• US representative for Ukraine Volker expresses doubt Russia will withdraw its troops from Donbas any time soon

    Russia has not decided yet on the withdrawal of its troops from the separatist-held territory of Ukraine, and it is unlikely that this will happen in the near future. This opinion was expressed at a press conference following the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna, by the US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, Hromadske reports.

    "I do not believe that Russia has already decided to withdraw troops from the East of Ukraine. We hope that Russia will eventually make this …

  • Ukraine prepares multimillion dollar lawsuit against Russia’s oil conglomerate Rosneft

    The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine intends to seek from the Russian owners of Lysychansk Oil Refinery almost 1 billion hryvnia ($36.9 million) in compensation as part of the lawsuit by Agrocomplex, which Ukraine lost in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), as announced by the head of the department, Pavlo Petrenko, in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

    "Next week, in the Ukrainian, court there will be a major lawsuit brought by Ukraine against the Russian –owned company to recover …

  • Media: Russian IT company was behind the Bad Rabbit computer virus attack

    Cyberattacks on the websites and computer network of Interfax, which almost "turned off" most of the news flows for more than a day, was conducted by a "Russian institution directly related to the development and dissemination of information," a source from the agency told Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

    Interfax specialists say that the nature, intensity and degree of coordination of the virus attack prove that the real purpose of the perpetrators was not to obtain a ransom worth a few bitcoins, but to …

  • Putin warns Rostec state-owned conglomerate against uncontrolled extension

    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the state corporation Rostec from endless and uncontrolled growth, Interfax reports.

    "You cannot expand endlessly, without any control, and you need to understand exactly what the corporation is created for, where it should move, and in what parameters it should function, so that its work is optimal, effective, and competitive," Putin said, speaking at Rostec’s 10 year anniversary celebration.

    The state corporation includes more than 700 enterprises, …

  • 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 …