Contents tagged with Russia

  • Kyiv: Kremlin spends $5 billion a year on war in Donbas

    According to Oleksii Reznikov, Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for The Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, Moscow spends about $5 billion a year on waging war in the Donbas.

    He said this in an interview with LB.ua.

    The Deputy Prime Minister believes that Russia has agreed to a comprehensive truce because the war has been going on for six years and requires a lot of expenses, including the support of pro-Russian militants’ groups.

    "The question remains: how much longer …

  • Kyiv reports attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, accuses pro-Russian militants of violating ceasefire

    Over the past 24 hours, pro-Russian militants in the Donbas opened fire on Ukrainian positions three times, the press center of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation reported.

    "During the past 24 hours, three cases of ceasefire violation were recorded at the sites of our units’ responsibility. Ukrainian defenders did not open fire in response. There are no losses among our soldiers as a result of enemy shelling," the summary of the Ukrainian command reads.

    In particular, near Vodyane the enemy …

  • China blocks Putin's Article on World War II

    The Chinese translation of the article "75th Anniversary of the Great Victory: Shared Responsibility to History and our Future," in which Putin justifies the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, holds the Polish leadership responsible for Hitler's attack on the country and calls the Baltic countries' accession to the USSR legal, appeared on the Chinese version of the Sputnik website (part of the "Russia Today") on June 20.

    According to the news outlet Meduza, the article was blocked on the same day and,  …

  • Russia claims to have successfully tested Zircon hypersonic missile

    The Russian Defense Ministry has successfully completed tests of the Zircon hypersonic missile, reports the Russian news agency RBC citing a statement of the Defense Ministry.

    The test launches of the new missile were conducted from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov. "The tests confirmed the unique tactical and technical characteristics of this missile in terms of range and accuracy, as well as hypersonic speed of its flight," the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    The ministry noted that the unmanned …

  • German Foreign Minister rejects possibility of allowing Russia back into G7

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas rejected a proposal to allow Russia to rejoin the G7.

    "The reason for Russia's expulsion was the annexation of Crimea and the intervention in eastern Ukraine," said Maas in an interview published in two German newspapers Rheinische Post and Bonner General-Anzeiger.

    According to the minister, while there is no solution to the situation with Crimea and the Donbas, he sees "no chance" that Russia will join the G7.

    The G7 includes the United States, Canada, …

  • Russian troops move close to International Coalition forces in Syrian Deir ez-Zor province

    Over the past several days, Russian military convoys have been crossing the Russian-built pontoon bridge across the  the Euphrates river between the towns al-Merayiah and al-Marat and heading for the town of Mazloum in the eastern Deir ez-Zor, reports Deir Ezzor 24 network.

    Nearly 30 tanks and armored vehicles of the Russian forces were deployed in Mazloum and al-Marat, which is about 2 km from the area where the international coalition forces are based. The Russian troops were deployed on the …

  • Russia's ambassador to the UN urges Israel to leave Syria alone

    Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council, said that it is necessary to put an end to “the illegal presence” of the United States in Syria.

    Nebenzya stressed that Syria loses about $40 million a month because of its inability to access its oil fields, noting that the "barbaric methods" used by the United States in oil production could lead to an environmental disaster in northeastern Syria and Iraq.

    Nebenzya didn’t forget …

  • U.S. intelligence: Russia actively involved in Libyan conflict

    The U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) is receiving growing evidence that Russia, through the Wagner Group, continues to deploy military equipment in Libya and supply weapons to the front lines of the conflict.

    "Russia continues to play an unhelpful role in Libya by delivering supplies and equipment to the Wagner group," said U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Bradford J. Gering.

    He noted that “Russian Federation continues to violate U.N. Security Council Resolution UNSCR 1970 by actively …

  • Russia suspends deliveries of S-400 missiles to China

    Russian newest S-400 air defense systems, acquired by China several years ago, were left without anti-aircraft guided missiles because Russia decided to stop supplying these weapons to China, reports the Chinese newspaper Sohu. The Russian side could not name the timing for the resumption of deliveries. It has been almost five months since the supplies have stopped.

    "This time, Russia announced the postponement of the delivery of missiles for the Chinese S-400 system. To a certain extent, we …

  • Kadyrov is given rank of Major General by Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin gave head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov military rank of Major General.

    Kadyrov wrote on his VKontakte page that Putin himself read out the decree by phone and congratulated him on the new rank.

    "Yesterday, I had the honor to accept congratulations on the military rank of Major General personally from the President of Russia, Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Vladimir Putin," Kadyrov wrote.

    The head of Chechnya reminded that he is Putin's "faithful infantryman" and is …