Contents tagged with Russia

  • Russian court issues fine to Google for ‘fake videos’ about war in Ukraine

    Google’s parent company Alphabet has been fined 11 million rubles ($135,000) by Moscow’s Tagansky District Court for distributing “inaccurate” information about Russian troop losses in Ukraine.

    The court also highlighted videos on YouTube that it called “fake”, which featured phone conversations between Russian soldiers and their relatives back home.

    Though Russia has acknowledged losses in its invasion of Ukraine, its official casualty figures are considered to be much higher than the …

  • Russian military commander says Moscow seeks ‘control’ of southern Ukraine to make path to Moldova

    On Friday, Russian Major Gen Rustam Minnekayev said Moscow seeks to establish “complete control” over eastern and southern Ukraine, which would provide a land bridge from Russia to the annexed Crimea as well as the Moldovan breakaway region of Transnistria, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.

    According to Minnekayev, Russia’s second stage of the “special military operation”, the Kremlin’s euphemism for the invasion of Ukraine, seeks to establish control of Ukraine’s Donbas region.

    Such a move, …

  • Estonia and Latvia recognize Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine as genocide

    Latvia and Estonia have become the first countries in the world to officially recognize the crimes of the Russian Federation in Ukraine as genocide

    The parliaments of Latvia and Estonia adopted statements acknowledging that Russia had committed genocide against the Ukrainian people. 

    In the statement published on its website, the Estonian Parliament says that the Russian Federation committed acts of genocide, including mass atrocities, against the civilian population in the temporarily …

  • Russia tests intercontinental ballistic missile, Putin says it will make ‘those who threaten Russia think’

    The Russian military has carried out a test launch of the RS-28 Sarmat super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

    "Today, at 3:12 p.m. Moscow time, a successful launch of the Sarmat stationary intercontinental ballistic missile was carried out from a silo launcher at the Plesetsk state test cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region," the Russian MoD stated.

    “This launch is the first in the program of state tests. After the completion of the test program, …

  • Hungarian Foreign Minister: Hungary will not support EU sanctions against Russian oil and gas

    Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó said that his country will not join the sanctions of the European Union against Russian oil and gas, reported Interfax-Ukraine.

    "The Hungarian people cannot pay for this war, so we will not support the imposition of sanctions on gas and oil supplies," Szijjártó said at a news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara.

    "Hungary depends on Russian gas. The supplies are carried out in accordance with international agreements," …

  • Moldova refuses to sell MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine

    At the beginning of the Russian invasion, Ukraine appealed to Moldova with a request to sell or hand over six MiG-29 aircraft, inherited by Moldova after the collapse of the USSR, but Moldova categorically refused to provide these planes, reports the Ukrainian newspaper Evropeyska Pravda.

    Sources of the newspaper claim that Moldovan authorities explained the refusal by the fact that they do not want to "irritate Russia", and the fear that the actions of the Moldovan authorities will be viewed …

  • Ukrainian boy escapes Russian bombing to reunite with his mother in Poland

    Author: Nataliia Naidiuk, Ukrainian journalist living in Chernihiv, Ukraine.

    Ukrainians who were working or vacationing abroad at the time of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine remained cut off from their families. It was especially painful for those who had children living in cities that were being shelled by Russian troops.

    Here is one such stories with a happy ending. 9-year-old Maksim travelled 1000 km with strangers to get from Chernihiv to Krakow, Poland. His mother Victoria S (the …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: spokesman of DPR Defense Ministry has been detained by Russian security services

    The spokesman of the Defense Ministry of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Eduard Basurin, has been detained by Russian military.

    Russian security services began reprisals against commanders in the occupied Donbas because of unsuccessful "special military operation". Eduard Basurin is one of such high-ranking military officials who has been detained, reported the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    "After speaking with FSB officers, Eduard Basurin was …

  • Kyiv: Russia’s plan for an offensive in Donbas is under threat of failure

    Russia is experiencing difficulties gathering sufficient forces for an attack in the Eastern Front.

    A third of the Russian army involved in the war has already been destroyed, that is why it is difficult for Russia to gather sufficient troops for a large-scale offensive operation in the Donbas, said Lieutenant General Ihor Romanenko on the air of Ukraine 24 TV channel.

    "They are trying to recruit personnel wherever they can. In terms of technology, too, but the equipment is no longer as new …

  • Kharkiv region governor: Ukraine has enough forces to drive Russian troops out from the region

    Ukraine has enough forces in the Kharkiv region to drive the Russian troops out, but this will happen when an all-out counteroffensive can begin, said the head of the Kharkiv regional administration, Oleg Sinegubov, in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

    "We are now holding defensive positions. This requires a different balance of forces and means. If we begin an offensive, this will be a completely different balance of forces and means. We have enough strength to do this," he assured.

    Sinegubov …