• Ukraine lays charges against former LPR leader Plotnitsky

    On August 13, the judge read out the charges on the case of the downed IL-76 aircraft against the ex-head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky and two leaders of the armed formations, Alexander Gureyev and Nikolai Patrushevm, as stated on Facebook by the lawyer of the families of killed paratroopers and crew members of IL-76, Vitaly Pogosyan.

    "Today, an indictment on Plotnitsky, Patrushev and Gureyev has been announced at the Krasnohvardiisky district Court in Dnipro,” he wrote. The lawyer added that …

  • Media: Russia warned Turkey about military coup

    It was Russia that gave Turkish national intelligence information on the military coup being planned in the country, Iranian news outlet Fars reports, citing unidentified Arabic media. The information concerned Turkish President Recep Erdogan directly. Several helicopters were reportedly heading for a hotel in the Marmaris resort where the president was located at the time. Erdogan left the hotel 44 minutes before they arrived.

    According to unidentified Turkish diplomats, the Russian army in …

  • Ukrainian President announces tests of modernized T-72 tank

    The firing tests of the modernized Т-72АМТ tank that was modernized at the Kyiv Armor Plant started in Ukraine, announced Ukrainian President Poroshenko on his Facebook page. According to the Ukrainian President, during the tests, the tank crews tested all shooting modes using all types of ammunition, including Kombat precision guided missiles. 

    “The power of the Kombat is enough to destroy even the most protected enemy tanks,” Poroshenko wrote. According to him, due to the use of high- …

  • Russian billionaires lose $3.1 billion after Kremlin's tax hike proposal

    Russian billionaires lost more then $3 billion in one day after President Putin’s economic assistant proposed to raise the taxes on the leading companies in Russia’s mining and metallurgy sector, finanz.ru reports.

    In a letter addressed to Putin, presidential aide Andrey Belousov named 14 companies from which the budget could collect an additional 500 billion rubles ($7.53 billion USD) to implement Putin's May decree.

    Emphasizing the “need to share”, Belousov pointed out that oil companies …

  • The US freezes Open Skies Treaty with Russia

    Paragraph 1242 of the Defense Bill, approved by the US Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, stipulates the refusal to allocate money for financing the Open Skies Treaty.  

    It is indicated in the Defense Bill that the funds cannot be used in 2019 to carry out observation flights. It is noted that the restriction can be lifted if the US president presents the corresponding committee of the Congress a certificate confirming the fulfillment of the agreement terms by Russia.

    The document …

  • US court refuses to dismiss the case against company owned by Putin's associate

    On Monday, the District Court of Columbia (DC) refused to dismiss the case against the Russian company Concord Management and Consulting, which is accused of financing a propaganda operation designed to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in favour of Donald Trump. The court considered that the special prosecutor Robert Muller did not exceed his power. Concord Management and Consulting petitioned for the closure of the case, insisting that the special prosecutor Müller was …

  • Merkel to discuss Ukraine and Nord Stream 2 with Putin in Germany

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Schloss Meseberg on August 18, the federal government announced. Merkel will discuss “current foreign policy issues” with Putin, including the Syrian conflict, the situation in eastern Ukraine, and issues in the energy sector, particularly the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will transport gas directly from Russia to Germany.

    “Next Saturday, on August 18, the chancellor and government representatives will …

  • Iran introduces next generation ballistic missile

    On Monday, August 13th, the Iranian military introduced a ballistic missile of a new generation named Fateh. “Nothing will stop this missile,” reports the Tasnim agency, quoting the Iranian Minister of Defense Amir Khatami.

    Khatami noted that the new short-range ballistic missile was “100 percent manufactured in Iran.” The missile’s technical specifications are not disclosed, but, according to the head of the Ministry of Defense, the missile has “maneuverability” and “high targeting accuracy.” …

  • Russian military repel another drone attack on Khmeimim Air Base in Syria

    The Russian military shot down five drones approaching the Russian Khmeimim Air Base in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on its Facebook page.

    According to the Ministry of Defense, militants launched drones from the de-escalation zone in the Idlib province. The Russian military destroyed them at a distance from the air base. There were no casualties and no material damage.

    During the same day, Syria recorded 25 shooting attacks on the government troops. As a result, three Syrian …

  • Ukraine studying force-based scenario for unblocking the Azov Sea

    Ukraine is studying a force-based scenario for unblocking the Azov Sea in response to Russia’s actions, stated the Deputy Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, George Tuka in an interview with Apostrophe news outlet.

    Tuka was reluctant to discuss specifics or difficulties about how the situation might play out. "The situation is complicated, but I cannot say that we have lost [the Azov Sea]. I am not ready to make public certain scenarios that we …