• NATO fighters escorted three Russian military aircraft over the Baltic last week

    NATO fighters intercepted and escorted three Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea last week, Delfi reported, citing the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.

    According to the Ministry, fighters, as part of NATO’s air patrol mission over the Baltic Sea, escorted a Russian Tu-134 military cargo plane and two Su-27 fighters on July 18th.

    The Russian planes were flying with disabled transponders, which NATO believes is a threat to civil aviation.

    The presence of Russian military aircraft and  …

  • Ukrainian headquarters announced details of fighting near Novozvanivka

    Ukrainian forces lost two soldiers during the fight near Novozvanivka

    On July 23, 2016, Ukrainian forces near Novozvanivka, in the Luhansk region of the Donbas, defended against the attacks of the pro-Russian separatists, and two Ukrainian soldiers were killed as a result. The details of the fighting near Novozvanivka were provided by the Ukrainian Headquarters on its Facebook page.

    Reportedly, in the morning of July 23, Ukrainian military officials noticed the movement of a sabotage- …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Separatists sought to blow up railway between Severodonetsk and Popasna

    In the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, employees of the Security Services of Ukraine (SSU), together with Ukrainian military, border guards and police, found two stores with a large number of munitions.

    As reported by the press center of the SSU, on the outskirts of Popasna in the Luhansk region, law enforcement officers found a cache under a private house.

    Security forces seized an anti-tank mine ТМ-62 with fuses, a high-explosive tank shell, a 200-gram TNT block and nearly two hundred …

  • Traffic accident involving Russian military vehicles in the Crimea resulted in several deaths

    The Head of the information support department of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Vyacheslav Trukhachev reported that two people were killed as a result of a collision involving a civilian Ford Focus and a convoy of military vehicles near Tabachnoye (Bakhchysarai region) in the Crimea. Trukhachev privided this information in his interview with a number of Crimean journalists.

    According to him, the traffic accident took place on Saturday at 8 AM. RIA Crimea news agency quoted him as saying that …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces: The situation on the frontline has gotten worse

    Throughout the night and into the day, Russian troops opened fire 40 times against the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the press center of the Ukrainian Army Headquarters, the situation in the front line in eastern Ukraine has worsened; however, the Ukrainian forces remain in control of the situation.

    In Donetsk, the seperatists fired on fortifications in Avdiivka and Opytne using 122 mm artillery, which is prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. The separatists also used twice 120 mm …

  • Russia has not found investors for the construction of a power plant for the Crimea

    A Russian contract proposal for the construction of a power plant in the Krasnodar region, needed to support the annexed Crimea, has not received any bids, reported Reuters.

    No companies have submitted bids for the contract, and authorities subsequently deemed the proposal invalid.

    The proposal planned to search for new investors to fund the construction of the 450 MW capacity power plant on the Taman Peninsula by 2018. The power plant is needed to supply power to the Krasnodar region of …

  • Over 6,000 people crossed the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint in 24 hours

    On July 22nd, 6,111 people crossed the line of demarcation through the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint in both directions. As Deputy Chairman of the Luhansk Regional Military-Civil Administration, Yury Klimenko, told journalists, it is the largest number of people crossing the checkpoint in a 24-hour period since the opening of the checkpoint.

    "Despite the increased attacks by militants, people continue to cross the only pedestrian checkpoint in the Luhansk region," the press service of Luhansk …

  • Ukrainian Prosecutor General: Main motive for Sheremet's murder appears to be revenge for his professional activities

    The General Prosecutor of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko said on 112 TV Channel that the main motive for the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet is revenge for his professional activity.

    “The investigators considered all angles but revenge for professional activity is seen as the key motive,” Lutsenko said. “The primary investigation activities are currently underway. We receive testimonies of those who live in this area and interview witnesses, including the notorious Russian Channel that always …

  • Plotnitsky would meet with Savchenko only if she created her own team in Parliament

    The head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, responded to the Ukrainian MP Nadiya Savchenko’s proposal to meet face to face. According to him, their conversation could yield results only if Savchenko is able to create her own team in the Ukrainian Parliament.

    “I appreciate the calls for peace, forgiveness and dialogue that Nadiya Savchenko has made recently. However, peace cannot be achieved by talks and negotiations alone,” Plotnitsky said. The leader of the so- …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Russian troops in the Donbas are moving closer to the demarcation line

    Ukrainian Intelligence has reported that pro-Russian forces in the Donbas are actively strengthening their positions in three areas.

    According to the main intelligence directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the enemy is reinforcing divisions at the front, transporting weapons and military equipment towards Novoaidar, Donetsk and Sloviansk. The rotation of the troops is taking place near settlements which are in the immediate vicinity of the demarcation line.

    In the area of …