• Belarus is ready to take control over the Ukrainian-Russian border in the Donbas

    Belarus is ready to take control over the Ukrainian-Russian border in the Donbas and organize local elections on the territories not controlled by Ukraine, as stated by the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during a conversation with the media and bloggers from Russia, Tut.by reports.

    "I spoke with Putin and told him that whatever the cost, we need to come up with something to begin the resolution process ... There will be no winners in this war. The longer the conflict lasts, the …

  • OSCE: The situation in the Donbas has worsened

    The number of bombings and shootings in the Donbas is now the highest since the beginning of the year, according to the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE.

    “Last week the amount of ceasefire violations documented by the OSCE-SMM was 160% greater than what had been documented before. It is the largest number of attacks since the beginning of the year,” said the principal deputy chief monitor of the OSCE-SMM to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, at a briefing, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    He also …

  • Lavrov is frustrated by meetings with the United States about Syria

    Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is frustrated with the progress of the meetings with the United States about Syria in Geneva. According to him, there have been results, but everything is being hampered by the inability to distinguish the terrorists from the opposition. This was said by the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry on air with the Russian television station Russia 24, RIA Novosti reports.

    “The meetings are producing results, but everything is held back by the very …

  • Russian TV channel taken off the air in Lithuania

    The Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (RTCL) decided on Wednesday, November 17th, to stop the rebroadcast of the Russian TV channel RTR Planeta for three months in response to the incitement to war, strife and ethnic hatred. This sanction was applied by RTCL after violations were recorded for the third time this year, Delfi reports. This decision will become effective as of Monday, November 21st, and will be enforced until the 21st of February.

    The last violation was recorded by the …

  • Human rights activists present evidence of Russia’s crimes in Crimea to the ICC

    The representatives of International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) have compiled a report detailing evidence of crimes against humanity in the annexed Crimea. They subsequently presented it to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The report, ‘International crimes in the Crimea: An assessment of two and a half years of Russian occupation’, was presented on the 17th of November in Kyiv.

    The report consisted of information relating to 15 enforced disappearances, data on 90 illegal …

  • Russian submarine launches cruise-missile test in the Arctic

    The Russian Lada-class submarine “Sankt Peterburg” hit a predetermined target in the Barents Sea with a cruise missile, the Northern Fleet’s press center told Interfax on November 17.

    "Today, the diesel-electric submarine Sankt-Peterburg executed a combat training plan and fired a cruise missile from a submerged position at a target in the Barents Sea,” the statement reads.

    The area in which training exercises were being conducted was closed to civilian shipping well in advance. Seven of the …

  • Lithuania adopted resolution for EU to extend sanctions against Russia

    Delfi has reported that the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania has adopted a resolution which calls on the EU to extend sanctions against the Russian Federation until the Minsk Agreements have been fully implemented.

    A total of 105 members of Parliament voted in favor of the resolution, none voted against it and one member abstained.

    According to the Lithuanian Parliament, any attempt to ease or lift sanctions against the Russian Federation would encourage the aggressive policy of the …

  • US Senate prepares a new bill against Russia

    U.S. Senators began work on a bill that, according to their plan, should become an effective response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Moscow’s attempts to influence the American elections.

    "Russia is a major challenge for America,” said Senator Benjamin Louis Cardin. “They are not our partners.”

    Cardin referred to Russia’s behavior in the world scene as “hooliganism." He reminded others that this year the USA accused Moscow of attempts at illegally penetrating computer …

  • The OSCE warned about the possibility of separatists attacking Mariupol

    During a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienn, the US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Daniel Baer, discussed the possibility of separatist forces attacking Mariupol and its surrounding area, UNIAN reports.

    “We are still seriously concerned with the buildup of forces of the joined Russian and separatist troops outside of Mariupol," Baer said. He reported that on November 14th Russian-separatist forces blocked access to the observers of the OSCE …

  • US 'deeply concerned' over Russia's ban of LinkedIn

    The US government is “deeply concerned” over Russia’s recent ban of the LinkedIn website, as stated by a spokesperson of the US Embassy in Moscow, Maria Olson, TASS reported.

    Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications, also known as Roskomnadzor, announced on Thursday that it had banned LinkedIn and instructed Russian telecommunications operators to block the website.

    According to Olson, "This decision is the first of …