• US Air Force Secretary: Russia is the main threat to our national security

    The United States Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, confirmed that Russia supports the hostilities in eastern Ukraine. In her interview with Fox News, James called Russia the number one threat to US national security, Voice of America reported.

    “Russia is one of a handful of [countries] that could pose an existential threat to the United States. They have nuclear weapons. They have been acting in very aggressive manners in recent years. And they’re also investing [in] and they’re …

  • Human Rights Group: Russia deployed convoys of military vehicles to Crimea via Kerch

    A large amount of Russian military equipment was delivered to the annexed Crimea via the Kerch ferry crossing, reported the Crimean Human Rights Group, referencing eyewitnesses. According to the organization, convoys of Russian military equipment proceeded deeper into the peninsula. It was noted that a whole railroad train loaded with military equipment was spotted on August 6 at the railway station in Kerch.

    The same evening, a large convoy of Russian military vehicles left Kerch, moving …

  • Russia finds way to circumvent Crimean sanctions to power the peninsula

    Russia has found an original way to provide electricity to the annexed peninsula using European technologies to circumvent the sanctions imposed by the European Union. As Reuters reported on 5 August, citing several sources, Russian companies have approved a plan to use turbines manufactured by Siemens Gas Turbine Technologies, LLC and a Russian company, Power Machines, which opened a plant in Saint-Petersburg last year, to construct power plants in the Crimea.

    Siemens categorically denied its …

  • Lawsuit filed against Ukraine over Malaysian Airlines flight MH17

    Several relatives of victims from the Boeing 777 crash filed lawsuits in the European Court on Human Rights (ECHR) against Ukraine for the crash of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over the Donbas on July 17, 2014, Kommersant reported. The lawsuit was filed by German citizens Elena Joppa and Tim Laushet, living in Australia, as well as Chris and Denise Kenke, relatives of passengers killed in the disaster. They hold Kiev partially responsible because the airspace over the territory where the …

  • Russian citizen detained in Ukraine for illegally transferring millions of dollars to Russia

    Officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) detained a Russian citizen suspected of illegally transferring funds in the amount of 16 million dollars from Odessa to Russian accounts.

    A statement posted on Saturday, August 6th, on the SSU website indicated that the as-yet unidentified Russian "created a mechanism of fake financial and business operations for the accumulation, transit and withdrawal of funds." The monthly turnover of the said fraud totaled more than $2 million. …

  • Forces to withdraw 1 km from both sides of demarcation line in eastern Ukraine

    The Ukrainian representative to the security subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas, Yevhen Marchuk, stated on 112 Ukraine TV that the group’s decision on the withdrawal of forces of 1 km from the demarcation line on each side will be ready soon.

    “The agreement is almost ready. It is the group’s decision concerning the withdrawal of forces from the front line per kilometer by both parties, i.e. a two-kilometer distance. We have agreed to repeat the discussion on Tuesday in order to …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: More Russian tanks and other weapons arrived in the Donbas

    The Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported on August 6 that a military equipment convoy from the Russian Armed Forces – tanks, armored combat vehicles, artillery mounts and trucks – was moving through the Ukrainian border in the areas of Kuibysheve(in the Rostov region) and Marinovka (in the Donetsk region). In addition, a supply of weapons, military equipment, ammunition, oil and lubricants from the Russian Federation was recorded.

    In particular, 10 …

  • State Border Guard Service of Ukraine records Russian helicopters over Crimea

    Ukrainian border guards again reported sightings of Russian helicopters flying over the territory of the Crimea, according to the service’s website.

    "Guards from the Berdyansk detachment on the administrative border recorded a flight of Russian Mi-8 helicopters over the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Cooperative units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have already been informed," the website noted.

    The day before, at administrative border with the …

  • Media: There is unexplained Russian military buildup in the Crimea

    According to witnesses, the Russian military has been increasing its presence in several areas in the annexed Crimea over the previous day. According to eye witness accounts, military roadblocks reinforced with armed soldiers have been established in the Razdonletsky district.

    The soldiers are stopping and inspecting the passing traffic. Similar roadblocks are reportedly set up in Chernomorsky district. When asked about the reasons for the road checks the soldiers state the “breach of the …

  • Australia interested in cooperating with Ukraine's Antonov aircraft company

    The Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia, Mykola Kulinich, noted that the Australian Ministry of Defense and the Antarctic Division are interested in the possibility of using Antonov transport aircraft.

    After the debut of the An-225 Mriya strategic airlift cargo aircraft, Australia showed a keen interest in establishing ties with the Ukrainian State-Owned Enterprise Antonov. In an interview with Ukrinform news, Ambassador Kulinich said that "We have already proceeded to the first concrete steps …