Contents tagged with Azov

  • Russia recognizes Ukrainian Azov battalion as ‘terrorist organization’

    The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognized the Ukrainian battalion Azov, defending its country from the Russian invasion,  as a terrorist organization, RIA Novosti reports.

    Russia will now be able to try the Azov fighters as accomplices, participants and organizers of terrorists acts with tougher terms of imprisonment. Participants are facing a term of 10 to 20 years in prison, organizers - from 15 to 20 years.

    This will also complicate the process of exchanging Ukrainian …

  • DPR head Pushilin says Azov commanders were taken to Russia

    The head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, confirmed that the commanders of the Azov regiment, who were captured at Azovstal plant in Mariupol, were taken to Russia.

    "Our investigators have done their work in DPR, now Russian specialists are working on it. Comprehensive information should be gathered in preparation for the tribunal. Its first stage will take place before the end of the summer, this is for sure," Pushilin said on the air of the TV channel Russia 24. …

  • Pro-Moscow separatist leader says tribunal being prepared for captured Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol

    The head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, said the pro-Moscow separatist government will soon hold tribunals for captured Ukrainian servicemen in Mariupol, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

    "Preparations are underway for preliminary tribunals or intermediate tribunals. One of the first will be held in Mariupol, everything is moving towards this," Pushilin said.

    The separatist leader told Rossiya 24 that he does not rule out the death penalty for members of the …

  • Ukraine begins large-scale military exercises

    Tactical military exercises will begin in the West of Ukraine, involving the Airborne Assault Forces, infantry units and the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

    As part of the exercises, the movement of units, landings and combat missions in mountainous areas will be practiced.

    The amphibious units will be supported by Air Force combat aircraft, helicopters and army engineering units.

    "We urge citizens not to worry! These drills are based on …

  • Ukraine repels Russian reconnaissance ship off Azov coast

    A Ukrainian naval helicopter spotted a Russian coast guard ship in the Sea of Azov which was collecting reconnaissance data, Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation headquarters reported on Facebook.

    “During planned work to illuminate the underwater and surface situation, a helicopter from the Naval Aviation Brigade spotted at a distance of around 10 nautical miles a ship belonging to the Russian FSB coast guard which was gathering intelligence,” the report states.

    After making several fly-bys, the …

  • Ukrainian volunteer soldiers come under fire in Zolote

    Volunteers in Zolote-4 in the Luhansk region who argued with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, opposing the armed forces’ withdrawal from important positions, came under fire on the evening of Monday October 28, Ukrayinska Pravda reports.

    It is “not known” who fired at the volunteers’ positions. No one was injured in the shooting.

    Aider Muzhdabaev, a journalist for the TV channel ATR, also reported on the shooting. He gave a live interview with the veteran Denis “Azova” Yantar, but was …

  • Ukrainian military capture pro-Russian fighter during a counter attack in Donbas

    A Russian mercenary captured by Azov soldiers said his group had entered a grey area to frame the Ukrainian military in disrupting the "ceasefire", reported the press service of Azov battalion providing the details of the operation near Horlivka (Donetsk region).

    On the night of August 28-29, Azov fighters noticed a group of pro-Russian militants moving through the grey zone in an attempt to infiltrate Ukrainian positions in the Svitlodar salient in violation of the Minsk agreements.

    Azov's …

  • Lavrov ‘allows’ Ukrainian Navy ships to pass through the Kerch Strait

    Ukrainian warships can pass through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of ​​Azov without any problems, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview to the TV network “Zvezda”, reported RIA Novosti.

    “As we have said many times, the fact is that Ukrainian warships can pass from the Black Sea to its ports in the Sea of ​​Azov without any problems. The only condition is that the safety standards for traversing the Kerch Strait must be observed,” he said.

    On 25 November last year, Russia  …

  • EU ready to allocate funds to Ukraine for improvement of transport connection with Mariupol

    The European Union is ready to finance the improvement of the transport connection between Mariupol and the rest of Ukraine, reported the press service of the the Ministry of Infrastructure after the meeting between Ukraine's infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan and EU Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli.

    Mingarelli said that Brussels is ready to support the projects for the improvement of the Zaporizhia-Mariupol railway link and the construction of the Mariupol-Mykolaiv freeway.

    Kyiv and the …

  • Estonia prepares to introduce sanctions against Russia because of Kerch Strait incident

    The Estonian parliament will appeal to the government with a proposal to introduce individual sanctions against four high-ranking Russian officials who are deemed responsible for Russia’s attack on Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait. Among them are Senator Aleksey Pushkov, Vladimir Kulishov, Sergei Stankevich and Vasily Piskarev. The decision was adopted by the Estonian MPs on Wednesday, February 20.

    Fifty-six deputies voted to impose sanctions on the four officials. The sanctions prohibit …