• Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republic claim they are ready to observe ceasefire in Donbas

    Media channels in Donetsk and Luhansk that are controlled by the Russian militants issued statements about their readiness to observe an indefinite truce in the Donbas from July 21, reports Radio Liberty.

    The authorities of Donetsk People's Republic stated that "measures of disciplinary responsibility for violation of a ceasefire and its conditions are explained in due course to all divisions and each serviceman "

    "We express readiness to fulfill the conditions of the truce, and we are ready …

  • Russia prepares new restrictions on Internet messengers

    The Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev said on Friday that Russian youth must be protected from the influence of the Internet and the encroachments of Foreign Intelligence Services.

    Because of their "age, ideological and psychological characteristics" young people tend to fall under the influence of "terrorist and extremist organizations, radical youth structures, criminal authorities, religious organizations, and various totalitarian sects," said Patrushev.

    He said …

  • Kremlin confirms secret negotiations with the Netherlands on MH17 air disaster

    Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Grushko confirmed that Russia and the Netherlands are conducting secret negotiations  the MH17 air disaster, reports Lenta.ru news outlet.

    "Such consultations are taking place, but we have agreed to maintain confidentiality in this process," he said.

    Earlier, it was reported that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte held secret talks with Russian President Putin in Russia, on June 28.

    Earlier, it was reported that the Security Service of …

  • Gazprom loses appeal in case against Ukraine's Naftogaz

    Amsterdam Court of Appeal rejected Gazprom's complaint concerning the jurisdiction of the court, thereby upholding its authority in the case of recognition and enforcement of the decision of the Stockholm Arbitration in the Netherlands.

    "Such a decision was issued by the court on July 8. Moreover, on the same day, the Luxembourg district court ruled in Naftogaz favor. It declined Gazprom's objection, thereby confirming legality of seizure of Russian company’s property in Luxembourg’s territory …

  • Russia plans to issue 5,000 passports a day to Donbas residents

    Russian Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Viktor Vodolatsky said that Russia plans to issue 4-5 thousand passports a day to the residents of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic (DPR and LPR), reports TASS news agency.

    According to him, for this purpose, the number of passport offices in the Rostov region will be increased in September from two to eight. At the moment, it is possible to issue only 500 …

  • Media: Russian drones and S-300 missile systems no threat to Israel

    Russia is actively utilizing the progress made by Israel for its own drone production program, often by borrowing technologies, reports Svobodnaya Pressa.

    Last year there was an incident where Israel’s aerial defense shot down a Russian-made drone over the Golan Heights. An analysis of the fragments showed that the drone was completely identical to a model used by the Israeli Air Force. “The only difference was that our apparatus had inscriptions in Cyrillic,” the Russian news outlet observes. …

  • Denmark gives go ahead to Baltic Pipe construction to Poland

    The Baltic Pipe, a project to supply Norwegian gas to Poland, has received its first approval from the Danish government, while Copenhagen is delaying giving consent to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The Danish Environmental Protection Agency announced on its website that it has authorized the construction of the Baltic Pipe.

    The Danish gas transit operator Energinet now needs to obtain authorization from the 13 municipalities whose territory the land-based portion of the …

  • Chlorine-contaminated oil to pour into Russian refineries

    The Russian Energy Ministry has approved a plan to deal with the hundreds of thousands of tons of chlorine-contaminated oil which European buyers refused to accept and which the Russian oil transit monopoly Transneft was forced to pump back to Russia.

    Citing sources in the oil sector, Reuters reported that next week Transneft will begin mixing dirty oil with clean oil and even sending it to Russian oil refineries.

    The processing of the oil mixed with organochlorides will be entrusted to …

  • Poland: Putin’s attendance at WWII anniversary would be inappropriate

    It would be inappropriate for Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II, said Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin.

    Sasin called the Russian president “the leader of a country that is using armed aggression against its neighbors”. “And I think that it would be inappropriate to commemorate the anniversary of armed aggression against Poland with the attendance of a leader who is using the same methods against his …

  • Ukrainian Security Service classifies former DPR anti-air commander case

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has classified the criminal case against former Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) anti-air defense commander Vladimir Tsemakh, the SBU said in response to an inquiry from the Ukrainski Novyny News Agency.

    Previously it was reported from the Unified Registry of Court Rulings that the Shevchenkivskiy District Court of Kyiv had chosen on June 28, 2019 to hold Tsemakh in pretrial detention.

    In its response to the inquiry, the SBU did not mention the reason for …