Contents tagged with Afghanistan

  • Ukraine may increase its contingent in Afghanistan

    Ukrainian servicemen will continue to participate in the NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, and the Ukrainian contingent may be increased three-fold, Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak reported.

    "The Armed Forces of Ukraine have been performing tasks in the Republic of Afghanistan for eleven years; we will also continue to participate in the mission’s operation. We are willing to increase contribution and to provide additional personnel to the headquarters of the mission – …

  • Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov requests US explanation of 'unidentified helicopters' in Afghanistan

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that Moscow is awaiting the US’s comments on the fact that there are helicopters flying in militant-controlled regions of Afghanistan, RIA Novosti reports. According to Lavrov, “the leaders of several Afghan provinces” have reported on such helicopters.

    “… the unidentified helicopters are in all likelihood helicopters that NATO forces have some kind of connection to, and that carry out flights in the regions where the militants are based. Currently …

  • Six Ukrainian citizens among the victims of the attack on the hotel in Kabul

    Six Ukrainian citizens were killed during the attack of militants at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul as reported on Sunday, January 21, on Twitter by the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Pavlo Klimkin. "I reported to the President about the death of 6 Ukrainian citizens as a result of the attack on the hotel in Kabul," the minister wrote.

    Later, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and instructed the government to provide …

  • Ukraine to increase number of its troops in Afghanistan

    Ukraine will increase its contingent in Afghanistan, said Vadym Prystaiko, the Head of Ukraine’s Mission to NATO, to reporters in Brussels, as a correspondent of reports.

    Prystaiko did not specify how many Ukrainian troops are already in Afghanistan or how many people would be added. He did say that it would be less than a hundred.

    “It might be military, including, for example, military instructors and not just coaches. It might be police coaches, it might be security forces, and it …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry says that US Army must leave Afghanistan

    The US military contingent must leave Afghanistan, as Washington’s campaign has proved to be inconclusive, said Zamir Kabulov, Russian Special Envoy for Afghanistan and the Director of the Second Asia Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    "Moscow has never hurried the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan; however, since the US army can not do anything properly, they should leave Afghanistan. The American campaign in Afghanistan has failed. Afghanistan may become a global incubator of …

  • NATO Secretary General: Ukraine promised to support the NATO mission in Afghanistan

    NATO will retain its military presence in Afghanistan after 2017 and strengthen it, as stated by the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg, on Thursday, following a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers on Afghanistan.

    "We will continue our mission of 'Resolute support' after 2017. Today I can confirm that we will also strengthen our presence," he said, noting that 15 NATO countries committed themselves to increasing their contribution to the mission in Afghanistan. "We …

  • Russia: Unidentified aircraft helping ISIS in Afghanistan

    The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the flights of an unidentified aircraft which provides assistance to ISIS in Afghanistan.

    The ministry drew attention to reports of regular flights of an aircraft without identification marks in various regions of Afghanistan. In particular, the reports contain information about instances where boxes with weapons and other supplies were dropped for ISIS units.

     “This naturally raises a question to the above-mentioned representatives of NATO …

  • NATO considers expanding its mission in Afghanistan

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced a possible expansion of Resolute Support mission within NATO. He spoke about this in an interview with the newspaper Welt am Sonntag published on Sunday, April 30. According to him, some members of the alliance advocate that the mission should be extended not once a year, as now, but once every few years. It is expected that the final decision on these issues will be made in June.

    Mission "Resolute Support" started in early 2015, replacing a 13- …

  • Ukraine intends to prove that Russia supplies weapons to the Taliban

    Washington's allegations that Russia is supplying arms to the Taliban are unprofessional, and there are no grounds for such assertions. So says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    “As for the allegations of supplying arms to the Taliban, which come from the military in Washington and from the military that is leading the US group in the region, including Afghanistan under the command of General Nicholson, they are unprofessional statements and have no basis in …

  • Der Spiegel: Thousands of Afghan refugees in Germany claim to belong to Taliban

    Several thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, who have arrived in Germany since 2015, claim that they had contact with the Taliban or fought for the Taliban. The weekly newspaper Der Spiegel reported this on Saturday, April 22, with reference to a letter from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAM) to the German intelligence service.

    The Federal Prosecutor’s Office is examining more than 70 cases, and six people are in investigative isolation, the publication specifies.

    It is …