Contents tagged with Armed Forces

  • Putin announced a surprise inspection of the Russian Air Force

    The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, ordered a sudden inspection of the Russian Aerospace Forces which began on Tuesday, February 7th. This was announced by the Russian Defense Minister General, Sergey Shoygu.

    "Today, in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to assess the readiness of the military command bodies and of the armed forces to carry out combat training tasks, snap inspections of the Aerospace Forces have begun," Shoygu said.

    According …

  • Russia intends to double the combat capabilities of its ground forces by 2021

    According to the Chief of Missile Forces and Artillery of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Mikhail Matveyevsky, Russia plans to double the combat capabilities of the Russian Ground Forces’ Missile Troops and Artillery (MT & A) by 2021, RIA Novosti reported.

    Matveyevsky also said that "as part of the Land Force’s MT & A upgrade, it is planned to have three types of highly mobile brigades, equipped with advanced and modern weapons, military and special equipment rocket, rocket …

  • 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 …

  • Russia accuses two Ukrainian officers of shelling its territory

    A Russian Investigative Committee has identified officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who are allegedly involved in shelling Russian territory from June to August 2014, the official website of the committee stated. It was reported that dozens of inspections of crime scenes and 140 forensic investigations were carried out and more than 1000 witnesses were interviewed.

    “The results of these investigative actions have revealed that the Commander of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade of the …

  • Ukraine moved to 15th place on the Global Militarization Index

    Deutsche Welle has reported that Ukraine has moved up from 23rd place to 15th place in the Global Militarization Index.

    The document also stated that the militarization of Eastern Europe continued to proceed at an especially rapid pace during 2016. “The security situation in Europe has changed as a result of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, and the long-running conflict in eastern Ukraine,” the report noted.

    Russia has taken fifth place. Azerbaijan, Armenia, Greece and Cyprus are all in the …

  • Ukrainian Border Guard Service: Russia is preparing a military rotation in the north of the Crimea

    The Russian Federation plans to replace the paratroopers from Stavropol, who have served in the north of the annexed Crimea since August, with paratroopers from Tula, as stated by the Assistant to the Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, Oleh Slobodyan, at a briefing on Thursday.

    "Preparation for an immediate rotation of the Russian Armed Forces’ airborne troops, deployed on the front line in the north of the annexed Crimean peninsula, is being completed,” he said.

    "The …

  • Putin ratifies joint armed forces agreement with Abkhazia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified an armed forces agreement with the Republic of Abkhazia that unites the Russian and Abkhazian militaries. The information was recently published on the official portal for legal information. The agreement establishes the missions, the orders of formation, deployment and use of the joint forces of both countries.

    Earlier, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden stated during a telephone conversation with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili that the …

  • Putin approved the establishment of joint Armenian-Russian group of forces

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the proposal by the Russian government to form an​ Armenian-Russian joint group of forces. The corresponding document was published on November 14 on the official website of Russian legal information.

    On June 30, 2016, the Armenian parliament ratified the government’s decision to join Russia’s air safety system.

    Armenia, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). …

  • Russia and Armenia will create joint group of forces in Caucasus

    Russia and Armenia intend to create a joint group of forces. The corresponding document was published on Tuesday on the official Internet portal of the Russian governmemnt for legal information.

    “The parties will create a joint group of troops (forces) of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in order to ensure security of parties in the Caucasus region of collective security,” stated the draft agreement between the two countries. The …

  • Ukraine agrees with NATO on the establishment of a new command system for the Ukrainian military

    Ukraine agrees with the NATO military alliance on the establishment of a new command and control system, the C4ISR, as part of their Armed forces, as the head of the Ukrainian parliamentary delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Iryna Friz, told journalists, Xinhua reports."We are working on an agreement regarding the need to establish the C4ISR command and control system as part of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. It will be a real revolution for our army," Friz said.The C4ISR system …