• American reconnaissance plane approached the Russian-Baltic border

    A strategic reconnaissance plane RC-135V of the US Air force approached the coastal line of the Russian Kaliningrad region on Sunday, as reported by the Western aviation portals monitoring the routes of military aircraft.

    The reconnaissance jet with tail number 64-14844 and call sign ELGIN33 departed from the RAF Mildenhall airbase in the UK and is now on a NATO mission flight in the southern Baltic.

    According to Swedish aviation sites, a Russian Su-27 was scrambled from the Kaliningrad …

  • Pororshenko: Ukraine has established the Donbas Reconstruction Fund

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that a special fund for the restoration of the Donbas will be established in Ukraine and financed through budgetary funds and international assistance, his press service reported.

    "Work is continuing on a special fund which will be directed for the restoration of the Donbas,” the President stated.

    According to Poroshenko, the fund will be formed using the state budget of Ukraine and donor assistance of partner countries and international financial …

  • Tuka: Ukraine began building a wall along the border with Russia

    George Tuka, the Deputy Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, reported that the Ukrainian authorities are preparing to build a wall between the Luhansk region and Russia. According to him, construction of the wall has already started. Geologists and surveyors are hard at work on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

    “The brigades of geologists and surveyors have already arrived. The works on the study of soil and preparatory works for technical assignment …

  • Ukrainian Defense Ministry: The military will meet international standards by 2020

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine will be brought up to international standards by the end of 2020, Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Dublyan stated at a briefing on Friday, May 13th, RBC-Ukraine reported.

    “By the end of 2020, the reform and transition of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to international standards will be completed,” Dublyan stated.

    He also noted that the Ministry of Defense is preparing a reform to be brought up to Euro-Atlantic standards.Ukraine was recently invited to attend the NATO …

  • Polish Foreign Minister: We need to return to traditional methods to deal with Russia

    The Polish Foreign Minister, Witold Waszczykowski, stated that while addressing of international challenges it is necessary to refuse to cooperate with Russia and return to traditional methods of protecting NATO member countries, TASS reports.

    Waszczykowski believes that Russia’s actions raise the question of "no longer believing that it is possible to address international challenges with Russia.”

    Instead, he suggested a return to “strategic, geopolitical thinking; to normal, traditional …

  • Swedish Ministry of Defense: Russia’s actions in the Baltic are aggressive and provocative

    At a conference in Estonia, the Swedish Minister of Defense, Peter Hultqvist, said that Russia's actions in the Baltic are aggressive and provocative.

    “Recently we witnessed the unprofessional and dangerous behavior of Russian war planes over the Baltic Sea. They flew in a direct proximity over USS Donald Cook vessel,” he said.

    “There have also been other such incidents, and from our side we understand how it feels to be a victim of such provocative behavior” he added.

    “Irrespective of the …

  • Putin says new US missile defense installation in Romania violates Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated from his residence, Bocharov Ruchei, that the deployment of United States National Missile Defense systems in Romania violates the INF treaty.

    "It is a clear violation of arms treaties because launchers which will be deployed in Poland once the radar station is completed in Romania, can be used for the deployment of short and intermediate-range missiles," Putin said on Friday in Sochi at the end of a meeting on military issues.

    He noted that the re- …

  • Polish Minister of Defense: Russia has no understanding of the current world

    Russia does not understand the current world and the reasons behind Polish actions, as stated by Polish Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz in his speech at the ground breaking ceremony of a new US missile defense base in the North of Poland.

    "Russians don't understand the current world. They don't understand our actions" stated the Minister, Radio Poland reported.

    "And this is the  biggest problem with our neighbor . They don't understand that each country has the right to live in peace …

  • U.S. Congressman proposes creating federal agency to counter Russian and Chinese propaganda

    U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger proposed to create a new federal agency to fight "Chinese and Russian propaganda," the Washington Examiner reported. His proposed bill would create a holistic government approach to combat the numerous instruments of propaganda used by Russia and China.

    "Russia continues to spew its disinformation and false narratives undermining the United States and its interests in places like Ukraine, and causes instability,” Kinzinger believes.

    He is confident that the …

  • US to provide Ukraine with $1 billion in loan guarantees

    Poroshenko and Biden have agreed on the provision of the third loan installment in the amount of $1 billion to Ukraine. The agreement will be signed in the near future.

    On the 13th of May, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, agreed to the provision of the third tranche of a loan in the amount of $1 billion to Kiev, the press service of the Ukrainian President reported. Poroshenko informed Biden on the progress made towards …