• China reduces imports of Russian oil

    For the second year in a row Russia loses to Saudi Arabia the competition for the world's largest oil market.

    China, which buys more than 10% of world oil  production daily, reduced imports of Russian oil in 2021, TASS reports, citing statistics from the General Administration of Customs of China.

    During the year, Russian oil companies sold 79.64 million tons of oil to Chinese customers, which is 4.5% less than a year earlier. The volume of supplies shrank to the levels of 2 years ago: in 2020 …

  • Head of German Navy: Putin deserves our respect

    Ukraine will not be able to take the annexed Crimea back, and Russian President Vladimir Putin "may deserve respect," said the Chief of German Navy, Vice Admiral, Kay-Achim Schönbach, during a discussion at the Indian Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

    "The Crimean Peninsula is lost. It cannot be returned. That's a fact. And we need to understand that political issues are matters of facts and emotions," Schönbach said.

    He believes that Russia does not really want to …

  • Large shipment of American weapons delivered to Ukraine

    The first shipment of the security assistance package, which was recently approved by US President Joe Biden, has arrived in Kyiv, reported the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine on Twitter.

    That cargo includes about 200,000 pounds of lethal weapons, including ammunition for Ukraine's military on the front lines.

    "This assistance, as well as security assistance, amounting to more than $2.7 billion that the U.S. has provided to Ukraine since 2014, demonstrates the United States' strong commitment to …

  • Baltic countries to send Stinger and Javelin systems to Ukraine

    In order to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and counter possible Russian aggression, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, along with diplomatic support, will provide Ukraine with military assistance, said Lithuanian Defense Ministry.

    As part of this assistance, Lithuania and Latvia will send Stinger anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine, and Estonia will send Javelin portable anti-tank missile systems.

    “Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia speak together in support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial …

  • Estonia asks Berlin for permission to send German made howitzers to Ukraine

    Estonia has asked Germany to approve the transfer to Ukraine of 122-mm howitzers produced in the German Democratic Republic, reports Deutsche Welle, citing the press secretary of the German Defense Ministry.

    According to her, the request is being studied and is "under departmental review". The process must be coordinated with Finland, because it was to this country that howitzers were initially sold in the 1990s.

    In 2021, Estonian Ministry of Defense decided to provide weapons and ammunition …

  • Czech Republic is ready to provide weapons to Ukraine

    The new government of the Czech Republic expressed its readiness to provide Ukraine with the necessary weapons amid the growing threat of Russian aggression, reported the Czech newspaper Hospodarske noviny.

    Czech Defense Minister Jana Černochová said that there is a consensus regarding Ukraine in the current government coalition, consisting of five parties.

    "I talk a lot with Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, and we have similar views regarding assistance to Ukraine coincide," she said. …

  • Kyiv: Russia sends more tanks into Donbas

    In Recent weeks Russia has been strengthening militants in the Donbas and is actively recruiting mercenaries who, after undergoing intensive training, are sent to the unrecognized Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics" (DPR and LPR), said the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    “Since the beginning of January, Russia has secretly delivered to DPR and LPR by rail and road transport more than 7,000 tons of fuel, several  tanks and units of self-propelled artillery, …

  • ‘Executioner of Tehran’ becomes honorary professor of Moscow State University

    Rector of Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichy presented Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi with a diploma of honorary professor at the University, reported TASS.

    "Ibrahim Raisi is awarded the title of Honorary Professor of Moscow University, which guarantees him rights, honors and privileges," Sadovnichy said.

    Raisi was on an official visit Russia. He had a meeting with the Russian MPs at the State Duma, held meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister …

  • Green party representative to head Nord Stream 2 certification in Germany

    The German Federal Network Agency, which is responsible for certification of Nord Stream 2 pipeline, will be undergoing a leadership change. On March 1, 2022, a former Greens politician Klaus Müller will take over the Federal Network Agency in Bonn (Bundesnetzagentur, BNetzA), reported the German newspaper Handelsblatt .

    The current head of the agency, Jochen Hohmann, after ten years in this position, was not eligible for a new term and is retiring at the age of 68.

    At the same time, one of …

  • Washington allows Baltic countries to arm Ukraine with American weapons

    The American publication Politico, citing sources in the US State Department, reported that in the near future the Ukrainian army will receive a shipment of American weapons previously delivered to the Baltic states - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as part of cooperation in NATO.

    The delivery will be carried out based on three requests received in Washington from these countries in recent weeks.

    The mandatory approval by the U.S. Department of State for the transfer of US-made weapons to a " …