• Russia tested latest missiles in Syria

    Russia has used the new X-101 air-launched missiles in combat for the first time in Syria. Interfax reported that this was said by the head of the Ministry of Defense of Russia, Sergey Shoygu.

    “We gained practical experience in firing long-range precision-guided weapons from ships and submarines in the Caspian and Mediterranean seas. Strategic aviation aircraft used the new X-101 air-launched missiles for the first time. These missiles have a range of up to 4,500 kilometers in a real combat …

  • Ukrainian MP Lubinets: Mariupol is under threat from Russia because of Minsk-2

    As a result of the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from the contact line, Mariupol will be under threat of invasion by pro-Russian fighters, member of parliament Dmytro Lubinets, from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, stated at a briefing.

    He noted that, according to the agreements reached in Minsk, one of the areas for withdrawal is the village of Petrivske in the Starobeshivsky district in the Donetsk region.

    “Petrivske – a base area for the villages of Bohdanivka, Starohnativka and further on to …

  • Russia is considering reestablishing military presence in Cuba and Vietnam

    Russia is considering reestablishing a military presence in Cuba and Vietnam where it had bases in the past, according to Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov, RIA Novosti reported.

    “We are working on this, we see the problem” Pankov said, answering the question of whether the Defense Ministry plans to resume a military presence in countries such as Vietnam and Cuba.

    Pankov did not elaborate further, but recently, the Deputy Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma, …

  • Russia warns US-led coalition not to fly close to its bases in Syria

    The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation made a statement about how the Russian military will use air defense in Syria after relations with the United States have worsened.

    “I remind the US strategists that air cover for the Russian military bases in Tartus and Hmeymim includes S-400 and S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, the range of which may come as a surprise to any unidentified flying objects,” Major General Konashenkov stated. According to him, “today the Syrian army has S-200, …

  • Former head of the LPR parliament was arrested in Rostov

    Aleksey Karyakin, who formerly held the position of the head of the parliament in the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), has been detained in Russia, the Zerkalo Nedeli news portal reported, citing an informed source.

    “Karyakin was arrested three days ago in Rostov by the Russian Federal Security Service [FSB]. After that, the Russian media wrote that he recanted ‘Novorossiya’ and surrendered to Ukraine,” the source said.

    The source did not rule out the possibility that the FSB could …

  • Bosnia reminded Russia about its Soviet-era, multi-million dollar debt

    The authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina reminded Russia about its obligation to pay off the debt that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) owed to the former Yugoslavia. The debt is estimated to run more than hundreds of millions of dollars, Reuters reported. Sarajevo expects that the Muslim-Croatian Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina will receive 58% of the payment: 29% for the Republika Srpska, 10% for the Central Government and 3% for the Brčko District.

    In 2013, the Russian …

  • Former DPR commander explained how Russia finances separatist republics

    Russia is financing separatists in eastern Ukraine and paying salaries and pensions to residents of the Donbas, the former Donetsk commander, Alexander Khodakovsky, told Reuters.

    The former Ukrainian special forces soldier switched to the side of the separatists in the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014. According to him, he was the commander of hundreds of armed fighters and held high positions within the leadership of the so-called DPR.

    Replying to a question concerning …

  • IMF believes Ukraine's fight against corruption is too slow

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has conducted an analysis of Ukraine’s economic situation as a result of the organization’s financial support programs to the country.

    According to UN Radio, IMF experts concluded that the Ukrainian authorities have managed to implement a number of important economic measures. This is in spite of political tensions which resulted in a change in government in April this year. The experts especially made note of budget adjustments, an increase in gas and …

  • Ministry of Defense of Latvia: The Russian threat remains

    There is a low probability of a direct military invasion in Latvia. However, the security situation in the Baltic region remains tense. According to Mixnews, this was stated by the Latvian Minister of Defense, Raimonds Bergmanis.

    On Tuesday, at a private meeting, the government went through the ministry’s analysis of military threats to the state. The government last examined such analyses in September last year.

    On Wednesday, Bergmanis stated that nothing has changed since then and that the …

  • Russia is ready to establish a no-fly zone in Syria

    S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems, which were sent to Syria by Russia, are from the Russian Army air defense, a source close to Russian military-diplomatic circles told Izvestia newspaper.

    “These defense systems are related to the army air defense and are designed primarily for the destruction of aero-ballistic targets and cruise missiles,” the source noted.

    According to another source, Russia intended to provide Syrians with several dozens of armored vehicles, which had been …