Contents tagged with Russian Troops

  • Turchynov: Russia concentrates its forces along Ukrainian border

    Russia is deploying additional troops near the Ukrainian border, stated Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov.

    “We can see active attempts to deploy additional military units along the Ukrainian border, and their number is already comparable with those of 2014 when the Russian State Duma decided to deploys troops [to Crimea and Donbas]. These new units are not simply a demonstration of force.  They can be used for active military actions. We …

  • Russian troops conduct exercises in Transnistria

    Military exercises involving the armed forces of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic and servicemen of the Operational Group of the Russian Armed Forces in the region (about 200 people) are held at the training ground in Tiraspol, Ukrinform reports.

    According to the published data by the so-called Defense Ministry of Transdniestria, military exercises with the participation of artillery units are conducted "with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of interaction between …

  • Muzhenko: There are more than 30,000 Russian soldiers in the Donbas

    Currently in the Donbas there are roughly 32,000 people belonging to the regular armed formations of the Russian Federation. In 2014-2015, the mentioned formations were reformatted into the first and second army corps, said Ukrainian Chief of General Staff Viktor Muzhenko in an interview with BBC News Ukraine.

    “We are saying that there are regular Russian military groups there, reformatted as early as the end of 2014 and in 2015 into the first and second army corps. The total number of these …

  • Russia establishes 4 block posts on the border between Syria and Israel

    The Russian military police deployed four of its eight posts on the Syrian side of the demilitarized zone located near the Israel-controlled Golan Heights, as stated by Deputy Commander of the Russian military group in Syria, Lieutenant-General Sergei Kurylenko.

    According to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, the posts were established along the Bravo line in the demilitarized zone. The representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense also stated that on the territory of Golan Heights …

  • Ukraine calls on Russia to withdraw its troops from Georgia

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the occupied territories of Georgia (Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali Region), according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Russia-Georgia was 2018.

    Ukraine reaffirmed its support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders, as well as its commitment to strategic partnership …

  • Kremlin: Russian army does not need new Armata tank

    The Armed Forces of Russia will not buy the new Armata tanks in large numbers, due to their costliness, lamented Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov on Monday, news outlet reports.

    He added that the T-72 tank already in the armament is far more attractive to the military, both technically and financially.

    The Armata tank has the letter “O”, which means that it is a prototype. When such prototypes are made, it implies that this is done not for technical interest’s sake, but …

  • Russian Ministry of Defense denies death of Russian soldiers during terrorist attack in Syria

    The Russian Ministry of Defense has denied media reports that Russian servicemen were killed during a terrorist attack in Syria, reported Interfax. “ISIS terrorists intentionally spread false reports about the death of Russian servicemen in Syria,” the Ministry of Defense said.

    Earlier, the telegram channel Directorate 4, which monitors the situation in the Middle East, published a statement of the Islamic State. The statement asserts that in the province of Deraa in southern Syria, a suicide …

  • Media: Kremlin admits that Russian military participate in Donbas conflict

    The Russian Defense Ministry has paid for monuments to be erected over the graves of the Pskov paratroopers who were killed in combat in the Donbas in summer 2014. In this way the military department is effectively admitting that Russian soldiers were involved in armed aggression against Ukraine, an article published in the Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta on June 24 observes.

    The authors of the article note that in 2014, nameless graves began to appear in the cemeteries of Pskov and the …

  • Kremlin: Russia to conduct exercises in Crimea involving one hundred aircraft and helicopters

    Approximately one hundred aviation units will take part in large-scale exercises in Russia’s Southern Military District, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service reports.

    According to the Russian Ministry, fighters and bombers will fire air-to-air missiles and carry out bombing at the Opuk test range in the Crimea.

    As reported, army helicopters will additionally provide fire support for the Russian Black Sea Fleet marine amphibious forces landing on the rugged coast.

    The Russian Ministry …

  • Poroshenko: Russia has strengthened its troops near Ukrainian borders in preparation to invade

    Since 2014, Russia has reorganized its military forces and strengthened its military presence along the border with Ukraine, as stated by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during the meeting with the Ukrainian military in Kramatorsk, Luhansk region, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    As the President noted, the commander of the Ukrainian Airborne Forces Mykhailo Zabrodskyi informed him about Russia's readiness for a rapid invasion of Ukraine.

    "In his report, General Zabrodskyi informed me in detail …