• Russia announces surprise inspection to determine combat readiness of armed forces

    According to Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, a comprehensive inspection of the combat readiness of the country’s forces will be carried out.

    The plan to inspect was unexpectedly announced on the 25th of August and will be directed at the Southern, the Western and Central Military Districts and the Northern Fleet, as well as the High Command of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) and the Airborne Forces (VDV). This was reported by Shoygu.

    According to him, the first 24 hours will be …

  • Biden: Nord Stream 2 is bad for Europe

    The Vice-President of the USA, Joe Biden, said that Washington is convinced that the construction of the Russian gas pipeline project "Nord Stream 2" is a bad thing for Europe.

    "This will allow Russia to destabilize Ukraine,” Biden said on the 25th of August, 2016 in Stockholm, adding that Europe needs to diversify its sources of gas supply. "No country should use energy as a weapon," Biden said appealing to Russia.

    Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline under construction that is intended to …

  • Russia's Black Sea Fleet begins naval exercises

    The Black Sea Fleet of Russia has started naval exercises. Their press service announced on Wednesday that the exercises would last until August 27th. According to their press release, “At the initial stage, Naval Forces will perform anti-submarine tasks, deploy anti-mine forces and carry out minefield operations.”

    Crews of the mine-sweepers Turbinist and Ivan Golubets will search and destroy minefields mainly by shooting at floating mines. The guard ship Admiral Grigorovich and small anti- …

  • Ukraine and Iran continue negotiations on oil supply

    Kiev and Tehran are discussing the possibility of Iran supplying oil to Ukrainian and European refineries, as reported by Trend, citing a source in the Ministry of Energy and Coal Mining of Ukraine.

    The transport route of the oil supplies and the economic details of the project have not been specified yet.

    Earlier, Ukrtransnafta announced that the transit of the Iranian oil to markets in Central and Eastern Europe are under consideration as well as the supply of raw materials for processing …

  • Petition appears in Germany calling for accession of Saxony to Russia

    Stern, a German magazine, reported that a group of German activists has created a petition demanding the secession of Saxony from the Federal Republic of Germany and its accession to the Russian Federation. The petition, created two weeks ago by an organization called Pro Putin Partei (pro-Putin party), is available on the websites change.org and Openpetition.de and has already gained 603 votes.

    "We are constantly witnessing the fact that the dictatorship of the EU will stop at nothing! That …

  • Ukraine and Estonia to hold joint military exercises in 2017

    Ukraine and Estonia are considering the possibility of holding joint military exercises in 2017. This was discussed during a meeting between the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Stepan Poltorak, and his Estonian counterpart, Hannes Hanso, which was held in Kiev on the 24th of August. This was reported by the press service of the Defense Ministry.

    “The General of the Army of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, discussed the importance of the development and continuation of cooperation between the defense …

  • Norway begins construction of wall along Russian border

    Norway has begun the construction of a wall along the Russian border. Polish Radio reports that the wall will be 200 meters long and three and a half meters high.

    The wall will be built at the Storskog border checkpoint. The goal is to protect the northern border of the Schengen area from an influx of refugees.

    Refugees are now using the route through Russia, along its border with the EU, more frequently due to the closure of the migration corridor that ran through the Balkans. Last year, the …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to Latvia: The West shouldn't abandon its principles with regard to Russia

    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Latvia Yevhen Perebiynis stated in his interview to Latvijas Avīzē that Europe shouldn’t abandon its principles or its sanctions against Russia in the name of short-term economic benefits.

     “We can’t fail to note that some EU countries, not without the influence of Russia, issued statements that sanctions could be lifted without implementation of the Minsk Agreements. We took care of this situation and clarified our …

  • Ukrainian Prosecutor General: Courts have received 900 corruption cases in six months

    In the first half of 2016, law enforcement officials have sent almost 900 corruption cases to the courts to begin criminal proceedings, as stated by the Prosecutor General, Yuriy Lutsenko, during his speech in honor of Ukrainian Independence Day, the press service of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine reported. "The verdicts have already been made on 276 of these corruption cases," Lutsenko said.

    According to the Prosecutor General, losses amounting to more than 780 million UAH were established …

  • Merkel: The situation with the Minsk Agreements remains complicated

    The situation with the regard to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements remains complicated. This was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference with Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas in Tallinn on the 24th of August.

    “The situation with the implementation of the Minsk Agreements is extremely complicated. We have not achieved everything that we wanted,” she said, adding that “it's necessary to find a way out together and I hope that with joint efforts, …