• Ukrainian hackers intercepted SMS between separatist commander Motorola and his wife on the eve of his murder

    Ukrainian hackers have gained access to the mobile devices of the deceased separatists commander Arsen Pavlov, known by his call sign “Motorola,” and his wife, Elena Pavlova. Among the intercepted data included Viber correspondence between Motorola and his wife on the day before his murder, reports the InformNapalm project.

    “A cursory analysis of the information indicates that Motorola was concerned over his safety in the last weeks before his death. It seemed to him that he was unnecessary,” …

  • NATO aircraft will make low-altitude patrols over Estonia

    The air forces of NATO countries based in Estonia at the Amari air base will conduct low altitude flights over the country’s territory this week. The press service of the Estonian Defense Forces said that the German Air Force is currently based at Amari and that they took over the mission of protecting the Baltic State airspace on the 31st of August.

    German Air Force Eurofighter aircraft will fly in pairs at altitudes not lower than 500 feet (152 meters) and away from the settlements during …

  • Separatist known as Vokha will become new commander of the Sparta Battalion

    The First Deputy Commander of the Sparta Battalion, call sign Vokha, stated in his commentary to RIA Novosti that he will serve as the Commander of the battalion after the death of Arsen Pavlov, known as Motorola. Vokha noted that the Sparta battalion will continue to perform combat missions.

    “It will be me, his First Deputy Commander. Motorola always introduced me as his Deputy that is why we unanimously decided to continue his work together, but under my leadership,” Vokha said in response …

  • Russian war planes hit Syria's Idlib province

    The Turkish Andalu news agency reported that on October 24, Russian aircraft conducted air strikes on the areas controlled by the Syrian opposition near the towns of Khan Shaykhun and Qefr Teharim in the Syrian province of Idlib.

    According to the news agency, which cited a representative of the Syrian Civil Defense in Idlib, 8 people were killed and 80 injured as a result of the air strikes.

    Three people were reportedly killed when the local municipality building was hit in Qefr Teharim. Five …

  • Poroshenko: Before elections in the Donbas, OSCE armed mission must gain control of border

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that before the local elections in the Donbas, the OSCE armed mission should gain control over the border area with the Russian Federation in the eastern part of Ukraine that is currently not under Kyiv’s control.

    “I noted that a number of weapons and military equipment which Russia continues to supply through the uncontrolled area of the Russian-Ukrainian border reached the limit today when the number of tanks, artillery systems, armored personnel …

  • Ukraine sees strong justification for extending sanctions against Russia

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko believes that Kyiv currently has "every reason" to extend sanctions against Moscow, since it does not fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements.

    According to him, Ukraine behaves responsibly with regard to safety issues and demonstrates the fulfillment of its obligations "in contrast to Russia." He also stressed that Kyiv is always ready for negotiations in the Normandy format.

    "Back at the beginning of August, I already clearly stated that we are …

  • Russia Deputy FM: The question of extending humanitarian pause in Aleppo is not relevant

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that the question of extending the humanitarian pause in Aleppo is not relevant.

    “For us to come back to it, it is necessary that our opponents ensure the adequate behavior of the non-government military formations. The scenario that was expected during these three days didn’t happen. That  is why the question of extension of the humanitarian pause is not relevant,” Ryabkov stated, as reported by Russia's TASS news agency. 

    Last week, the …

  • Ukraine protests Syria's recognition of the Crimea as part of Russia

    Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has submitted an official note of protest to Syria’s representative in Kyiv over Damascus’ recognition of the Crimea as part of the Russian Federation, as stated by the ministry’s spokesperson Maryana Betsa, TASS reported.

    "On October 20th, the Foreign Ministry summoned Syria’s Charge d’Affaires to lodge a strong protest against Syria’s recognition of the Crimea as part of Russia and demand an explanation concerning the statements of the Syrian parliament speaker on …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow will take 'asymmetrical measures' if the U.S. tightens sanctions

    Moscow has prepared a series of “asymmetrical measures” that will be taken if Washington tightens sanctions on Russia, as stated by Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov while speaking at a meeting of the Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the bill on the suspension of the plutonium disposal agreement with the U.S., TASS reported.

    "The US policy of sanctions towards Russia has continued for a long time. We have used this period to do some research and to …

  • Moscow will provide Ankara with intelligence about operation in Syria

    On October 24, Moscow will provide Ankara with intelligence information about the Turkish operation “Euphrates Shield” in Syria, Izvestia newspaper reported. An informed source said to the newspaper, the agreement on the transfer of intelligence information was reached during a recent visit of Russian leadership to Turkey.

    “The chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Viktor Gerasimov, was a member of the Russian delegation and held talks with his Turkish …