• Kremlin: Russian weapons sales remain high, payments impossible to obtain due to sanctions

    Demand for Russian weapons abroad remains consistently high, Sergey Chemezov, the CEO of the Russian state corporation Rostec, said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Despite the U.S. sanctions against Rosoboronexport, which is a subsidiary of Rostec and serves as an intermediary for Russia’s arms exports and imports, the portfolio of orders for military-technical cooperation remains at $51.1 billion, Chemezov said.

    "It's a big deal, and we've had that much for the third year, …

  • Finland claims Russian warplanes violated its air space

    Two Russian Su-27 aircraft violated Finnish airspace, announced the press service of Finland’s Defense Ministry.

    According to Finland’s Defense Ministry, the fighter jets were in the country’s airspace for about 14 hours during a flight over the Gulf of Finland near Helsinki.

    The incident is being investigated by the Finnish Border Guard.

    RIA Novosti reports that the Russian Defense Ministry denied the Finnish Defense Ministry's statement. The Russian Defense Ministry noted that four Su-27 …

  • Kyiv: Kremlin spends $5 billion a year on war in Donbas

    According to Oleksii Reznikov, Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for The Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, Moscow spends about $5 billion a year on waging war in the Donbas.

    He said this in an interview with LB.ua.

    The Deputy Prime Minister believes that Russia has agreed to a comprehensive truce because the war has been going on for six years and requires a lot of expenses, including the support of pro-Russian militants’ groups.

    "The question remains: how much longer …

  • Kyiv reports attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, accuses pro-Russian militants of violating ceasefire

    Over the past 24 hours, pro-Russian militants in the Donbas opened fire on Ukrainian positions three times, the press center of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation reported.

    "During the past 24 hours, three cases of ceasefire violation were recorded at the sites of our units’ responsibility. Ukrainian defenders did not open fire in response. There are no losses among our soldiers as a result of enemy shelling," the summary of the Ukrainian command reads.

    In particular, near Vodyane the enemy …

  • China blocks Putin's Article on World War II

    The Chinese translation of the article "75th Anniversary of the Great Victory: Shared Responsibility to History and our Future," in which Putin justifies the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, holds the Polish leadership responsible for Hitler's attack on the country and calls the Baltic countries' accession to the USSR legal, appeared on the Chinese version of the Sputnik website (part of the "Russia Today") on June 20.

    According to the news outlet Meduza, the article was blocked on the same day and,  …

  • Russia claims to have successfully tested Zircon hypersonic missile

    The Russian Defense Ministry has successfully completed tests of the Zircon hypersonic missile, reports the Russian news agency RBC citing a statement of the Defense Ministry.

    The test launches of the new missile were conducted from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov. "The tests confirmed the unique tactical and technical characteristics of this missile in terms of range and accuracy, as well as hypersonic speed of its flight," the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    The ministry noted that the unmanned …

  • German Foreign Minister rejects possibility of allowing Russia back into G7

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas rejected a proposal to allow Russia to rejoin the G7.

    "The reason for Russia's expulsion was the annexation of Crimea and the intervention in eastern Ukraine," said Maas in an interview published in two German newspapers Rheinische Post and Bonner General-Anzeiger.

    According to the minister, while there is no solution to the situation with Crimea and the Donbas, he sees "no chance" that Russia will join the G7.

    The G7 includes the United States, Canada, …

  • Putin and Zelensky discuss Donbas settlement over the phone

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reported the press service of the Ukrainian President.

    The parties discussed the implementation of the agreements reached during the Normandy summit on December 9, 2019 in Paris.

    Zelensky also raised the issue of security in the Donbas. The parties welcomed the agreement on a full and comprehensive ceasefire in the Donbas, which began at 00:01 on July 27. The Russian President  …

  • Russian troops move close to International Coalition forces in Syrian Deir ez-Zor province

    Over the past several days, Russian military convoys have been crossing the Russian-built pontoon bridge across the  the Euphrates river between the towns al-Merayiah and al-Marat and heading for the town of Mazloum in the eastern Deir ez-Zor, reports Deir Ezzor 24 network.

    Nearly 30 tanks and armored vehicles of the Russian forces were deployed in Mazloum and al-Marat, which is about 2 km from the area where the international coalition forces are based. The Russian troops were deployed on the …

  • NATO’s warships visit Ukrainian port of Odessa

    On July 25, ships of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) entered the port of Odessa.

    According to the press service of the Ukrainian Navy Command, among the warships are frigates of the Royal Spanish Navy Alvaro De Bazan, the I.C. of Romania REGINA MARIA and the Turkish Navy, Yildirim.

    This year, the SNMG2 group was a part of the Ukrainian-American Sea Breeze-2020 exercises aimed at fulfilling common tasks to promote security in the Black Sea region.

    The visit took place in …