• Belarus accuses Russian high-ranking officials of fraud

    Gazprom's top managers, as well as possibly high-ranking representatives of the Russian establishment, are involved in illegal activities in Belgazprombank, stated the head of the Committee of State Control (KGC) of Belarus Ivan Tertel.

    On June 14, several top managers of the bank, which is 99.6% owned by Gazprom and Gazprombank, were detained on charges of tax evasion, credit fraud and creating a criminal group to withdraw funds abroad.

    On Thursday, June 18, the Belarusian security forces …

  • Kyiv: 231 people held captive by militants in Donbas

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is informed about 231 people who are held captive by armed groups in the Donbas,said the SBU’s press service.

    As of 12 June, 190 civilians, 37 members of the military and law enforcement officials, as well as four members of volunteer battalions, are considered unlawfully imprisoned.

    The SBU stressed that the Ukrainian side is taking practical measures aimed at the release of all illegally held people in certain areas of the Donbas.

    Ukraine and militants …

  • Germany accuses Russian government of a contract killing in Berlin

    The Office of the German Federal Public Prosecutor (Generalbundesanwaltschaft, GBA) has accused the Russian government of the contact killing of former Chechen military commander Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, Deutsche Welle reported.

    According to the investigation, the accused Vadim K. (a.k.a. Vadim S.). was ordered by the agencies subordinate to the Kremlin to "eliminate" Khangoshvili.

    "The victim's hostile relationship with the Russian state, with the governments of the autonomous republics of …

  • Ukraine receives a batch of American Javelin missiles

    The first batch of missiles for Javelin anti-tank missile systems purchased by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense under the Pentagon's "International Military Sales" program has arrived in Ukraine, announced the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States on Facebook.

    "The contract for this purchase was concluded in December 2019. It was the result of a landmark reform in the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which allowed direct purchases of weapons and military equipment from foreign states," the …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine develops strategy of transitional justice in LPR and DPR

    Ukraine is developing a special mechanism for transitional justice in certain areas of the Donbas, stated the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, the first deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group Oleksii Reznikov.

    He noted that transitional measures are meant to restore justice and violated human rights and bring to justice those who committed crimes.

    "For the future, we are working on the possibility of creating a special regime that will provide a special model …

  • U.S. hands over $60 million worth of defense equipment to Ukraine

    The U.S. has transferred $60 million worth of defense equipment to Ukraine, reported the American Embassy in Ukraine on its Facebook page.

    "U.S. security assistance and cooperation efforts with Ukraine during COVID19 continue! Yesterday (June 16), the U.S. Embassy's Office of Defense Cooperation received more than $60 million of equipment to transfer to our Ukrainian partners, including radios, ammunition, and Javelin anti-tank missiles. The United States stands strongly with Ukraine in …

  • Gazprom takes Germany to court over Nord Stream 2 decision

    Nord Stream 2 AG has appealed to the Supreme Regional Court of Dusseldorf against the decision of the German Federal Network Agency, which refused to exempt the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from the EU Third Energy Package.

    The Swiss company, 100% owned by Russian gas giant Gazprom, considers the decision of the German regulator "discriminatory" and contrary to the "constitutional guarantees of the Basic Law" of the country, reports Interfax, citing a statement of Nord Stream 2 AG.

    The German …

  • ‘Sanitizing tunnel’ installed in Putin's residence

    A special tunnel to protect against coronavirus has been installed at Vladimir Putin's residence in Novo-Ogarevo, RIA Novosti reports.

    It is reported that the tunnel has been developed by a company from the city of Penza and is intended for disinfection of visitors.

    “A sanitizing tunnel has been installed in Putin's residence. A person is disinfected by a misty cloud.

    The tunnel was developed by a company from Penza,” reported RIA Novosti.

    "Anyone who passes through the tunnel is covered in …

  • Assassination attempt on TV Presenter who insulted Putin thwarted in Georgia

    The State Security Service of Georgia (SSG) reported that it detained a Russian citizen who was preparing a contract killing.

    According to Novosti-Georgia, SSG's statement followed media reports that a Chechen detained on June 12 in the Vake-Saburtalo district of Georgian capital was planning a murder of a well-known Georgian TV journalist Giorgi Gabunia.

    According to opposition TV companies Formula and Mtavari, the detained is Vasambeg Badrievich Bokov, a 37-year-old Russian citizen who had …

  • Gazprom classifies gas supplies to DPR and LPR

    Gazprom has stopped disclosing the volume of gas supplies to the the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

    At the end of the first quarter, the company’s reported zero gas supplies to Ukraine, which, for more than 5 years, has been used to reflect supplies to LPR and DPR.

    Gazprom's previous position was that the republics are part of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian national gas corporation Naftogaz should pay for these supplies. Moscow officially called 12 billion cubic meters …