• Conflict Intelligence Team uncovers Russia’s losses during its military operation in Ukraine

    A group of independent investigators from the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) , upon analyzing a tender issued by the Ministry of Defense of Russia, has come to a conclusion that in 2014, Russian military human losses amounted to 218 persons.

    This is an exceptionally high number, which, according to the CIT researchers can be explained by the involvement of the Russian military in combat actions in eastern Ukraine, the CIT said in a research summary published on its website.

    CIT analyzed the …

  • Tusk speaks in defense of Polish generals accused of links with FSB

    European Council President Donald Tusk has spoken in defense of two former chairmen of the Military Counterintelligence Service of Poland who served in office during Tusk’s tenure as Prime Minister of Poland. He wrote about this on Twitter.

    "I am proud that, as Prime Minister, I could cooperate with generals Pytel and Nosek. They were models of responsibility, patriotism and honor," stressed Tusk.

    The previous morning, the military gendarmerie of Poland detained the former chairman of the …

  • Ukrainian soldiers of the 54th Brigade captured a Russian-made flamethrower in a fight with separatists

    On Thursday, December 7, the soldiers of the 54th Brigade took a Russian-made Shmel (“Flamethrower”) from the invaders reported journalist Andriy Tsaplienko on his Facebook page.

    "A fresh trophy. A Shmel flamethrower. Russian-manufactured. These guys, the fighters of the 54th Brigade captured it today from enemy saboteurs. The latter planned to burn one of the Ukrainian positions from 400 meters. You might ask: ‘How do I know this exact figure?’ Let me explain. The sight of this "Shaitan-tube" …

  • Russian Prime Minister Medvedev: Athletes will decide for themselves whether to go to the Olympics or not

    Right after Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the dismissal of the entire Russian team from the Olympics in Korea, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that nobody would prevent the athletes from participating in the Olympics under neutral status. Moreover, he even promised to cheer for them.

    "This decision was a heavy blow for millions of our people and a real tragedy for many Russian athletes, since the South Korean Olympics is the last chance for some of them to compete …

  • Moldovan parliament votes for a bill banning broadcasts of Russian news programs

    The Moldovan parliament has voted in favor of a law to prohibit broadcasts of Russian news and analytical programs, Deutsche Welle reports.

    Legislative amendments passed by the Parliament on December 7 in just two readings will only permit informational and analytical programs produced in countries that have ratified the European Convention on Transfrontier Television to be relayed on the Moldovan territory. Russia signed the Convention back in 2006, but did not ratify it.

    The bill, which has …

  • Media: Kadyrov’s daughter opens erotic lingerie store in Chechnya

    18 year-old Aishat, daughter of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and head of the Firdaws fashion house, has opened store for erotic lingerie and intimate accessories, the Russian-language BBC service reports.

    In the Firdaws shopping center in Chechnya, Aishat owns a confectionery by the same name. The “Lady A” lingerie boutique has just been opened next to the confectionery, BBC clarified. The opening ceremony took place at the end of November.

    The shop sells intimate cosmetics. The boutique’s …

  • US warplane conducts reconnaissance flight off the coast of annexed Crimea

    The US Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol anti-submarine aircraft conducted a reconnaissance flight near the coast of the Crimean peninsula, as reported by Interfax, citing aviation monitoring websites.

    According to them, an aircraft with the tail number 168998 flew out from the Sigonella airbase, which is in Sicily, and headed for the Crimea. Once arriving at its destination, it circled for a few hours to the west of Sevastopol, at an altitude of 7,600 meters and closely approached the sea border of …

  • Hungary calls for sending OSCE mission to Zakarpattia Oblast of Ukraine

    Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó called on the Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to send a mission of observers to Zakarpattia, as reported on the website of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    “Hungary was previously an adherent of Ukraine, but the September law on education, which significantly reduced the rights of minorities to study in their native languages, has become a source of great disappointment. The law is completely incompatible …

  • Russia calls US claims regarding missile treaty 'flawed'

    In an interview for Kommersant , Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the United States’ claims that Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) are flawed.

    “We have explained to the Americans where we see the flaw in their position, especially as it concerns the claim about Russia, and we are still counting on more constructive and result-interested treatment of the questions we consistently raise,” he said.

    Commenting on the US’s plans …

  • Tillerson: Russia is involved in several conflicts in former USSR

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson condemned Russia’s actions that block efforts to peacefully resolve conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the occupied regions of Georgia. This statement was made during a speech at the OSCE headquarters in Vienna.

    We welcome the recent talks on the situation in Moldova in the 5 + 2 format. However, we must condemn Russia’s efforts aimed at blocking access to the regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the occupied regions of Georgia,” Tillerson said.

    He also …