Contents tagged with russian military

  • Russia conducts military exercises in annexed Crimea

    Marines from the Black Sea Fleet subdivision with cover provided by army aviation from the Southern Military District disembarked on an unequipped stretch of the coast using large landing ships Orsk and Azov,  as stated on the website of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    While disembarking the marines used a non-standard approach with militray forces coming from various directions, both from the water and air, that allowed them to seize a foothold and equip a fortified area.

    More than 200 …

  • Russian troops practice defense against military drones in South Ossetia

    Russian military specialists in combating unmanned aerial vehicles repelled a mock enemy drone attack on the defense perimeter of their S-300 missile systems in South Ossetia. Military snipers from the Southern Military district base also took part in the operation an attack, RIA Novosti reports, citing the press service of the Southern Military district.

    "During the special tactic exercises, specialists of the Krasukha electronic warfare system and the crew of the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft …

  • Media: New Russian private military company operates in Syria

    A new private military company (PMC) called “Patriot” has been active in Syria at least since spring 2018, and is presumably connected to the Russian Defense Ministry, reported the TV channel Dozhd, citing a source in military circles.

    The Patriot PMC was mentioned alongside the Wagner PMC in a request to the government signed by retired lieutenant-general Leonid Ivashov, Vladimir Petrov, head of the international public organization Honor and Homeland, and Yevgeny Shabayev, chairman of the …

  • Journalist: Two convoys of Russian infantry vehicles headed towards Ukraine

    On April 7, residents of the Russian settlement Petrovka in the Rostov region filmed a convoy of BMD infantry fighting vehicles that were moving toward the border with Ukraine, reports Voice of America journalist Fatima Tlisova on Twitter.

    Residents told the journalist that this is the second convoy of Russian BMDs that drove through their settlement. Each BMD can carry three crew members and five airborne troops. The distance from Petrovka to the border with Ukraine is more than 80 km. …

  • Russia sends military instructors to Central African Republic

    Artyom Kozhin, Deputy Head of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has stated that five military and 170 civilian instructors from Russia have been sent to the Central African Republic (CAR).

    "With the consent of the UN Security Council Committee created pursuant to UNSC Resolution 2127, an allocation of small arms and ammunition from the stocks of Russia’s Defense Ministry was made available to the Central African Army in late January - early …

  • Russian Ministry of Defense starts issuing Russian-made encrypted phones to senior officers

    The Defense Ministry of Russia started issuing specially-protected, Russian-made mobile phones to officers with top secret security clearance, reports Russian newspaper Izvestia, referring to representatives of the Ministry.

    The Atlas mobile phone, worth 115,000 rubles or $2,029 has access to encrypted lines, equipped with hardware that cryptographically protects voice information and that can urgently erase encryption keys. The phone can access normal GSM networks using sim-cards from Megafon, …

  • Russia publishes its military losses for the last 5 years

    The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has prepared statistics on deaths of military servicemen from 2012 - 2016 for those participating in the tender for servicemen insurance, Vedomosti writes.

    According to the data, in 2012, 630 Defense Ministry personnel died, in 2013 there were 596, 790 in 2014, 626 in 2015, and 393 in 2016. Overall, in five years, 3,035 servicemen died, the causes of death were not indicated in the documents.

    The publication notes that the Ministry of Defense …

  • Russia to ban its military from posting about their service on social networks

    The Russian Defense Ministry is preparing a bill which will prohibit military servicemen from providing details of their official service on social networks and online forums, as reported on the website of the Russian government.

    According to the report, it is proposed to impose similar restrictions for the military that are already in place for FSB officers and border guards. In particular, the Russian Ministry of Defense want to prohibit the publication on the Internet of any "information …

  • Russia sends 1,500 newly drafted soldiers to Abkhazia

    About 1,500 Russian conscripts have arrived at the Russian military base in Abkhazia for further military service, as reported by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the manning of the personnel units at the Russian military base in Abkhazia has been completed as part of the 2017 spring draft campaign.

    "Before arriving at the military base, the recruits received a course in combined arms training and took a military oath on the …

  • Pro-Russian separatist added Russian soldier captured by Ukrainian Army in Donbas to prisoner-exchange list

    During a skype conference with the Minsk humanitarian subgroup, the DPR and LPR (officially - separate regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions - ORDLO) demanded the release of the captured Russian military officer, Ageyev, as part of the prisoner exchange program. The DPR and LPR consider Ageyev to be a "soldier," as stated by the representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group, Iryna Herashchenko, on her Facebook page.

    "Ukraine's position here is …