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For a second day in a row now Russia has been launching air strikes in Syria.Reportedly, the strikes targeted sites in the north-west held by the Army of Conquest rebel alliance, as well as areas in Homs and Hama provinces.Russia claims that with some 20 missions carried out on Wednesday it struck 12 Islamic State (IS) positions in 24 hours, destroying a command centre and two arms depots.Although the US fears it was the positions of the opponents of Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar al- …
In his statement on Tuesday, Ivan Simonovic, the assistant U.N. secretary-general for human rights noted that efforts by Russia-backed separatist rebels to block "desperately needed" humanitarian aid from reaching people in conflict-ridden eastern Ukraine could amount to crimes against humanity. Mr. Simonovic criticized as a "great mistake" the move by rebels who control the eastern city of Luhansk to kick out U.N. and humanitarian aid agencies.
"I do think that currently the military warfare …
President Obama has authorized the U.S. State Department to provide up to $20 million to Ukraine to fund military training and other similar activities.This came one day after Ukraine announced that US instructors would start training the country’s special forces.
“The authority... to direct the drawdown of up to $20 million in defense articles and services of the Department of Defense and military education and training to provide assistance for the Government of Ukraine,” the Presidential …
At least 27 civilians are reported to have been killed Wednesday in first Russian airstrikes on Syrian towns near the city of Homs.Earlier today the upper house of the Russian parliament gave President Vladimir Putin approval to use the air force in Syria, according to state media.
"The Federation Council unanimously supported the President's request -- 162 votes in favor of granting permission," Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergey Ivanov said, according to ITAR-Tass.
The vote came after a …
The upper house of Russia's parliament has voted to allow the military to be deployed in Syria, making it the first formal move to legalize Russian air strikes on the militant Islamic State (IS) group.
According to US intelligence, within hours Russia appeared to have carried out its first attack.
Although as assured by a senior Kremlin official, no ground troops would be involved in Syria, only the air force.
Earlier this week President Vladimir Putin called for a broad anti-terror …
As reported by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), Russian TOS-1 thermobaric rocket launchers have been spotted in Ukraine.A multiple launch thermobaric rocket system (TOS-1 Buratino, 220mm) was spotted at Kruhlyk training area around 30 km south-west of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, controlled by pro-russian forces. TOS-1 is a Russian 220mm 30-barrel (original system, Ob.634 or TOS-1M) or 24-barrel (Ob.634B or TOS-1A) multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank …
As reported by BBC, a pair of Russian special-forces soldiers have gone on trial in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov were accused of waging war against Ukrainian troops. They were captured in May in east Ukraine. Both are alleged to be officers in Russia's GRU foreign military intelligence, though Russia insists the men were not serving soldiers when they were detained. Prosecutors called for life sentences. The two russians denied charges of terrorism and the hearing …
In his recent interview with CBC, Russian President Vladimir Putin said there are several conditions where he might remain in power.According to Putin, no laws would be violated if he goes for the 4th term as the Russian President, and his staying in power would depend on the circumstances
"But I'm not sure I should take full advantage of these constitutional rights. This will depend on the specific situation in the country, in the world, and on my own sentiments, "- said Putin.
As reported by Informational Resistance Group, all municipal services of Horlivka are now controlled by Russian citizens.Horlivka is a city in the east of Ukraine held by the pro-russian forces. It's pre war population listed as 250,000. Horlivka's all major services such as mayor office, police department, school board, and others have been taken over by russians.The same is happening to its largest factories, coal mines and other enterprises which are managed now from Rostov, a russian city …
As reported, The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) got interested in Ekaterina Tikhonova, who media say is the daugher of Russian President Vladimir Putin.Ekaterina became the head of a Moscow State University project with a budget of 1, 5 billion dollars.
Former gymnast, who specialized in acrobatic rock 'n' roll, entered the Academic Council of Moscow State University between April 2014 and January 2015, found OCCRP. In May, her fund Innopraktika began to develope a …