• Dozens killed in plane crash in Rostov-on-Don, Russia

    A FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 flying from Dubai crashed as it was attempting to land in Rostov-on-Don. It is not clear what caused the crash, but poor visibility and high winds are considered to be the main factors. The crash killed all 55 passengers and seven crew members.

    FlyDubai said 44 Russians, eight Ukrainians, two Indians and an Uzbek were on board.

    CCTV footage showed an explosion and a huge flash after the plane crashed.

    "The aircraft hit the ground and broke into pieces," the …

  • Despite Putin's announcement of a withdrawal, Russian air strikes continue in Syria

    Russia continues to carry out airstrikes in Syria, despite President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on Monday that the majority of Russian forces would be withdrawn from the war-torn country, Interfax reported.

    According to the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Armed Forces of Russia, Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy, Russian aircraft continue to carry out airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State and al-Nusra Front in support of Syrian government forces in the territory …

  • Swedish Security Service: Russian propaganda is a threat

    According to Swedish Security Service (SAPO), Russia uses psychological warfare in order to influence decision-making in the country. On March 17th, the SAPO presented a report in Stockholm stating that Russia supports extremist movements in Sweden and consciously spreads false information throughout the country.

    “It can be, for example, propaganda from Russian media companies that are seeking to influence our perception of reality,” a counterintelligence analyst, Wilhelm Unge, stated.  …

  • Putin visits Crimea to examine progress of Kerch Strait Bridge

    During a meeting in Crimea with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and the head of the Ministry of Economic Development, Alexey Ulyukaev,  Vladimir Putin demanded that those responsible for the delay in construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge from Russia to Crimea be properly dealt with, as reported by Dozhd. According to the Russian President, a specific person must be responsible for the results of work, so the Putin "does not have to keep calling phones all around the Government or …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence reports 13 separatist casualties in one day in the Donbas

    The Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (MDI) reported that on March 16th, six pro-Russian separatists were killed and seven were injured. 

    The MDI also stated that from March 10th to March 15th, the bodies of 60 militants fighting under the flags of the breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine were transported from Dyakovo in Ukraine to Kuibyshevo in the Rostov region of Russia.  

    In addition, the Directorate noted that military equipment transfers from …