Contents tagged with Russia
In the Donbas, Surkov Discussed the Possibility of a Renewal of Hostilities
The Assistant to the President of Russia, Vladislav Surkov, has travelled to the occupied Donbas region twice this month and discussed the possible resurgence of hostilities, as reported by the Ukrainian intelligence service.
“The main goal of the Russian occupational forces is to reach the administrative borders of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions,” stated a representative of the Department of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense. Vadim elaborated on the Kremlin’s decisions on the further …
Russia and Poland Agree on a Temporary Resumption of Freight Transit
According to the agreement between Warsaw and Moscow, Polish and Russian freight carriers will be given 20,000 transport permits, which will be valid until April 15th.
Gazeta Wyborcza reported that the two countries finalized this agreement on February 19th.
As the newspaper reports, the Deputy for the Infrastructure of Poland, Jerzy Schmidt, and the Deputy Minister of Transport of Russia, Nicolay Asaul, signed an agreement in Moscow, which by the end of this week will allow temporary …
Russian satellites encounter problems due to import substitution
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation was forced to order an additional four Meridian communication satellites due to the fact that the Sphere-B perspective devices, which were planned for replacement, proved to be too heavy for existing carrier rockets.
“The problems with import substitution, especially with regard to electronic component bases, has resulted in an increase to the actual mass of the Sphere-B devices. This means that the Proton-M and the Angara-A5 Russian carrier …
Fighting continues in town of Marinka in eastern Ukraine
Militants are preparing to capture the city of Marinka, which is located on the Western outskirts of the Donetsk region. This was reported by the headquarters of the Anti-terrorist Operation (ATO) on the 18th of February.
Due to the increasing number of attacks and the danger to the lives of civilians, the military has stopped working at the Marinka checkpoint. More than 5 000 people pass this checkpoint every day. The militants have accumulated military equipment and personnel in the …
German Intelligence investigates methods of Russian propaganda
The German intelligence service, BND, is checking whether Russia is using the old KGB methods in order to weaken the position of Angela Merkel. The investigation is being conducted on behalf of the German government.BND and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, on behalf of the German government, are investigating whether Russia has resorted to the methods of the Soviet KGB, aiming to influence political debate and public opinion in Germany. The investigation is about the …
Opposition and city authorities in St. Petersburg agree on venue for rally in memory of Boris Nemtsov
City authorities in St. Petersburg have agreed that the demonstration in remembrance of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov will be held on Mars Field. “We received a call and were informed that the meeting, with the participation of 5,000 people, has been agreed to. We are in the process of receiving the written confirmation,” Andrei Pivovarov, the Co-Chairman of the St. Petersburg Branch of the People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS), told Deutsche Welle on February 18th.
He added that the …
David Petraeus and John Herbst call on US Government to Supply more Military Assistance to Ukraine
The former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David Petraeus, and former high-ranking American diplomat, John Herbst, called on the US government to increase military assistance to Ukraine, explaining that the relative calm in eastern Ukraine is only a tactical trick of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
"Despite the reduced level of open Russian aggression, it seems that this is a temporary tactic to have the sanctions lifted despite the expansion of Russian military …
Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada calls on foreign governments to continue pressuring Russia
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted an appeal to the parliaments of foreign countries with regard to Russia and the threats of pro-Russian separatists to execute prisoners held in the Donbas region. This was stated in two resolutions, which were approved by 236 out of 239 deputies on the 18th of February.
The Ukrainian parliament has called on foreign countries to “use all available mechanisms at governmental, parliament and non-governmental levels. They should also give a clear signal …
Russian helicopter violates Estonian airspace
The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a note of protest to the Russian Ambassador in Tallinn over an incident on Thursday in which a Russian military helicopter allegedly violated Estonian airspace. The episode occurred near the village of Vaskarnava near the Russian-Estonian border.
The helicopter did not attempt to contact Estonian air traffic controllers.
The Russian Defense Ministry denies the allegations. “On February 18th, Army helicopters did not fly in the area,” the …
France’s far-right National Front asks Russia for €27 million loan
France’s far-right National Front party has asked Russia for a €27 million loan to help finance its 2017 election campaigns, The Times reported on Friday, citing the party’s treasurer, Wallerand de Saint-Just.
In 2014, the National Front, led by Marine Le Pen, received an €11 million loan from a bank with Russian ties. At the time, French media claimed that the loan bought the party’s support for Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Le Pen’s party claims that the results of the Crimean referendum in 2 …