• Putin announces construction of two helicopter carriers in annexed Crimea

    On Monday, July 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the annexed Crimea, where at Zaliv shipyard in Kerch announced the start of construction of helicopter carriers, TASS reports.

    "Today, six new long-distance ships are being laid down at the three leading shipyards of Russia. Two universal amphibious ships will be built here, in Kerch. Two frigates are at Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg, and two nuclear submarines are in Severodvinsk at Sevmash Shipyard," Putin said.

    The …

  • Sea Breeze 2020 international exercises kick off in the Black Sea

    On Monday, July 20, the international naval exercises Sea Breeze 2020 started off the coast of Odesa in the Black Sea.

    The commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Rear Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa, said that in addition to Ukrainian forces, the maneuvers will involve sailors from the United States, Bulgaria, Georgia, Spain, Turkey, Norway and Romania.

    He noted, however, that the length of the exercises had been reduced to one week due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Neizhpapa, the main goal …

  • Russia increases combat readiness of air defense forces along Ukrainian borders

    Russian divisions of anti-aircraft missile systems have increased their combat readiness during a snap inspection in southern Russia and in the annexed Crimea.

    "More than ten divisions, armed with S-400, S-300 systems, Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile systems, from the divisions of the 4th Air Force and Air Defense advanced to the designated positions, deployed and entered combat duty in the new positional areas. The defense of the combined forces from enemy air strikes is provided by the Buk-M2 …

  • Kadyrov demands apologies from Ukrainian President Zelensky

    The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, demanded that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky confirm his earlier apology.

    "Why now, after the apology was accepted, to try to portray something, to wobble, to wag, to try to elevate oneself? Now you, having received the powers of the President of Ukraine, every time come up with new versions of the apology. You will have to  firmly decide  on your position and confirm your apologies. If not, you will have to answer to me," Kadyrov wrote on his …

  • U.S. approves sale of Mark VI patrol boats to Ukraine

    The U.S. has approved the sale to Ukraine of up to 16 Mark VI patrol boats, reported Ukrainian Foreign Minister  Dmytro Kuleba .

    "The U.S. has approved the sale to Ukraine of up to 16 Mark VI patrol boats and accompanying equipment. This will increase the capabilities of the Navy of the Armed Forces, help to counter existing and potential threats in the Black and Azov Seas," the statement reads.

    Kuleba thanked the American partners for their support of Ukraine and said that this important …