Kremlin caught off guard by International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant for Putin
The decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to issue an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin was perceived by the Kremlin as the "most unexpected step" taken by the West, reports Meduza, citing sources close to the Russian presidential administration.
According to the interlocutors of the publication, the Russian authorities were not ready for such a situation. In addition, the possibility of Putin's arrest abroad confuses the Kremlin's plans to promote the image of the …
NATO believes main goal of Ukrainian counteroffensive will be to breach a land corridor to Crimea
The NATO leadership believes that the main goal of the anticipated offensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces will be to establish a corridor to the Crimean peninsula, reports Bild, citing one of NATO’s top officials.
According to the official, leading NATO analysts suggest that a critical six-month in the war is approaching, and in May Western weapons will be used to drive the Russians out from the south and east of Ukraine. Ukrainian counteroffensive may begin in the spring or summer.
At the …
Ukraine claims to have destroyed Russian Kalibr cruise missiles in overnight drone attack on Crimea
On the evening of March 20, several explosions were heard in the city of Dzhankoy in the annexed Crimea. Later, power outage was reported in some areas of the city.
The Russian authorities of the Crimea and the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation announced the attack of several drones on the city. The drones were allegedly shot down, but their wreckage damaged a house and a store. One person was injured. The Crimean authorities claim that the drones targeted civilian objects. The …
Putin: invading Ukraine in 2014 was not possible as Russia did not have hypersonic weapons
Russia did not launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2014 because the Russian army was not prepared for aggression of this magnitude, said the Russian president Vladimir Putin on the air of the national TV channel Russia-1.
"We didn't have hypersonic weapons then, but now we do. There are other modern systems, and in 2014 there was nothing like this," he said in response to a question from journalist Pavel Zarubin.
Also, according to Putin, then the Russian economy was not ready for …
German Minister of Justice: Berlin is ready to arrest Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin will be detained if he crosses the borders of Germany, said the the German Federal Minister of Justice, Marco Buschmann, in an interview with Die Zeit. Bushman noted that he would comply with the court's requirement under the 1998 Rome Statute (the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the international treaty that established the ICC).
"I expect the ICC to quickly contact Interpol and ask for enforcement. Then, Germany will be obliged to arrest …
Kyiv: Russian offensive on Bakhmut is failing
The Russians' plans to capture Bakhmut are collapsing, said the Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration, Andriy Yermak.
"The defense forces continue to deter the enemy in the east. Their plans to occupy Bakhmut are now failing," Yermak wrote on Telegram.
For his part, the press secretary of the Eastern Group of Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Serhiy Cherevaty, said that Russian forces cannot complete the operation to capture Bakhmut and continue to carry out attacks "by …
Sources: due to significant losses Russia experiencing severe shortage of troops, may need another round of mobilization
Russia could have lost more troops in Ukraine than between February and September 2022, reports the news outlet Agenstvo, which analyzed the estimates of several sources that monitor the Russian losses.
The list of names of the Russians killed in Ukraine is maintained by the publications Mediazona and the Russian service of the BBC together with a group of volunteers. When mobilization was announced on September 21, there were 6.6 names in the list, and from September 2022 to March 17, 2023, …
Russia establishes a special protected zone around residences of Putin and his mistress Kabaeva on lake Valdai
The Russian authorities have established an exclusion zone around the alleged residence of Vladimir Putin on Lake Valdai. The area is equal in size to the island of Malta. Access to this area is prohibited to the ordinary Russians, reports the news outlet Meduza.
Journalists note that the lake itself is divided by the islands into two parts. The one on which the town of Valdai is located belongs to the recreational zone. Economic activity is prohibited there, but tourism, amateur fishing and …
The U.S. sends another strategic reconnaissance drone to the Black Sea
Three days after the incident with the Russian aircraft ramming and disabling the American strategic drone, the US Air Force sent another reconnaissance drone, this time RQ-4 Global Hawk, to the Black Sea.
According to the online service Flightradar24, which tracks air traffic around the world, the US Air Force drone flew in the airspace of Bulgaria and Romania, after then continued into the airspace over the Black Sea. According to the American media, the UAV was sent there to observe Russia’ …
Poland to deploy HIMARS missile systems near Russian border
Poland will deploy HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems near the border with the Russian Kaliningrad region, reported the news outlet Samorządowy, citing the Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Blaszczak.
According to the Minister, Polish 16th Mechanized Division, which is stationed near the border with the Kaliningrad region, will receive American HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems by the end of the year.
The Polish Defense Minister recalled that the Polish authorities ordered HIMARS in 2019 …