• Media: Information leak led to the recent death of Russian General in Syria

    Russian General Valery Asapov died in Syria because of the information leak on his whereabouts to militants of the terrorist group Islamic State, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reports citing its source in the Syrian security services.

    According to the source, this version is confirmed by the investigation conducted by the Syrian authorities.

    "The results of the preliminary investigation into the death of General Asapov in Deir ez-Zor revealed a leak of information about his whereabouts to …

  • Ukraine joins initiative to remove Russian national team from Winter Olympics

    The National Anti-Doping Center (NADC) of Ukraine has supported the initiative to remove the Russian national team from the Winter Olympics, which will be held in February in South Korea, as stated on the website of the NADC of Ukraine.

    "On September 14, 2017, in Denver (USA), a special meeting of 17 heads of national anti-doping organizations was held under the auspices of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO) .The two-day meeting discussed issues of the responsibility …

  • Klimkin: Ukraine will submit a draft resolution on peacekeepers in the Donbas, agreed with foreign partners

    Ukraine will propose a draft resolution on the peacekeeping mission in the Donbas to the UN Security Council, after it coordinates the position with foreign partners, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.

    "Nothing has begun regarding the Russian resolution, except for very formal consultations, and even then, only one round was held just to react. We will not take the bait. First, [we propose] the joint position with the "big seven", with the EU. China is also important… Only then …

  • IMF mission to Ukraine postponed again

    The International Monetary Fund has not yet planned to send a mission to Ukraine to review the credit program, which indicates a further delay in the allocation of the fifth tranche.

    In an interview with RBC-Ukraine news agency, IMF Resident Representative in Ukraine Gosta Ljungman said that when the mission arrives, it will be determined when the fund sees the prerequisites for reviewing the program.

    “The date of the mission’s arrival for the next review has not yet been determined. We are …

  • Ukrainian President asks Canada to share satellite intelligence about Russia

    Petro Poroshenko has appealed to Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau with a request to grant Kyiv access to satellite reconnaissance data. The Ukrainian president himself spoke about this in an interview with the Canadian television channel CBC.

    As Poroshenko explained, Kyiv is interested in satellite images of the border with Russia. According to the Ukrainian authorities, the data that Canadian satellites can provide would help with tracking the movement of Russian troops in the Donbas. …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Ukraine asks U.S. for attack drones

    Ukraine has asked the United States for drones and other modern 21st century weapons, as  stated on Monday evening by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin on the program “Freedom of Speech,” which airs on the ICTV television station.

    “...and that we get new drones, including attack drones,” said Klimkin, answering a question about the state of negotiations with the U.S. about providing weapons to Ukraine.

    According to him, Ukraine is also interested in counterbattery, …

  • Russia sends Special Forces to Minsk for joint exercises with Belarus

    On Monday, September 25, a unit of Russian Special Forces arrived in Minsk, the capital city of Belarus, as   reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Russia.

    "Today, a unit of separate, special-purpose Russian Airborne Troops arrived in Minsk to take part in a joint, bilateral, tactical, special exercise," the report says.

    According to the Defense Ministry, preparations for the training will be carried out from September 25 to October 8.

    "During the exercise, which will …

  • Russian Ministry of Defense: 15,000 schoolchildren in the southern regions of Russia joint 'Young Army' youth movement

    In the territory of the Southern Military District of Russia, which includes the annexed Crimea, 15,000 young men and women are members of the "Yunarmia” (Young Army) youth movement, as reported by the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry. According to its information, more than 200 regional branches of the Yunarmia movement were registered on the district’s territory. The Defense Ministry intends to establish clubs and military units with military registration specialties for the …

  • Lavrov: the US will not strike North Korea because of Pyongyang nuclear capabilities

    The US will not attack North Korea, because they are certain that Pyongyang has nuclear weapons, as stated by the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, in an interview on NTV channel.

    "The Americans will not strike [North] Korea, because they not only suspect, but they know for sure, that they have nuclear bombs," the Minister said. According to him, President Vladimir Putin, "more than once" said that "it is impossible to imagine" that the United States, or other countries have …

  • Media: Four governors in Russia may lose their positions by the end of the week

    This week, in several Russia’s regions, a reshuffle of local governors may take place. According to newspaperKommersant, one of the vacated seats may be given to the head of state-run aerospace concern Oboronprom.

    Kommersant’s reports citing its sources that this week's resignations are expected in the Ivanovo, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Murmansk, Novosibirsk, and Omsk regions, the Nenets Autonomous Okrug (NAO), and the Krasnoyarsk and Altai Krais. However, the interlocutors of the newspaper …