Contents tagged with Soviet Union

  • Russian S-300 missile systems spotted at US testing range

    A military enthusiast who goes by the name of Ivan O’Gilvi on Twitter recently published a satellite photo which supposedly shows a Russian S-300 aerial defense system at an American testing ground.

    On the photograph, O’Gilvi identified two 5P85PT launchers mounted on semitrailers and a 30N6 fire control system consisting of a mobile command point and trailer with a radar antenna.

    According to Defence Blog, the US Air Force frequently uses Russian-made aerial defense systems in its drills. …

  • Former Ukrainian President Kravchuk: Ukraine was forced to take Crimea in Soviet times because Russia could not sustain it

    The first president of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, in an interview with the Ukrainian news outlet Apostrof, said that  the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), Nikita Khrushchev forced the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic to integrate the Crimea, since Russia "could not sustain it (the Crimea)."

    “[Nikita Khrushchev] comes to Kyiv, comes to the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of …

  • Latvia: Soviet Union’s deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 was genocide

    The foreign affairs commission of Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, has given its support to a report by the Foreign Ministry which considers the Soviet Union’s deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 a genocide, TV-net reports.

    In addition, the commission has ratified a draft statement by Janis Dombrava, a member of the right-wing National Alliance, that “the USSR in the 20th century deliberately carried out a genocide against all the peoples and ethnic groups residing in the occupied …

  • US moves U-2 strategic reconnaissance planes to Europe

    Two U-2S ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft belonging to the US Air Force crossed the Atlantic from mainland US and landed at the Fairford airfield in England on Tuesday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    The planes transferred from the Beale Air Force Base in California are named DRAGON86 and DRAGON88 and have the registration numbers 80-1071 and 80-1094 respectively.

    No official reason for the transfer of these two aircraft to Europe has been disclosed.

    Until recently, the Fairford …

  • Lithuanian ambassador recalled from Russia for consultations

    On Thursday, March 11, the Baltic News Service (BNS) reported Lithuania’s decision to recall its ambassador to Russia, Remigijus Motuzas, for consultations. One of the reasons was the threats directed at Motuzas, after Vilnius District Court found former Soviet Union Minister of Defense, Dmitry Yazov, and a number of other Russians citizens guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity for their role in the case of January 13, 1991 events. Then, during the clashes following the Soviet army …

  • Ukraine gives Poland evidence of Soviet repressions against Polish people

    Ukraine gave about sixty thousand pages of documents proving Soviet repressions against the Polish people in 1930 to the Polish Institute of National Remembrance or INR, Polish Radio reports.   According to INR head Marzena Kruk, the materials are now being studied and access to them will be open early next year.

    "For the first time we have access to such materials that are no longer separate orders or reports on carrying out Polish operations. We are getting to the so-called kernel, to …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: US to withdraw from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in coming months

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Washington has already made its final decision concerning the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and that in less than two months the White House will formally withdraw from the 1987 treaty.

    “With the withdrawal from the INF Treaty, which has not yet been stated officially, although the intention has been stated, and in the negotiations in Moscow including the meeting between President Putin and John Bolton, it became clear that …

  • Previously unknown remnants of Soviet nuclear bases discovered in Poland

    It is reported that Polish Archaeologist Grzegorz Kiarszys discovered the unknown elements of Soviet bases by analyzing the intelligence materials of the CIA.

    It is noted that three large nuclear weapon stores were established in the territory of Poland – in Templewo, Brzeźnica-Kolonia and Podborsko. All of these stores had a monumental concrete seven meters long shelter dug into the ground which was intended to preserve nuclear warheads. Until the early 1990s, the information about these …

  • Lithuania publishes proof of Red Army crimes

    The Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania published documents on crimes of the Red Army in Lithuania that included murders, rapes and robberies, Delfi news outlet reports. The publication ran on the anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Lithuania.

    Documents of the Communist Party, the Red Army, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other departments were published on the Internet, disclosing their "repressive and violent actions in Lithuania from 1944 to 1953". The …

  • Khrushchev’s son: Joint US-Soviet mission to the Moon did not take place because of the weakness of the Soviet space program

    The youngest son of Nikita Khrushchev, the former leader of the USSR, discussed the development of relations between Moscow and Washington over the past 100 years. According to the 82-year old Doctor of Engineering who has resided in the United States since 1991, his father’s infamous quote, "We will bury you," was a desperate attempt to cover the true weakness of the USSR.

    When John Kennedy offered to send a joint space mission to the Moon, Khrushchev refused over a fear that the Americans …