• Kremlin: almost 640,000 Donbas residents received Russian passports

    The Russian Interior Ministry says that almost 640,000 residents of the uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions have received Russian passports, reports Intefax with reference to the head of the Russian Interior Ministry's department for the Rostov region.

    "To date, there are 639,000 people," Agarkov said.

    Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs said that in 2020, almost 410,000 Ukrainians received Russian citizenship. In four years, according to their data, almost 90 …

  • Two Belarusian journalists sentenced for live streaming protests in Minsk

    Two journalists of the Belarusian TV channel Belsat, Katerina Bakhvalova and Daria Chultsova, were sentenced to two years in prison for live streaming protests from the Square of Changes in Minsk.

    As reported by the news outlet TUT. BY, it took only three days for the Frunzen District Court of Minsk to hear the case. Bakhvalova and Chultsova were found guilty of "organizing and preparing actions that grossly violate public order".

    On November 15, 2020, the Belsat journalists were broadcasting …

  • Russia begins withdrawal of troops from T4 airbase in Syria

    Russia has begun withdrawal of its military from the T4 airbase, which is located in Tiyas, Homs Province, reported Telegram-channel "The Military Observer" with reference to local media.

    T4 is the largest airbase in Syria. In addition to the Russian military, the airbase is home to Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps units and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. There is no information whether Iranian and Hezbollah forces are also leaving the airbase. The T4 airbase has been regularly …

  • Russia sounds alarm over Ukraine’s possible use of Turkish Bayraktar drones in Donbas

    The Kremlin is concerned about the fact that the Ukrainian army could use Turkish combat drones Bayraktar TB2 against pro-Russian militants in the Donbas, said the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Alexei Yerkhov, reports the Turkish news agency Hurriyet.

    Yerkhov said that, according to Russian experts, the Turkish combat drones Bayraktar TB2 will turn into a "tool of superiority" if the Ukrainian army uses them against the Russian military and mercenaries in the Donbas.

    Yerkhov stressed that the …

  • Media: several Russian mercenaries killed by rebels in Central African Republic

    Rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) killed several Russian mercenaries from the private military company the Wagner Group and took another hostage, reported the local newspaper Corbeau News citing a source.

    According to the source, the Russian mercenaries together with the CAR soldiers dismantled an fence, which was earlier built by the rebels. A fire fight broke out because of that, during which Russian mercenaries were killed.

    The newspaper notes that the Russian mercenaries are …

  • Chinese investors of Motor Sich increase amount of lawsuit against Ukraine to $3.6 billion

    Chinese investors of the Ukrainian aircraft engine manufacturer, Motor Sich, increased the amount of arbitration lawsuit against Ukraine by $100 million dollars, to 3.6 billion dollars.

    "The increase in the amount of preliminary claims is due to the fact that the initial group of plaintiffs was expanded to include several other Chinese shareholders, who also suffered significant losses as a result of Ukraine's actions in violation of its international obligations," reads the statement on Motor …

  • Lavrov: Russia's relations with EU started to deteriorate after Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity

    After talks with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the deterioration of relations between Russia and the European Union has been going on for a long time, and the EU initiated this.

    According to Lavrov, "anyone who is not interested in the situation in Europe" understands that this process began many years ago”.

    Lavrov believes that it all started in 2014, after the Ukrainian the Revolution of Dignity.

    According to Lavrov, it was then …

  • Ukraine signs $3 billion worth of contracts with United Arab Emirates

    The Ukrainian delegation signed $3 billion worth of memorandums and contracts with the United Arab Emirates, reported the press service of the Ukrainian President.

    Among them are memorandums of understanding between the State Property Fund of Ukraine and Mubadala Investment Fund. They are aimed at deepening cooperation in investment projects and the participation of the Emirati side in the program of privatization of state property in Ukraine.

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation …

  • Russia completes testing of new missile attack warning system

    Russia has successfully completed tests of the new Missile Attack Warning System (SPRN), stated the general designer, the general director of the corporation Vympel, Sergey Boev, reports the TV channel of the Russian Defense Ministry, Zvezda.

    "At the end of December 2020, we  successfully completed the tests of the SPRN system in general, including the command center," he said.

    According to Boev, the main task was to ensure the processing of information and its immediate transmission to …

  • Zelensky sends top Ukrainian military officials to Donbas after death of 3 soldiers

    On Sunday, February 14, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky instructed Defense Minister Andriy Taran and Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Ruslan Khomchak to go to the Donbas to investigate the deaths of three soldiers near the village of Novoluhanske, reports the Ukrainian Presidential press service.

    It is noted that the deputy head of the Presidential Office Roman Mashovets is already at the scene of the tragedy.

    According to preliminary data, on Sunday, at about 10 a.m. …