• Estonian Defense Minister: Russia regularly violates our airspace

    Russian warplanes regularly violate Estonian airspace. This was reported by the Minister of Defense of Estonia, Hannes Hanso, during a visit to Paris on the 3rd of May. He added that this is “extremely reckless behavior” by Moscow.

    “They are violating our airspace fairly regularly. They fly over the Baltic Sea with their transponders switched off,” Hanso reported.

    He added that even though military radar can detect a plane which has its transponders turned off, civilian aircraft are unable to …

  • Savchenko refuses to sign the documents for extradition to Ukraine

    Nadiya Savchenko has refused to sign the documents for extradition to Ukraine. She explained her decision in a letter posted on her Facebook page.

    “I am outraged! The officials brought me a set of documents to complete for my extradition to Ukraine. I laughed wildly after reading them. The first question asked what my purpose was for crossing the Russian border. Can you imagine such a question? I answered that I was kidnapped by the Russian secret service. They immediately changed my answer to …

  • US tanks arrive in Georgia for joint military exercises

    More than a dozen US M1A2 Abram tanks have arrived in Georgia to participate in the Noble Partner 2016 military exercises, Radio Svoboda reported.

    The exercises involving American, Georgian, and British soldiers will begin on May 11th.

    The Abrams tanks and Bradley M2 infantry fighting vehicles arrived in Vaziani, a suburb of Tbilisi, on Thursday, at a former Russian army base.

    "Exercise Noble Partner is a bilateral effort focused on enhancing U.S. and Georgian NATO Response Force …

  • OSCE reiterates that military parades in the Donbas on May 9th will violate the Minsk Agreements

    The OSCE has once again stressed that the presence of heavy weapons during military parades in Donetsk and Luhansk on May 9th will be a violation of the Minsk Agreements, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    According to Alexander Hug, the Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, "historical heritage is important, but [the presence of] heavy weapons in the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk is a violation of Minsk and a threat to the people".

    As previously reported, on April …

  • Poroshenko issues indefinite moratorium on payment of 'Yanukovych's debt'

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, signed the law adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine that placed an indefinite moratorium on the repayment of Eurobonds on the loan provided by Russia to Ukraine in December 2013.

    The corresponding law amending Article 4 of the Law of Ukraine “On specific features of dealing with sovereign and local debt guaranteed by the state” was signed by the President on the 29th of April.

    The law excluded a phrase "and will remain in force until the 1st of …

  • Media: Russia blocked the UN's condemnation of nuclear testing by North Korea

    Reuters reported that Russia has amended the statement of the U.N. Security Council condemning the nuclear tests of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), effectively blocking the adoption of the document. Last week, Pyongyang tested two ballistic missiles, which prompted British Deputy U.N. Ambassador Peter Wilson to say “The Security Council should respond quickly. We don’t understand why Russia has blocked the statement but the other members of the Security Council must accept …

  • Scaparrotti: NATO should provide Ukraine with weapons

    NATO's new Supreme Allied Commander, U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, plans to identify what weapons Ukraine needs to better protect itself.

    Scaparrotti addressed the issue on Wednesday at a press conference at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium.

    "I do believe that we should support the Ukrainians with what they need to successfully defend their territory and their sovereignty," Scaparrotti said.

    "I'll take a look at that as the SACEUR [Supreme Allied …

  • NATO to discuss establishing a rotational ground force in the Baltic States

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told journalists travelling with him to the U.S-European Command in Stuttgart on May 2nd that NATO is considering the possibility of establishing a rotational ground force in the Baltic States and Poland as a deterrent to Russian aggression.

    According to Ashton Carter, there is a proposal to establish four rotational ground battalions consisting of 4,000 soldiers each.

    These troops will be created in addition to the U.S. Armed Brigade comprised of 4,200 …

  • Intelligence: Russian soldiers began to dismantle and transport metallurgical plant from the Donbas

    As reported by the press service of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, separatists have begun dismantling industrial facilities in the Donbas region."On May 3rd servicemen of the 4th Division Motorized Rifle Brigade (Alchevsk) and the 2nd Army Corps of  Russian Armed Forces (Luhansk)  started the dismantling and removal of equipment from the Alchevsk Metallurgical Plant,” the statement read.Earlier, intelligence reported that Russian Presidential Aide …

  • Russian production of a next generation missile boat to begin in Crimea after Victory Day

    The construction of a new generation missile boat, named Storm, will begin on the 10th of May in Feodosia.

    The small Project 22800 boat was designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau.

    According to the Defense Ministry, the short term goal is to build more than 10 such boats for the Russian Navy.Two more small missile boats, named Hurricane and Typhoon, are already being built at the Pella Shipyard in St. Petersburg.These new generation missile boats have a displacement of 800 tons and …