Contents tagged with Russia

  • Armenian Prime Minister: during Nagorno-Karabakh conflict Russian missiles worked only 10 percent of the time

    During the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in the autumn of 2020, the Russian Iskander missiles in service with Armenian Armed Forces did not exploded "or exploded only 10% of the time", said Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in an interview with the website

    Answering the journalist's question: "How is it possible?", Pashinyan replied: "I don't know... Maybe it’s an 80s weapon."

    Pashinyan’s comments came in response to the words of the country's former Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan that …

  • Washington imposes sanctions on Russian pipe-laying ship working on Nord Stream 2

    The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the Fortuna pipe-laying ship and its owner, which are involved in the construction of Russia's Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, as stated on the website of the U.S. Treasury Department.

    Last December, Fortuna's specialized barge laid about 2.6 km of pipeline in German waters, after a nearly year-long hiatus in construction due to U.S. sanctions.

    Now the ship, which flies the Russian flag, has been added to the list of companies and entities that …

  • EU prepares to impose sanctions on Russia over Navalny’s prosecution

    The European Council may impose new sanctions against the Russian authorities in connection with the persecution of Alexei Navalny, said the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn.

    According to him, the new measures should be legally indisputable and directed against officials from Russian law enforcement agencies.

    Asselborn noted that during his tenure, the crisis in relations between Russia and the EU has never been so deep. The Minister believes that Alexei …

  • Pro-Russian militants suffer heavy losses during fire exchange with Ukrainian troops in Donbas

    On February 20, pro-Russian militants in the Donbas suffered heavy losses after their positions were shelled by the Ukrainian military, reports Ukrainian news outlet Censor.NET with reference to pro-Russian Telegram channels.

    One channel, Sladkov+, wrote that after Ukraine slammed sanctions on Putin’s friend, Viktor Medvedchuk, the situation in the Donbas escalated. According to the channel, the losses of pro-Russian militants are more significant than officially reported.

    This information …

  • Kyiv: 400,000 Ukrainians affected by war in Donbas

    Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov said at a briefing for UN member states that almost 14,000 Ukrainians have been killed in the war in the Donbas.

    "The war, to some extent, directly affected about 10 million Ukrainians, residents of these regions, as well as citizens of Ukraine, who have gone through conscription in the army, members of their families, etc.," he said.

    “To date, 400,000 of our citizens have been affected by …

  • Russia to scrap world's largest nuclear cruiser

    The nuclear battlecruiser Admiral Lazarev will be sent for disposal, reports Interfax, citing materials of the Russian government’s procurement website.

    The Admiral Lazarev battlecruiser, one of the four Kirov-class cruisers (Soviet designation Project 1144 Orlan), was launched when Brezhnev was in power. This is one of the heaviest and largest ships in the world.

    The decision to dispose of the ship was made after assessing its technical condition, an industry source told Interfax.

    "Its …

  • Russia expels Estonian diplomat in tit-for-tat

    Estonian authorities expelled a Russian diplomat from the country, announced at a briefing the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

    "The newly sworn-in Government of Estonia may have decided to show loyalty to Washington and Brussels in this way. The Russian Embassy diplomat in Tallinn was announced persona non grata without any justification. He was responsible for culture, education, that is, just those areas where cooperation still remains," she said.

    "The Russian …

  • Russia demands Israel stop strikes on Syria

    Israel could provoke a new round of tensions in the Middle East, said the Special Representative of the Russian President for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev, commenting on Israel’s strikes on targets in Syria.

    "These strikes must stop, they are counterproductive. We hope that the Israeli side will understand our concerns, including concerns about the possibility of escalation of violence in Syria," Lavrentyev said, as quoted by the Russian news agency Interfax.

    "Sooner or later, the cup of …

  • Kremlin: almost 640,000 Donbas residents received Russian passports

    The Russian Interior Ministry says that almost 640,000 residents of the uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions have received Russian passports, reports Intefax with reference to the head of the Russian Interior Ministry's department for the Rostov region.

    "To date, there are 639,000 people," Agarkov said.

    Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs said that in 2020, almost 410,000 Ukrainians received Russian citizenship. In four years, according to their data, almost 90 …

  • Russia begins withdrawal of troops from T4 airbase in Syria

    Russia has begun withdrawal of its military from the T4 airbase, which is located in Tiyas, Homs Province, reported Telegram-channel "The Military Observer" with reference to local media.

    T4 is the largest airbase in Syria. In addition to the Russian military, the airbase is home to Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps units and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. There is no information whether Iranian and Hezbollah forces are also leaving the airbase. The T4 airbase has been regularly …