• Yanukovych was warned twice by Ukraine’s Security Service about looming Russian invasion

    The Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) warned former president Yanukovych twice about an existing threat to the national security of Ukraine from Russia. He sent two letters to the president regarding the threat: one dated January 15, 2013 and another dated February 17, 2014.

    The UNIAN news agency reports that Prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko provided this information in the Obolonskyi District Court of Kyiv, during the questioning of MP Mykhailo Dobkin. According to Kravchenko, this …

  • General Pavel: NATO ready to provide weapons to Ukraine

    During his visit to Lviv, Czech General and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Petr Pavel, stated that the NATO Military Committee is ready to support Ukraine and supply it with weapons, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

    During the event, Pavel stated: “The NATO Military Committee will continue to assist Ukraine and will provide the tools and actions necessary to achieve this, which may include providing weapons to Ukraine.”

    Approximately 40 NATO Military Committee officers …

  • First Russian-made high-power turbine fell apart during tests

    The Russian gas turbine created by the Rostec Corporation as part of import phase-out program fell apart during tests, Reuters reports.

    The prototype, a modernized version of 110М gas turbine unit fell apart during tests and cannot be restored, Reuters reports citing its sources. The tests were performed at the Saturn factory in Rybinsk which is a part of the Rostec state corporation. According to one of the sources, the tests were conducted in December. There were efforts to restore the …

  • Ukraine's Navy Chief of Staff dismissed due to wife's Russian citizenship

    The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak dismissed the Navy Chief of Staff and First Deputy Commander of the Ukrainian Naval Forces, First Rank Captain Roman Gladky, reported Dumskaya Odessa news outlet, with reference to sources in the Ministry of Defense. Gladky was suspended for the duration of an official investigation into possible financial and economic violations, as well as the alleged Russian citizenship of his wife. According to Dumskaya Odessa, in the first two years of …

  • NATO Military Committee holds a historic first meeting in Lviv

    The visiting session of the NATO Military Committee at the level of military representatives was held in the Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi National Ground Forces Academy in Lviv.

    Head of the Regional State Administration Oleg Synyutka wrote on Facebook: "For the first time in the history of Ukraine, the visiting session of the NATO Military Committee was held in the Lviv region."

    According to the press service of the Lviv Regional State Administration, the head of the NATO Military Committee, …

  • Syrian Delegation arrives in annexed Crimea for Economic Forum

    A delegation from Syria led by Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mohammad Samer al-Khalil has arrived in the annexed Crimea to participate in the Yalta International Economic Forum. The delegation was met at the airport by the Kremlin-appointed head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov. The Crimea Inform News Agency reports that the delegation consists of seventy people.

    "Our priority task is the development of economic and trade relations to link Syria and Russia at the same level as the …

  • US State Department confirms death of Russian mercenaries in Syria

    Assistant US Secretary of State A. Wess Mitchell has said that Russian mercenaries are operating in Syria. Speaking on Wednesday at a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting on the topic of "US Policy in the Troubled Middle East," he stressed that Moscow “professes a wish to defeat ISIS but directs its bombs at fighters and even civilians who oppose the regime [of Bashar al-Assad].”

    He said that the Kremlin's actions could lead to further escalation of the conflict, threatening direct military …

  • Kremlin bans Russia's state-owned corporations Roskosmos and Rosatom from entering US market

    Without waiting for the results of the State Duma’s discussion of a package of counter-sanctions, the Russian government has banned the State Corporation for Space Activities, Roskosmos, and the state nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, from making contracts with companies from countries that uphold anti-Russian sanctions.

    The newspaper Kommersant reported with reference to a source in parliament and to the directors of the state corporations that the decision was intended as a response to …

  • Ukrainian Security Service publishes list of Wagner mercenaries transported to Syria by Russian Navy

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has released a list of mercenaries from the Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) who were transported to Syria by the Russian Navy, as announced in a statement by SBU head Vasyl Hrytsak, the department’s press service reports.

    “Despite the statements by the Russian Defense Ministry concerning the supposed ‘unsuitability’ of the Varyag cruiser for transporting personnel and equipment, the SBU is disclosing a list of Wagner PMC mercenaries who were secretly …

  • Russian officer comes under fire in Syrian Douma

    A Russian officer was wounded while accompanying a group of UN security officers into the Syrian city of Douma, Kommersant reported, citing sources in Damascus. The work of the OPCW inspectors to investigate the chemical attack has once again been delayed.

    The article notes that Russia’s Defense Ministry has been unable to acquire a prompt comment.

    On April 18, Reuters reported that UN security staff had come under fire in Douma.

    On April 16, the US accused Russia of not giving international …