• Ukraine has successfully tested newest Vilkha missiles

    The former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov reported on his Facebook page that the tests of the Ukrainian missile systems Vilkha took place at a military test site in the Odesa region.

    He noted that launches of long-range missiles Vilkha-M and missiles with a cluster warhead Vilkha-R were held.

    According to Turchynov, the tests will continue until the end of the week when the launches of cruise missiles of the mobile system Neptune …

  • Estonian Finance Minister wants to spend less on upgrade of border with Russia

    Estonian Finance Minister Martin Helme from the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) suggested that the country could save money by spending less on the border with Russia, RIA Novosti reports.

    “The border must be built more cheaply than planned. Without all the bells and whistles. There are more rational solutions,” Helme said.

    He also said that less money should be invested in the construction of public sector buildings. Instead, he called for investments that stimulate the economy. …

  • Russia to deliver new batch of weapons to Central African Republic

    A second batch of weapons is scheduled to be delivered to the Central African Republic (CAR) over the next few weeks, Viktor Tokmakov, second secretary of the Russian embassy in the CAR, told the RBC news agency on 23 May.

    “We received authorization for the shipment already in January 2019, and now preparations are being made,” he said.

    The new shipment will be done “free of charge” and will include only firearms and ammunition, Tokmakov noted. The exact arrival date is not known.

    30 Russian …

  • Russia promises to retaliate if US builds radar station in Norway

    When the American radar station has been completed on the Norwegian island of Vardø in the Barents Sea not far from the Russian border, Moscow will take retaliatory steps, promised Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova during a press conference, RIA Novosti reports.

    She noted that the Globus II station under construction on Vardø Island is only 50 km from Russia’s border, and will be used by Norway’s military intelligence.

    “It is not really a secret for anyone that the …

  • Kyiv: U.S. Senate proposes increasing assistance to Ukraine in defense budget up to $300 million

    The United States Senate proposes to increase aid to Ukraine up to 300 million dollars in the defense budget for 2020 and significantly expand the security assistance to Ukraine, reports the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States.

    "United States Senate Committee on Armed Services approved the U.S. National Defense Budget proposal for 2020", which authorizes the allocation of 300 million dollars to the Pentagon to provide security assistance to Ukraine. The amount has increased by 50 million …

  • Russia to send soldiers to Congo

    During talks held in Moscow, Vladimir Putin and President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso agreed that Russian military will be sent to Congo, according to the contract published on the Kremlin’s website. 

    RIA Novosti, citing Deputy Minister of Defense Alexander Fomin, reported that the two sides are also negotiating arms transfers. “We expect that we will be requested to supply new equipment. There is a need for it,” the official explained.

    The parties signed …

  • Former Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland denied a Russian visa

    Victoria Nuland, the former State Department representative and former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, was denied a Russian visa because she was blacklisted, according to the newspaper Kommersant.

    According to the newspaper, the former official was planning to fly to Moscow for an international conference, organized in part by the Russian Council on International Affairs (RIAC, headed by former Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov). It took place on May 20-21. …

  • Zelensky wants to survey Ukrainians about negotiations with Russia

    At a meeting with public activists in the president’s administration, President Vladimir Zelensky said that putting the question of concluding peace agreements with Russia to a referendum has no legislative initiative, but this is a way to assess popular opinion, according to the President’s website.

     “We must listen to every person. This is not a legislative referendum, but an informational one. Citizens, what do you think? We are having a regular conversation with the people,” said Zelensky. …

  • Half of Russian regions in recession

    With the Russian Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) recording a slowdown of Russia’s GDP, which grew by only 0.5% in the first quarter, the least since 2017, half of the country’s regions have already plunged into a recession reports finanz.ru.

    At the end of March, an increase in economic activity was documented in only 42 of Russia’s 86 federal subjects, observes the Moscow-based Higher School of Economics (HSE) in its “Commentaries on the government and business”.

    The number of …

  • Kyiv: Russian Black Sea ports and Crimea suffer losses due to sanctions

    The Black Sea ports of annexed Crimea and neighboring Russia suffered a loss of more than 760 million rubles (around $11.8 million) in 2018 due to sanctions, reports the Ukrainian Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.

    “By comparison with other years, specifically 2015, 2016 and 2017, the annual revenue of the Black Sea Ports Administration was between 32 and 152 million rubles. In 2018, the Black Sea Ports Administration’s earnings were only 359.6 …