Security Service of Ukraine releases names of 1,400 of its employees who defected

The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) disclosed the names of 1,391 of its former employees who defected following the Ukrainian Revolution in the spring of 2014. The list was published on the SSU’s website on Saturday, RBC reported. Most of the SSU employees on the list were stationed in the Crimea prior to its annexation in March of 2014.

The list was primarily comprised of individuals who served in the 3rd SSU Alpha Group, located in Simferopol in the Crimea, as well as employees of the Main …


Peskov: Russia is not ready to initiate reconciliation with Turkey

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia is not willing to initiate any type of reconciliation with Turkey, Rosbalt reported.

Relations between Moscow and Ankara have deteriorated significantly following the downing of a Russian Su-24 frontline bomber by a Turkish F-16 fighter over the Syrian-Turkish border in November of last year.

Ankara claims that the Su-24 violated Turkish airspace. Russia, in turn, insists that the aircraft stayed on the Syrian side of the border.

During an …


Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council approves Savchenko sanctions list

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) has approved the list of sanctions against persons involved in the illegal convictions of Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian citizens in Russia as reported by the Press Secretary of the President, Svyatoslav Tsegolko, on Facebook.

"The National Security Council has approved the 'Savchenko and Sentsov sanctions list' against those who fabricated the case against the Ukrainians in Russia. This list will later be expanded to include …


Russia to deploy missile systems on Kuril Islands

The coastal missile systems Bal and Bastion, as well as a new generation of drones will be available during a planned upgrade on the Kuril Islands in 2016, the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, said on Friday.

"A planned re-equipment of formations and military units are being carried out in the Kuril Islands. This year the shore-based missile complexes Bal and Bastion, and new generation unmanned aerial vehicles, Eleron-3 will be accommodated here," Shoigu said at the a meeting of the …


Putin backs Kadyrov to stay on as head of Chechnya

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree appointing Ramzan Kadyrov as the acting head of the Chechen Republic.

"On the fifth of April, your term will expire," the head of the state said to Kadyrov. "Based on what has been done in recent years for the Chechens, for the inhabitants of the republic, first of all, and as a derivative for the whole Russia, I have signed a decree today appointing you acting head of the Chechen Republic, with your further success, hopefully, in the elections …