon) news outlet, citing the Wagner PMC’s payroll.

    As the news outlet points out, one of the divisions on the list contains private badge numbers from 1 to 3602. Republic did not specify how many badge owners were currently in the company’s active service, but it did point out that one of the names on the list – Yevgeny Alikov from Russia’s Arkhangelsk province – had died in …

  • Spain extradites Russian businessman accused of stealing from FSB

    Spain has extradited Invest Victoria CEO Mikhail Lyagin, who is accused of stealing more than 550 million rubles ($9.7 million) from an FSB enterprise, the press service of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) told Interfax.

    Russia’s Investigative Committee has charged Lyagin according to two articles of the Criminal Code – Art. 159 (fraud on an especially large scale) and Art. 174 (money laundering). The case is being overseen by the Sochi department of the Russian Ministry of …

  • US representative Volker: Ukraine will be able to buy additional weapons from US

    In an interview with Evropeyskaya Pravda,the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker stated that the military assistance program for Ukraine provides both free weapons and those for sale.

    “As you know, during the Obama administration, the U.S. also provided assistance to Ukraine in the security sphere, but there was a clear restriction: there could not be anything lethal. The Trump administration lifted this Obama-era restriction. This expands the ability of the United States to …

  • EU agrees to extend individual sanctions against Russia for six months

    On Wednesday, ambassadors of the countries of the European Union agreed to extend a package of individual sanctions against Russia for six more months. These sanctions, which provide for the freezing of assets and the ban on obtaining visas, are in place because of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and the war in the Donbas.

    According to Rikard Jozwiak, the Brussels correspondent for Radio Liberty, the European Union has extended for another six months the sanctions applied to 150 citizens and …

  • Kurds report that Syrian government forces are in Afrin

    The statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the Turkish military stopped the advance of Damascus-backed troops into the city of Afrin is untrue, spokesman for Kurdish self-defense forces Reyzan Hedu told RIA Novosti.

    “The forces sent (to Afrin) are directed by the Syrian government, from the command of the Syrian army. Erdogan turned out to be a bad traffic policeman today, saying that he stopped the movement of Syrian forces that were heading to Afrin. That statement is not …

  • Ukrainian Chief Military Prosecutor: 11 Russian citizens have been detained in past four years in Ukraine

    In Ukraine, military special services have detained 11 Russian citizens under different circumstances, as stated by Chief Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios, 112 Ukraine reports.

    "Military special services have detained 11 citizens of the Russian Federation, they have been identified – three of them are professional soldiers. Indictments against all of them have been sent to the court. They include "participation in terrorist organizations" and sentences have been imposed. That is, the whole " …