Contents tagged with Ministry of Defense

  • Ukraine: Militants in Donbas deliver military conscription notices to local residents

    Conscription is underway in the separatist-controlled territories of the Donbas.

     “Local residents 18 to 65 years of age received conscription notices requiring them to come to the so-called military commissariats,” the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reports.

    After being drafted, the residents undergo military training for two to four weeks in specialized training centers and shooting ranges belonging to the 1st and 2ndArmy Corps of Russian troops.

  • Russia confirms deployment of Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad region

    The Russian Ministry of Defense of Russia has confirmed deployment of Iskander-M missile systems in Kaliningrad Oblast for the first time, reported Interfax, citing a representative of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    "Last Thursday, during nighttime training for the Victory Parade for the Kaliningrad community, several Iskander-M military vehicles were specially demonstrated. Residents of the Russian exclave should see and understand that the Russian army’s most modernized weaponry stands in the …

  • Russia's Defense Ministry: The US is surrounding Russia with 'missile defense ring'

    Deputy Defense Minister of Russia Alexander Fomin said on a broadcast of Russia-24 that the US plans to deploy a total of 400 interceptor missiles at the Russian borders as part of its global missile defense system.

    "Extensive work is now underway aimed at encircling Russia with a missile defense ring," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman stressed.

    He clarified that the US has already established anti-missile defense sites in California and Alaska, as well as missile defense systems in …

  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defense: Russian military group in the Crimea poses a threat to entire Black Sea

    Russian troops in the Black Sea have sufficient strength to control the area, according to Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine on European Integration Anatoly Petrenko, reports Ukrinform. Petrenko made the statement during a forum in Kyiv called “Occupied Peninsula: Four Years of Resistance.”

    According to Petrenko, Russia "created on the peninsula a self-sufficient interdepartmental group that is capable of conducting operations in the north-west strategic direction." "This allows the Russian …

  • Russia conducts tests of Tor Arctic missile system

    A video of tests of the Arctic Tor-M2DT short-range missile system has been published on the YouTube-channel of RT (Russia Today) news agency.

    According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the tests that were conducted at the Kapustin Yar test site in the Astrakhan region were successful. The consecutive firing of missiles at two targets proved the accuracy of the system.

    The Tor-M2DT system is especially designed to be used for Arctic region based on the chassis of the DT-30PM tracked all- …

  • Russia classifies military and special services procurement

    Going forward, the Russian Ministry of Defense and Special Services will conduct purchases through classified means, the newspaper Kommersant, citing clarifying comments by the Russian Ministry of Finance, Federal Treasury and Federal Antimonopoly Service.

    According to these clarifications, the Federal Security Service (FSB), Foreign Intelligence Service (FIS), and Ministry of Defense, as well as all organizations subordinate to these structures, may only conduct procurement that is intended …

  • Ukrainian journalist reveals classified information of the Defense Ministry

    Commenting on the information provided by journalist Yury Butusov that the Ukrainian Defense Ministry plans to purchase modern anti-tank weapons and drones, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stated that any information on the planned supply of weapons to the Ukrainian army is classified, as reported by

    The press service of the General Staff stated that the procurement procedures of the weapons and equipment are determined by the state defense program, which is in force …

  • Media: Ukrainian Armed Forces getting ready to train operators of Javelin anti-tank missile systems

    This January, the Armed Forces of Ukraine intend to start selecting military personnel to work with the Javelin, the American portable antitank surface-to-air missile, according to the information published on the Ukrainian Military Pages website.

    “Preparation of the candidates will start on January 15 at the Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi National Ground Forces Academy. It will include language training so candidates can build the necessary level of English,” the website writes.

    Upon acquiring …

  • National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine to create special unit for investigation within Ministry of Defense

    The National Anti-Corruption Bureau intends to create a special unit to investigate corruption in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, as indicated on Tuesday, October 17th, the director of the NABU, Artem Sytnik, in Brussels, UNIAN reports.

    "We have completed the creation of detective units and we will now have a separate unit that deal specifically with the Ministry of Defense. This is a huge budget, the biggest budget in the state, and therefore we will pay a lot of attention to it," he said. …

  • Russia intends to increase military expenditures while reducing healthcare and education spending

    The Russian government has proposed to increase total defense spending in 2017 by 179.6 billion rubles - to 3.05 trillion rubles or $52.4 billion (3.3% of GDP), as indicated in a draft amendment to the budget submitted to the State Duma, reports.

    The increase in expenses will be for the closed part of the military budget. The expenditures in all other areas, including social policy, education, and healthcare, are planned to be reduced by 54 billion rubles ($938.5 million). …