Contents tagged with Russia

  • Ukrainian military analyst: Russian offensive in Donbas has started losing steam

    Military expert and reserve colonel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Oleh Zhdanov believes that by the end of June Russian troops will switch to trench warfare.

    "In principle, today the intensity of the hostilities is decreasing. The Russians are trying to resume the offensive in certain areas around Severodonetsk, but this is not as powerful an offensive as it was at the beginning of last week, when the situation seemed almost critical for us, and the threat of encirclement was very big," …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine began to prepare for Russian invasion last year

    Adviser to the head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Mykhailo Podolyak said that Ukraine began to prepare for war last year, while weapons from the allies began to arrive only in January.

    "If Ukraine did not prepare for war, why did the first Russian strikes fell on mock-up targets, all ammunition was spread out, and exercised were held in January and February ?" Podolyak wrote on Twitter, arguing that not only the Western intelligence was acting on the data about the Kremlin's …

  • Putin: our goal is to ‘take back and strengthen’

    At a meeting with young entrepreneurs in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the goal of modern Russia is to "take back and strengthen."

    Putin compared the current situation with the events of the Northern War (1700-1721) between Russia and Sweden and stressed that Peter I did not take anything away from the neighboring country during this period, instead "he took it back."

    "Peter I waged the Northern War for 21 years," Putin explained. - It would seem that he fought with …

  • Huawei closing its stores in Russia

    One of the world's largest telecommunications companies, Huawei, began to close its official stores in Russia, reports RIA Novosti, citing a source close to the company.

    "The first store closed down in the Riviera shopping center in Moscow on February 28. Then the stores in Novokuznetsk, Ufa and Rostov-on-Don were closed. Thus, out of 19 official stores, only 15 continue to operate," RIA Novosti’s source said.

    The source claims that the main reason for the closure is the shortage of products …

  • Ukraine sends proposal to EU on the seventh package of anti-Russian sanctions

    Ukraine has sent to the European Union its proposals for the seventh sanctions package against Russia, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba during a press briefing.

    According to Kuleba, Ukraine's proposal has 3 parts.

    "The first direction is new sectoral sanctions in the field of energy, finance and trade. The second is a roadmap for new personal sanctions against Russian oligarchs, high-ranking officials and heads of state-owned companies. The third is the closure of already …

  • Zelensky on war with Russia: We are not yet ready for a counteroffensive

    Pushing Russian forces back to their pre-invasion positions would be a major temporary victory for Ukraine, but full sovereignty over Ukraine’s territory remains the ultimate goal, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with the Financial Times.

    "We have fewer weapons and therefore are not able to move forward. We will suffer more losses and people are my priority," he said.

    Zelensky stressed that victory must be achieved on the battlefield, but said he is open to talks …

  • Russian Foreign Minister forced to cancel trip to Serbia after Eastern European countries close airspace

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was forced to cancel a planned trip to Serbia on Monday after three eastern European countries closed their airspace to his airplane.

    Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia implemented the ban which prevented Lavrov from meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade. Moscow has condemned the move as “hostile”.

    “If a visit by the Russian foreign minister to Serbia is seen in the West as something approaching a threat on a universal scale, …

  • Kadyrov and Shoygu discuss how to speed up progress of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, discussed with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu the progress of the war in Ukraine.

    In a post on his Telegram channel, Kadyrov said that he had discussed with Shoygu "the progress of the special operation on denazification and demilitarization" in Ukraine. The interlocutors identified further ways of "interaction".

    "Sergey Kuzhugetovich [Shoygu] has identified new steps that will improve further tactics. The measures taken will significantly …

  • Russian Foreign Minister to discuss export of Ukrainian grain during talks in Turkey

    The export of Ukrainian grain will be one of the main topics during the talks of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Turkey next week, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov at a briefing.

    Journalists asked the Kremlin spokesman to comment on media reports that in the coming days Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and the UN plan to hold a meeting in Istanbul to discuss a roadmap for allowing ships carrying grain from Ukrainian ports.

    "Next week, indeed, our foreign …

  • Ukrainian military command sees no need for full withdrawal from Severodonetsk

    Russian troops are trying to encircle the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Severodonetsk, but there is no need for full withdrawal yet, said deputy head of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Oleksiy Gromov at a press briefing.

    "Yes, the enemy is trying to encircle our troops.  All activities, all actions that are carried out by both military personnel and other units are a part of a single plan. At this time the General Staff does not see a need to …