• Media: Russia is increasing its military presence in Syria

    Russia is significantly increasing its military presence in Syria after the ceasefire broke down. It has deployed servicemen, aircraft and advanced missile systems to the country, Reuters reported, citing publicly available sources. The analysis of this data shows that Russia has doubled its military presence by air and sea compared with the almost two-week period that preceded the truce.

    It is the largest deployment of Russian Armed Forces in Syria since the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, …

  • US spy plane spotted near the Crimea

    On Sunday, a patrol aircraft of the US Navy conducted a reconnaissance flight near the Crimea.

    According to Interfax, with reference to websites that track the movement of military aviation, the P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft left the Sigonella airbase in Sicily. It then flew over Greece and Bulgaria, and was gathering intelligence over the Black Sea near the southern coast of the Crimea.

    Cases of US aircraft approaching Russian borders have become more frequent over the last few …

  • Security Service of Ukraine informed about detention of Russian spy in Rivne

    The Security Service of Ukraine detained an agent from the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, as reported on the SSU (Security Service of Ukraine) website.

    “The spy – a citizen of Ukraine, who resides in Russia, was sent to recruit a senior officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The agent of the Main Intelligence Directorate was to offer the Ukrainian officer and his family money and Russian citizenship in exchange for documents …

  • Lavrov: US actions threaten Russia’s national security

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the United States is taking “aggressive steps” that threaten the national security of Russia.

    “We have witnessed fundamental changes in circumstances concerning aggressive Russophobia, which is the basis of US policy regarding Russia now,” Lavrov said in an interview with Channel One.

    “It’s not just rhetorical Russophobia but aggressive steps which indeed cause damage to national interests and pose a threat to our security,” Lavrov added. …

  • Ukrainian MoD: Withdrawal of troops from Stanytsia Luhanska delayed indefinitely due to separatist attacks

    The Ukrainian Defense Ministry confirmed that the withdrawal of forces and weapons in Stanytsia Luhanska scheduled for today has been postponed indefinitely. The statement was made by Andriy Lysenko, a spokesperson from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, during a briefing.

    The withdrawal of troops and weapons was broken due to the shelling from separatists, which is a violation of the framework agreement.

    “Taking into account the systematic violations of the ceasefire and inability of the …

  • Russia to establish permanent naval base in Tartus, Syria

    Russia’s Defense Ministry is preparing the documents needed to establish a permanent military base in Syria’s Port of Tartus, Interfax reported, referencing Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov.

    “On Syrian territory, we will have a permanent naval base in Tartus. The relevant documents have been prepared,” Pankov said.

    Tartus is the only logistics point of the Russian Navy located outside the former Soviet Union.

    The announcement comes less than a week after Russia deployed S-400 anti- …

  • Strelkov: If there were direct conflict between Russia and US in Syria, Ukraine would launch offensive in Donbas

    The former Minister of Defense of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Igor Strelkov (Girkin), did not exclude the possible escalation of the situation in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine as a result of Russia’s Syrian campaign.

    “I am closely watching the events in Syria and the Donbas. Because for me it’s an axiom — if the U.S.A. decides on a direct armed conflict with Russia in Syria, then it will be a logical step for the U.S. political and military leadership to throw …

  • Putin: Fear is the reason for the West's negative attitudes toward Russia

    In response to the question of a German journalist, “What is the cause of negative attitude of the West towards you,” Russian President Vladimir Putin explained that the negative attitude of the West towards him is caused by fear. This was the answer given by the Russian President to the question posed by the German documentary film-maker Hubert Seipel.

    The story Das ist Putin of the New Russian Sensations program was released on the 8th of October on the website of NTV Channel. The story …

  • Ukraine to file complaint to The Hague against Russia for use of Crimean shelf

    Ukraine will file a complaint against Russia to the international Court of Justice for mining gas in the annexed Crimean shelf, said Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko during a speech in Parliament.

    According to the Minister, pretrial work is now ongoing in order to identify violations by the Russian Federation of international conventions for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

    “Russia cannot …

  • Ukraine's Samopomich party complained to the General Prosecutor’s office about the disengagement of forces in eastern Ukraine

    The Samopomich (“self-reliance”) Party has submitted a criminal complaint to the Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s with respect to the Minsk agreements and disengaging of the forces in a number of areas in the Donbas, as reported on the party’s website.

    "We saw a number of violations of the Ukrainian Constitution and the Criminal Code at the time the Minsk Agreements were signed. That’s why we also turn to the General Prosecutor’s Office with a claim regarding the crime under article 353, “ …