• US and Ukraine to conduct joint naval drills

    According to information released on the Defense Ministry’s website, Ukraine and USA will conduct joint naval drills called Sea Breeze 2016 beginning in Ukraine on July 18.

    “The topic of current naval drills is the conduct of multinational operations on security in the crisis region,” the Ministry of Defense noted. Maneuvers will take place in the Odessa and Mykolaiv regions as well as in the northwestern part of the Black Sea.

    It was also mentioned in the Defense Ministry’s report that the …

  • US Black Hawk helicopters and soldiers to arrive in Latvia

    Five US Black Hawk helicopters and 60 US soldiers will arrive in Latvia on Wednesday and Thursday in support of the Strong Europe initiative and Operation Atlantic Resolve, Delfi reported, referencing a statement issued by the Latvian Armed Forces.

    "On July 13 and 14, several US armed forces helicopters will be transferred from the port of Riga to the Latvian Lielvārde air base. Over 60 US soldiers from the 501st aviation battalion and five UH-60 'Black Hawk' helicopters will arrive in Latvia …

  • Captured Russian serviceman acknowledges presence of Russian officers in the Donbas

    Russian servicemen captured on July 11 in the  Donbas as a result of the fire fight with the Ukrainian forces acknowledged that Russian military advisors are currently working in the so-called Dontesk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) published a video in which the captured  serviceman acknowledges that he is a citizen of the Russian Federation. His name is Alexei Sedikov. He came to the Donbas in March 2016 together with his friend, Dmitri Marchenko. …

  • Media: Swiss bank refused to provide services to wealthy customers in Russia

    Swiss Bank Credit Suisse refuses to serve wealthy clients in Russia. The only service the bank can provide for them at this time is advisory services, reports Russian news portal Forbes.ru, citing market sources.

    "At the request of the client, I spoke with Russian managers who indicated that private banking covers all Russian accounts," a source from Forbes said. The decision was made in late May. Starting in June, managers began to inform customers about the change, a source close to the bank …

  • Former Romanian President predicts that Moldova will join Romania

    The former president of Romania, Traian Băsescu, believes that Moldova will eventually become part of Romania.

    “Every state has the right to decide its fate. Moldova will become a part of Romania, not through force, but through the will of the people,” Băsescu said this while at a meeting with representatives of the youth movements of the two countries.

    According to Ukrinform news portal, he also expressed confidence that there are already enough votes in the Parliament of Romania to support …

  • Russia to build ten airfields in the Arctic

    Russia is boosting its military presence in the Arctic area.

    The Russian Defense Ministry is constructing and renovating ten military airfields in the Arctic area. New military infrastructure will be located on the six islands of the region until 2020. As reported by Russian media citing sources in the Russian Defense Ministry, more than 100,000 metric tons of physical resources will be transported to remote military bases in 2016.

    Russia is constructing and restoring the Severomorsk-1 …

  • Poroshenko: Ukraine has fulfilled 95 percent of the Minsk agreements

    Ukraine has fulfilled almost all of its obligations with regard to the Minsk Agreements. This was said on the 11th of July by the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko, after a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    According to Poroshenko, Kiev has fulfilled 95% of all political commitments and 100% of all security obligations. He also said that in order for the political process to begin, Russia has to fulfill the security criteria as detailed in the agreements.

    The UN had …

  • State Department Spokesman: NATO is committed to cooperating with Kiev

    The U.S. Department of State Spokesperson, Joshua Baker, stated in his commentary to Deutsche Welle that NATO is committed to fruitful cooperation with Kiev and that Washington will allocate a new assistance package to Ukraine.

    The relations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Ukraine graduated from the level of crisis response to the level of long-term partnership, for the purpose of forming a strong Armed Forces of Ukraine in accordance with NATO standards, Baker said in his …

  • NATO soldiers to be deployed to Poland in 2017

    Poland is ready to accept and station the soldiers of NATO’s international battalion. They will arrive in the country in January and February 2017, as stated by Poland’s Minister of National Defense, Antoni Macierewicz, Radio Polsha reported.

    According to Macierewicz, a NATO command on the eastern flank will be created on the basis of the command of the Polish division. He said that the General Staff of the Polish Army have done a great amount of work, not just in their investments in …

  • Russia will not extend nuclear treaty if NATO missile defense system is present in Europe

    The Federation Council of Russia stated that the extension of the New START treaty (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) has been frozen. Russia will not agree to extend the treaty, if the text does not take into consideration its concerns about the deployment of NATO missile defense systems in Europe, the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Viktor Ozerov, told RIA Novosti.

    According to him the deployment of missile defense systems in the 3rd and 4th position …