• Mogherini announces that the visa regime with Ukraine will be eased in the coming days

    The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said that the European Union will ease the visa regime with Ukraine in the coming days.

    "In a few days, we will announce an agreement on simplifying the visa regime with our Ukrainian friends," the head of EU diplomacy said at a meeting of the Security Council.

    According to her, the EU “supports Eastern partners, strengthens their economies and state bodies, their resilience."

    In addition, …

  • Ukrainian portable rocket launcher was presented at an international exhibition in Turkey

    Ukroboronprom presented a portable rocket launcher produced domestically at the international exhibition in Turkey, IDEF-2017, as reported on the agency's website.

    The new weapon is designed to defeat lightly armored and unarmored equipment. The range of the portable rocket launcher is from 70 m to almost 2 km, and the range of a direct shot can reach 600 m.

    It is reported that the use of a new optoelectronic aiming system significantly simplifies the work of the shooter and also provides …

  • Russia denies execution of its soldier by ISIS in Syria

    The Russian Ministry of Defense refuted the claim that ISIS terrorists had captured and executed a Russian soldier in Syria, Interfax reports.

    “All military personnel of the Russian Armed Forces group in Syria are alive, healthy, and are carrying out tasks in the fight against international terrorism within their subdivisions,” the Russian Defense Ministry stated.

    The Russian Defense ministry condemned “the actions of the independent media, which regularly circulates the information output of …

  • Putin awards officers of Russian Special Forces for ‘outstanding service in Syria’

    Officers from the Russian Special Forces were given awards for their participation in operations in Syria. The commander of the group was given “The hero of Russia” award, Russia-24 news channel reported.

    The channel showed four people standing with their backs to the camera. One of them, the commander, told the reporters that the group of 16 Russian Special Forces commandos had entered a battle with “300 terrorist fighters”.

    "Without any losses, we had the upper hand thanks to our position …

  • Six senators advised Trump to meet with Poroshenko before talks with Putin

    Six U.S. senators advised U.S. President Donald Trump to first meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and only then with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, reports Voice of America.

    The letter, signed by John McCain, James Inhofe, Rob Portman, Bob Menendez, Jean Shaheen and Bob Casey, was sent amid reports that Trump and Putin are planning to hold their first in-person meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany in July.

    "Meeting with democratically elected representatives from …

  • Court in the Netherlands rules that Russia deliberately brought Yukos to bankruptcy

    A court in the Netherlands has ruled that Russia deliberately brought the oil company “Yukos” to bankruptcy by insisting that it pay large amounts of taxes.

    In 2004-2005, The Moscow Arbitration Court collected a total of more than 300 billion rubles of tax arrears for 2000-2004 from Yukos; in the summer of 2006, the oil company was declared bankrupt.

    As the Court of Appeals of Amsterdam decided, Dutch legislation does not allow for the recognition of the bankruptcy of the company Yukos in 2006 …

  • Russia shows Arctic air defense systems during military parade in Moscow

    Moscow showcased air defense systems capable of operating in sub-zero Arctic temperatures.

    The Arctic technology – the Tor-M2DT anti-aircraft missile system and the Pantsir-SA anti-aircraft missile and gun system, painted in white and gray – were showcased for the first time, Russian news agency TASS reported.

    The Tor-M2DT anti-aircraft missile system is an Arctic version of the Tor-M2 system. It is mounted on a DT-30 caterpillar conveyor and has a range of at least 15 kilometers of airspace …

  • President of Moldova was the only foreign leader to visit Moscow on Victory Day

    The only foreign leader to visit Moscow on Victory Day was Moldovan President Igor Dodon, Russian Gazeta.ru news website reported.

    He participated in the Victory Parade in Red Square. It was the first time in 15 years that the Moldovan President participated in events of May 9th in Moscow, the site Allmoldova.com reported.

    Not only that, it was the third time Igor Dodon visited Moscow since the beginning of this year.

    The official website of the Kremlin reported that a number of state …

  • Victory Day in Ukraine: massive fights and arrests

    On May 9, large public events took place in Ukraine for the day of Victory over Nazism in World War II. According to provisional information, nearly 600 000 people took part in the events. However, the holiday was not without fights, wounds and arrests. The conflict was most intense in several cities.

    Kyiv According to the communication department of the National Police of Ukraine, about 30 people were arrested in Kyiv. The first clash took place when participants in the so-called “Immortal …

  • Russian citizen in Estonia sentenced to five years prison for espionage

    The Harju County Court in Estonia sentenced Artem Zinchenko, a Russian citizen residing in the Baltic republic, to five years of imprisonment on charges of espionage for Russia. This was reported by ERR news agency.

    According to the report, Zinchenko was found guilty of crimes against Estonia. According to the charges, Zinchenko was recruited by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces (formerly GRU) in 2009. Between 2013 and 2017, he allegedly …