Contents tagged with crimea

  • Russia closes three areas of the Black Sea

    Russia suspends the right of free passage for foreign ships in three areas of the Black Sea for six months. The restrictions will take effect on the evening of Thursday, April 24, reported the Russian newspaper Kommersant with a reference to the bulletin issued by the Office of Navigation and Oceanography of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    From 21:00 on 24 April to 21:00 on October 31, Russia suspends the right of free passage through the waters of the Russian Federation "for foreign warships …

  • Russia begins large-scale military exercises in annexed Crimea

    Large-scale military exercises have begun in Crimea. According to TASS, more than 10,000 military personnel, 1,200 weapons and military equipment, as well as more than 40 warships take part in them.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu arrived in Crimea to check the readiness of naval and land groups for exercises as part of a snap combat readiness inspection, according to a press release of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell said earlier …

  • Russia closes airspace over Crimea and parts of Black Sea

    Russia imposes temporary restrictions on flights over Crimea and the Black Sea, reports Interfax.

    According to the Notice to Airman (NOTAM) issued by Russia, areas over the southern part of Crimea (from Sevastopol to Feodosia), areas adjacent to the southern coast of Crimea, and also some parts of international waters of the Black Sea have been declared “temporary dangerous”.

    The restriction is in effect from April 20 to 24 and applies to flights at altitudes of up to 19,000 meters. Last week …

  • Donbas negotiations fail as Russia amasses 150,000 troops on Ukrainian border

    Negotiations in the "Normandy format" on the situation in southeastern Ukraine ended inconclusively, Interfax, Kommersant and RIA Novosti reported, citing a source in the Russian delegation.

    The three-hour video conference, which was attended by advisers to the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, failed to reach any agreements on the Donbas amid the ongoing transfer of Russian troops to the borders.

    “At the initiative of the Russian side, the issues related to the ceasefire …

  • Russia builds new military camp in annexed Crimea

    Russia continues to deploy equipment to the annexed Crimea and has built a new military camp there, reported the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

    Der Spiegel published satellite images showing a military base 30 kilometers from the village of Maryivka in the Leninsky district, with more than a thousand trucks stationed in the fenced sections. Satellite photos show that on March 15 the field was empty, and as of April 13, the territory is completely jammed with Russian military equipment.

    As the …

  • Russia deploys 50 fighter jets to annexed Crimea

    Russia has moved more than 50 fighter jets from Stavropol to the annexed Crimea, TASS reports with reference to the press service of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation.

    The crews of the Su-25SM3 aviation unit of the 4th Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Southern Military District, stationed in Stavropol, are relocated to the military airfields in Crimea.

    At the same time, the Su-25SM3 Squadron stationed in Crimea was relocated to the Ashuluk test site in the …

  • Ukraine begins large-scale military exercises near Crimea

    The command of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation reported that Ukrainian Armed Forces have begun large-scale military exercise near the border of the annexed Crimea. According to the scenario of the exercises, Ukrainian military will train to repel an invasion of a hypothetical enemy.

    Tank and artillery units will be taking part in the exercises.

    According to the Commander of the Joint Forces Operations, General Naev, the exercises will be held in real-life conditions.

    He noted that the …

  • Russia begins snap readiness check of its forces in Crimea

    The Russian Black Sea Fleet command has begun a "readiness check" of forces stationed in Crimea and the Krasnodar region, reports Krym.Realii, citing the press service of the Black Sea Fleet.

    During the inspection, the Russian command plans to assess combat training and coherence of navy units, the state of weapons and military equipment.

    "On the orders of the commander of the air defense forces, Alexander Dvornikov, the battalion tactical groups will conduct exercises together with the ship …

  • Ukraine conducts military drills with Bayraktar TB2 drones

    The Ukrainian Air Force conducted drills using Turkish attack drones Bayraktar TB2. According to the Ukrainian news agency Armyinform, the drones, which took off from the airfield near Mykolaiv, flew towards Tendrovsk Bay, located in the southwestern part of the Black Sea coast. The drones later returned to the same airfield.

    "Drones have worked out various training tasks," the agency said in a statement. It reminded that Tendrovsk bay is often used by Ukrainian military to practice sea …

  • ‘Delegation of Chinese investors to Crimea’ reported by Russian media turns out to be a group of small vendors from Moscow market

    A delegation of Chinese investors, who visited Crimea in early March and held talks with the government of the peninsula, discussing the tourism potential and prospects for economic cooperation, turned out to be a group of small vendors from Moscow wholesale and retail markets, reports the news website Meduza citing representatives of the Chinese diaspora in Moscow.

    Chen Shanwen, Chen Yong and Zhao Kai visited Crimea on March 11. They visited wineries and resorts, and participated in a …