• Russian troops on the move in Transnistria

    A convoy of armoured personnel carriers was spotted near Tiraspol airfield, located 13 kilometers from the western border with Ukraine, reported Nexta.

    Officially, there are about 1,700 Russian troops in Transnistria. However, the actual size of the contingent is unknown. These are parts of the 14th Army, which was stationed in the region after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    Despite the extremely small area, population and general economic insolvency, Transnistria holds an important …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine is not planning an offensive in Donbas

    The Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak, said that Russia tries to intimidate Ukraine with use of its military force, thereby artificially exacerbating the situation in order to achieve its own geostrategic goals.

    According to him, Russia is conducting a disinformation campaign, claiming that Ukraine is preparing an offensive on the Donbas. The purpose of this campaign, Khomchak says, is to discredit Ukraine in the international arena, to stir …

  • Putin calls Erdogan ahead of Zelensky’s visit to Turkey

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine by phone, reported Putin’s press service.

    During the telephone conversation, Putin outlined to Erdogan "Russian approaches to resolving the internal Ukrainian crisis." The Russian side stressed that it considers the Minsk "Complex of Measures", which was adopted in 2015, as an alternative basis for resolving the conflict.

    Putin in his usual manner accused Ukraine  of evading …

  • American warships heading to Black Sea as Russia amasses troops on Ukrainian borders

    The U.S., in accordance with the Montreux Convention, notified Turkey that two warships would pass through the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles in the direction of the Black Sea.

    RIA Novosti reports, citing a source in the Turkish Foreign Ministry, that the American warships will enter the Black Sea in a week and will stay there until May 4.

    A Pentagon source told CNN the day before that the U.S. plans to send a naval flotilla to Russian shores.

    According to him, at the moment, the navy …

  • Russia building large military field camp near Ukrainian border

    Russia is building a new military camp near Voronezh, close to the Ukrainian border, said the head of the Conflict intelligence Team (CIT) Ruslan Leviev in an interview with BBC Ukraine.

    "People took a walk in the forest and, when they reached the field, they saw a large number of heavy equipment, including tanks," Leviev said, adding that the 3-by-4 km field is filled with military equipment.

    In a video taken by the local residents, CIT investigators also saw a tent city, a kitchen and a …

  • Kremlin postpones indefinitely return of Russian ambassador to U.S.

    The return to the United States of Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, who was recalled on March 21 after a series of harsh statements by President Joe Biden, is postponed indefinitely.

    “Antonov will not return to Washington in the near future,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti.

    The decision will be made "depending on what steps will be taken by Washington on the bilateral track," he explained.

    "We expect that they will still be able to demonstrate a desire for …

  • Kremlin rejects possibility of U.S. joining Donbas talks

    U.S. policy towards Ukraine precludes this country from joining the "Normandy format" negotiations to resolve the situation in the Donbas, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, RIA Novosti reports.

    "With the approaches that Washington demonstrates and applies, it has no business in the Normandy format," Ryabkov said, commenting on the words of Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Oleksii Reznikov that Kyiv is interested in involving the United States and Poland in the negotiations. …

  • Chinese banks say 'no' to Russian SWIFT alternative

    While the Russian Foreign Ministry urges countries in Asia to abandon dollar and calls on China to say "no" to Western payment systems, the Russian SWIFT alternative, which was established five years ago, still can not attract a significant number of banks from China.

    The Financial Messaging System of the Bank of Russia (FMS), which was established in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea and the collapse of relations with the West, was designed to ensure uninterrupted payments in the event of a …

  • Kremlin promises to defend residents of Donbas and predicts ‘the end of Ukraine’

    Russia will stand up for the residents of the Donbas if it is forced to do so, said Dmitry Kozak, the deputy head of the Russian presidential administration.

    The decision, he said, will be made "depending on the scale of the conflict."

    Kozak said that Russia intends to protect Russian citizens in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, where the Kremlin issues Russian passports en masse.

    Back in 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on granting Russian …

  • Hezbollah to open official representative office in Moscow

    Lebanon's Shiite group Hezbollah is conducting consultations on the possibility of opening an official representative office in Moscow to establish direct channels of communication and strengthen them, Iranian TV channel PressTV reported.

    Negotiations began in mid-March after a delegation of the terrorist organization visited the Russian capital. At the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the sides "discussed the situation in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Palestine." At the same time, …