• Azov Battalion establishes new political party

    On October 14th, the founding congress of the new political party “National Corps” will take place in Kyiv, according to the website of Civil Corps of Azov.

    “An initiative group of the new political party consists of members of the public organization Civil Corps of Azov, veterans of the Azov Regiment of the National Guard, volunteers and Ukrainian patriots,” the statement of the Civil Corps of Azov reads. Civil Corps of Azov is a non-military organization created by the Azov National Guard …

  • Russia conducted three ballistic missile tests

    On the 12th of October, Russia launched the Topol intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk launch site. This was reported by the Russian Defense Ministry. It was also reported that the missile’s warhead successfully hit the test target on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

    On the same day, the Sineva intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from the Barents Sea from the Northern Fleet’s Novomoskovsk submarine. The missile was aimed at the Kura test site in Kamchatka and, according to …

  • 'Friends of Ukraine' group wants to include the US in the Normandy format

    The U.S. wants to be seen as a participant in the Normandy Group negotiations regarding the settlement of the situation in the Donbas region along with Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany. The members of the informal group ‘Friends of Ukraine,’ consisting of seven prominent European Union politicians, are appealing for this change, as reported by Politico.

    It is noted that the Declaration was published on behalf of the former NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Secretary …

  • Media: Several EU countries are considering extending sanctions on Russia over Syria

    Several EU countries including Britain, France, and Germany, are exploring the possibility of imposing sanctions against Russia due to the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, as reported by the Financial Times, citing a high-ranking diplomat in the EU.

    As Reuters notes, citing French and British diplomats, the possibility of adding up to 12 names to the ‘Syrian sanctions list’ is being considered. However, for these measures to be adopted, they must be approved by all 28 countries of the …

  • US spy planes observed test launches of Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles

    On the 12th of October, Interfax reported that two US Air Force RC-135S reconnaissance aircraft were sent to observe the launches of Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles. These aircraft were sent by the Pentagon to the Russian borders in the areas of the Barents Sea and Kamchatka.

    This is according to websites that track the movement of military aircraft.

    According to these sites, the RC-135 modification S aircraft are designed to collect telemetry data on test missile launches. This …

  • Savchenko met with separatists in the Donbas

    Speaking at a PACE session, Verkhovna Rada MP and former prisoner Nadiya Savchenko stated that she was recently in separatist-held territory and met with the people who had held her captive for two years.

    “For those who want to understand and know what is happening in the Donbas, in the occupied territory where I was held pretty recently, I met with people who quite recently held me captive—these people realized what Russia is and what they’re dealing with,” she said.

    According to Savchenko, …

  • Italian Chamber of Deputies rejected draft resolution on the lifting of sanctions against Russia

    In Italy the Chamber of Deputies rejected five draft resolutions calling for the lifting of sanctions against the Russian Federation, as indicated by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Italy, Yevhen Perelygin, on his Facebook page.

    "In anticipation of the positive results from the PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) session in Strasbourg, there is good news from Rome. According to a report by Matteo Renzi regarding the participation of Italy in the meeting of the EU Council, the …

  • Eight representatives from Italy visited the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic

    The authorities of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) reported the arrival of the first group of foreign tourists to the unrecognized republic. The separatists’ media reported that eight representatives from Italy came to the LPR. It was noted that the tourists arrived with the support of colleagues from Finland. The chairman of the LPR Trade Unions Federation, Oleg Akimov, reported that a sightseeing trip around Luhansk and visit of the mine in Yubileyne settlement were organized …

  • Lavrov and Kerry to meet in Switzerland to discuss Syria

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet in Switzerland on Saturday in order to discuss Syria despite high tensions between Moscow and Washington, Reuters reported.

    Russian and U.S. attempts at a coordinated peace effort in Syria came to an abrupt halt after the Syrian government launched a renewed offensive on the war-torn city of Aleppo last month, aided by Russian bombers. A Russian and U.S. backed ceasefire deal, which lasted barely a week, …

  • Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues note of protest to Russian Ambassador

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned the Russian ambassador to Lithuania, Alexander Udaltsov, and handed him a note of protest regarding regular provocations of the Russian navy in the Baltic Sea. That is how Lithuania called on Russia to adhere to the norms of international law and principles of good-neighborliness, and intended to ensure that similar incidents don’t occur in the future, Delfi reported.

    The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry reiterated its concerns about the …