• Russian Foreign Ministry: Washington's expulsion of Russian diplomats is revenge for US foreign policy failure

    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Washington’s decision to expel Russian diplomats is an attempt to take revenge on the Kremlin for its own foreign policy failures, TASS reported.

    "What happened in the world on December 29 is very symbolic. Moscow announced the truce in Syria, the long-awaited truce the diplomats, the military were trying to achieve by pooling efforts, trying to find common ground with our partners. It was so difficult, and our foreign and defense …

  • The Czech Republic created a center to fight Russian propaganda

    The Center for combatting terrorism and hybrid threats will start operating in the Czech Republic on January 1st, 2017. This was reported by Ukrinform with reference to the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs.

    "According to the preliminary recommendations from the analysis of national security hybrid threats, including terrorism, radicalization and foreign misinformation campaigns, that pose a serious danger to internal security, it was decided to establish an appropriate government body," …

  • Putin signed a law allowing soldiers to enter into short-term contracts

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law giving the military an opportunity to enter into short-term contracts. The document is published on the official web portal of legal information.

    In the past, servicemen with the rank of soldier, sailor, sergeant or master sergeant could make their first contract for two or three years. Warrant officers, midshipmen and officers could sign up for five years. Now, according to the new bill, these categories of military personnel will be able to sign …

  • Cabinet of Ministers authorized illegal aircraft to be shot down over the territory of Ukraine

    The Cabinet of Ministers authorized the Ukrainian military to open fire on aircraft that illegally violate the state border of Ukraine or are suspected of committing acts of terrorism. This is stated in the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers, the press service of the Cabinet reports.

    The peacetime duties and tasks of the air defense forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were complemented by the following paragraph:

    "Destruction of aircraft of the armed forces of other states, which have …

  • Ukraine extended sanctions against Russia for another year

    The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine imposed additional sanctions against individuals and entities from Russia, as reported by the NSDC’s press center.

    “In particular, sanctions have been imposed against individuals illegally elected to the State Duma of the Russian Federation based on the results of the so-called elections held by occupational authorities in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, members of the so-called electoral commissions, …