• Russia declares that Iskander missiles will be permanently stationed in Kaliningrad

    Russia will deploy Iskander missile systems as well as S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft systems in Kaliningrad district, according to the chairman of the Federation Council Defence and Security Committee, Victor Ozerov, as reported by Russia’s RIA news agency.

    According to Ozerov, Russia is strengthening its air defense capability on its western border in response to deployment of the American anti-aircraft system in Europe.

    “We have to strengthen our system of air defense in this direction, bring …

  • Obama urges Putin to advance in the implementation of 'Minsk' before the end of his term in the White House

    US President Barack Obama, during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, urged the Russian President to try and make progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements before the end of his term in January 2017.

    Obama discussed the content of his conversation with the Russian leader at the final press conference following the APEC summit.

    "I talked with Putin about Ukraine, about the need to implement the Minsk Agreements. I called on him to instruct his negotiating team to work …

  • Russia has openly accused separatist leader Igor Plotnitsky of corruption and theft

    Popular Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda has openly accused the head of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Igor Plotnitsky, and his clique of systematic corruption in the article ‘Operation Pilyulkiny’.

    “It isn’t a secret that corruption scandals regarding the inner circle of Igor Plotnitsky are upsetting the rest of the LPR. Almost each sector representing an economic interest is managed by someone known to Plotnitsky. As a result, there is now a shadow economy, higher …

  • Iron Sword 2016 international exercises begin in Lithuania

    As reported by the Lithuanian Defense Ministry, about 4,000 servicemen from 11 NATO-member countries will gather for the third annual Iron Sword military exercises. The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense reports that during the exercises servicemen will plan and carry out defensive and offensive operations and perform other tasks.

    It is reported that the exercises will be carried out between November 20 and December 2 at two Lithuanian landfills.

    Servicemen from Estonia, United States, Great …

  • Separatist Commander: Salaries in the republic are not being paid due to diminishing help from Russia

    The field commander from the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Khodakovsky, explained that the pensions and the salaries to the government workers in the Republic are not being paid because Russia has cut down the funding of the “people’s republic” and the self-declared republic’s own budget does not have enough funds.

    “There are certain difficulties with the help coming from Russia. So you could see that there are delays with the salaries of the government workers. This …

  • Ukrainian Media: Residents of the LPR are no longer paid salaries and pensions

    In October and November, residents of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) stopped receiving salaries and pensions, as reported by Apostrophe news portal, citing sources in LPR.

    Both private and state-owned companies are affected by the delays with the salary payments. The delays range from several months to a few weeks. Even the security services of the self-proclaimed republic are experiencing these problems.

    There are also delays with pension payments.

    The rumors have started …

  • Ukraine's Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office: Investigation into Manafort has not made progress

    The Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office has no grounds for declaring suspicion on any of the persons named in the incident regarding illegal cash payments from the Party of Regions’ shadow fund to an American political consultant Paul Manafort, said the head prosecutor Nazar Holodnitsky in an interview with ZN.ua political weekly.

    According to him, the investigation on the episode of Manafort’s illegal receipt of funds from the Party of Regions has not made any headway in the last …

  • Russia confirms that Kyiv's questioning of Yanukovych via video conference will take place on November 25

    The Head of the Department of Special Investigations of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, Sergey Gorbatyuk, noted that former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych could be interrogated as a witness in the case of the murder of Maidan activists.

    “As far as I’m aware, Russia sent a confirmation that this interrogation should take place on the 25th of November,” Gorbatyuk stated on 112.Ukraine TV on Saturday.

    As previously reported, on November 16, Yanukovych’s lawyer, Vitaliy …

  • Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office questioned President Petro Poroshenko

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko was questioned in the Prosecutor General’s Office about the crimes against Euromaidan activists, as stated by the press secretary of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Larisa Sargan.

    “Yes, I can confirm it,” she said in an interview with Ukrainski Novyny news agency, refusing to report any details.

    According to sources in the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, Poroshenko’s interrogation took place on November 18 and continued for six hours. Earlier, …

  • All Russian missile forces to be fully equipped with nuclear-capable Iskanders by 2020

    All Russian missile formations will be reequipped with Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile systems by 2020, according to the Chief of Missile and Artillery Troops, Mikhail Matveevsky.

    The Major General emphasized that the Islander-M, “is the best missile system in its class today and it is able to overwhelm any missile defense system.”

    According to him, defense industry enterprises in the Russian Federation are working on the modernization of the system in order to improve its combat and …