• Ukrainian President hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19

    Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and the head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Yarmak, who tested positive for COVID-19, are currently in the isolated rooms in Kyiv's Feofaniya hospital, said Yermak’s adviser Mikhailo Podolyak in an interview with Ukrainska Pravda.

    "Everything is quite strict, regulated by the protocol. They are in Feofaniya. There is a special cabinet in which the president can hold meetings. I had a lot of conference calls today," he said.

    Podolyak noted that …

  • Russia to open nuclear submarine base in Sudan

    Russia will open a naval base in Sudan, which will be able to host nuclear submarines. The draft of the agreement with Sudan was published on the Kremlin’s website of legal information.

    The document emphasizes that the agreement with Sudan have already been reached. Authorities in Africa's largest country, where last year a military coup toppled Omar al-Bashir, who ruled the country for nearly 30 years, agreed to build and develop a Russian Navy logistics facility where ships can be repaired …

  • Kyiv: water is the only leverage Ukraine has to retake control of Crimea

    Permanent representative of the Ukrainian President for Crimea Anton Korinevich said that water resources is the only leverage that Ukraine has which will allow it to retake control of Crimea. He believes that this opportunity should not be discounted, and the President's team is not going to do it, reports RBC-Ukraine.

    In his opinion, it is the water crisis in Crimea that will allow Kyiv to accelerate the “de-occupation of the peninsula”.

    According to Korinevich, Ukraine closely monitors the …

  • Russian shipping company hit by U.S. sanctions on verge of bankruptcy

    On November 10, the cargo vessel Diana belonging to the to Vladivostok-based Gudzon Shipping was not allowed to enter the port of Vladivostok. The crew reportedly left the vessel because of unpaid salaries, TASS reports.

    “Because of the North Korea related sanctions imposed by the U.S., the company lost almost all of its contracts and cannot ensure operation of its vessels anymore. The company is also unable to sell its assets because of restrictions imposed by its bank which holds the company’ …

  • First Belarusian nuclear power plant suspends electricity production due to technical problems

    Electricity production at the Belarusian nuclear power plant has been temporarily suspended due to problems with the equipment, reports the Russian news agency Interfax.

    "Electricity is not being generated at the Belarusian nuclear power plant at the moment. The day before, the Energy Ministry reported that (to restore electricity generation) it is necessary to replace certain equipment,” said the representative of the Belarusian Energy Ministry.

    He could not give the expected dates for the …

  • Kremlin claims it is ready for U.S. sanctions against Russian national debt

    Possible U.S. sanctions against the Russian government's borrowing will be "fairly painless" and the Russian government has prepared for such a development, said First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov in an interview with TASS news agency ahead of the forum "Strong Ideas for a New Time."

    "For us, it (purchase of the Russian OFZ (Russian government federal loan bonds)) is not a high-risk story, because all the time our American colleagues warned us that they are going to kill it all. The …

  • Lithuania to buy Black Hawk helicopters from U.S.

    Lithuania will buy four UH-60M Black Hawk combat helicopters from the United States. The contract should be signed as early as this week, said the Lithuanian Defense Ministry. Lithuania will pay a total of 181 million euros for the helicopters. The U.S. has allocated 25 million euros to support the project.

    The first deliveries are scheduled for the end of 2024. In addition to the helicopters, Lithuania will also receive equipment, spare parts and training. The contract provides for the …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister tests positive for COVID-19

    Ukrainian Defense Minister Andrii Taran has tested positive for COVID-19, reported Ukrinform news agency, citing the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    According to Ukrinform, the test was done before President Zelensky’s trip to the Donbas.

    Taran is currently in self-isolation and works remotely. His health is now satisfactory. The working schedule of the Defense Minister has undergone corresponding changes.

    Earlier, it was reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tested positive for …

  • Armenia capitulates to Azerbaijan. Russia deploys peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed an agreement to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    According to the document cited by Sputnik.Armenia, the Azerbaijani army remains at its current positions, and Armenia returns to Azerbaijan Kalbajar District (by November 15) and Lachin District (by December 1), keeping only the Lachin Corridor (5 km wide), which will provide communication between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia …

  • Azerbaijan shoots down Russian military helicopter over Armenia

    Russian military helicopter Mi-24 was accidentally shot down by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    "The Azerbaijani side apologizes to the Russian side in connection with this tragic incident, which is accidental and was not directed against the Russian side," the statement reads.

    Azerbaijan also said it is ready to pay appropriate compensation.

    Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that a Russian Mi-24 helicopter was shot down from …