• US lifts restrictions on Antonov flights

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) lifted restrictions on Ukrainian Antonov Airlines on the number of annual cargo charter flights in and out of the country.

    According to aircargoweek.com, the permit to perform cargo charter flights to and from the United States freely was issued in connection with the Agreement on Air Transportation, which was concluded between Ukraine and the United States on July 14, 2015 and entered into force in January 2016.

    The management of Antonov Airlines …

  • Large-scale military police inspection begins in Russia

    On the 28th of September, TASS reported that a large-scale check of military police and military traffic police began in the Western Military District. It involves more than a thousand people, according to the chief of the press-service of the region, Igor Muginov.

    "More than one thousand soldiers and more than 300 units of military and special equipment of the military police and military traffic police of the Western Military District are undergoing control inspection for 2016. Each unit of …

  • Russia's Almaz-Antey arms company admitted MH17 could have been shot down due to operator error

    Malaysia Airline’s Flight MH17 may have crashed due to an operator error of the Buk anti-aircraft. This was reported by the adviser to the chief designer of Russia's state-owned Almaz-Antey, Mikhail Malyshevsky.

    According to him, the probability of a Buk missile system operator’s error cannot be ruled out.

    “There may be a lot of different reasons for this. It could have happened due to poor crew training, or some wrong baseline data, possibly even some tragic mistakes. For example, a …

  • US General Hodges: We are able to deter Russia

    Late last week, the Commander of the U.S Army in Europe, Lieutenant General Frederick Benjamin Hodges, visited Latvia and met with the Commander of the National Armed Forces of Latvia, Raimonds Graube, in order to discuss bilateral cooperation and the implementation of the decisions of the Warsaw Summit, as reported by BaltNews.lv.

    "I have regularly visited Latvia over the past four years and I see the contributions of the Ministry of Defense and the National Armed Forces of Latvia in the …

  • Ukraine is ready for negotiations on 'Yanukovych's debt'

    Ukraine is confident of its legal position in the court dispute with the Russian Federation in England regarding a $3 billion debt on Eurobonds; however, is still open to the possibility of a peaceful settlement of the dispute, if acceptable grounds are met. This was the report from the Ministry of Finance as told to Interfax-Ukraine when asked to comment on the statement regarding the postponement of the Russian-Ukrainian meeting on this issue that was expected to take place in Washington.

    “ …

  • Ten people reported missing in the Crimea, believed to be on political and ethnic grounds

    According to a statement issued by the press service of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, ten people are reported missing on political or ethnic grounds in the Crimea.

    “The lack of responsibility and reparations for victims nourishes impunity,” the statement stresses. As noted in the report, the right to peaceful assembly is restricted in the Crimea, and law enforcement authorities continue to examine and persecute people for expressing their opinions, which are wrongfully …

  • Turkish Foreign Minister says Ankara is ready to work with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria

    According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey is “more than ready” to work with Russia on coordinating a ceasefire in Syria and delivering humanitarian aid if the Kremlin is also willing to do so, Reuters reported.

    "We discussed the issues of a ceasefire and humanitarian aid with our Iranian counterpart Mr. Zarif yesterday [Iranian Foreign Foreign Minister Javad Zarif]. After the normalization of our relations we are discussing the same issues with our ally Russia," Cavusoglu …

  • Russian Deputy Foreign Minister: US statement is tantamount to inviting terrorist attacks against Russia

    According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, a recent statement made by US State Department spokesman John Kirby is tantamount to inviting terrorists to use weapons against Russia, TASS reported.

    On Wednesday, Kirby stated that one of the consequences of the war in Syria could be possible extremist "attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities."

    "And Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags," he added.

    Ryabkov, in turn, stated "We cannot …

  • International Paralympic Committee determined the conditions to restore Russia's membership

    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has requested that the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) halt legal proceedings regarding the defense of the rights of Russian athletes in order to restore the membership of the RPC. The chairman of the Executive Committee of the Russian Paralympic Committee, Pavel Rozhkov, stated this at the meeting of the Federation Council on social policy, Interfax reported.

    “We have sent a second request to the International Paralympic Committee on criteria …

  • Ukraine acknowledges it has lost nearly all Soviet-era mortars during the war in the Donbas

    The Ukrainian Defense Ministry claimed that during the fighting in the Donbas, they used up nearly their entire stockpile of mortar weapons, which Ukraine had kept since Soviet times.

    According to UNIAN, this was reported by the Chief of Armaments of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Mykola Shevtsov at a briefing in Kyiv. "The question of supplying our troops with exactly this kind of weapon is the most urgent,” he said “as during the aggressive hostilities we lost almost our entire arsenal of …