Contents tagged with War in Ukraine

  • More than 1,000 Russian inmates recruited by Wagner private military company to fight in Ukraine

    The Russian news outlet Verstka reports, citing inmates, that the representatives of the Wagner private military company managed to visit about 17 Russian penal colonies in 10 regions of the Russian Federation.

    Verstka notes that Russia has already created a special military base for training the recruited inmates. It is located in the territory of the penal colony in Rostov-on-Don. There, inmates are trained for 20 hours a day, 4 hours are given for sleep. The first group, which was trained …

  • Putin's friend Prigozhin tours Russian prisons to recruit inmates for his Wagner Private Military Company fighting in Ukraine

    Prisoners from the Yaroslavl and Tula regions (Russia) told the news outlet Mediazona how a short bald older man with a Hero of Russia star on his jacket, calling himself Yevgeny Prigozhin, tried to recruit them into his "paramilitary organized crime group".

    Mediazona published the stories of two inmates about the visits to their penal colonies of "Putin's chef" Prigozhin, who offered convicts to take part in the war in Ukraine in exchange for money and pardon.

    According to one inmate from …

  • Russia-appointed official assassinated in Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region

    Vitaly Gur, the deputy head of the Nova Kakhovka housing administration established by Russia, died while being transported to a hospital in annexed Crimea after an attempt was made on him, reports Strana.ua. The death has also been confirmed by the Russian military reporter, Yuriy Kotenok.

    Earlier, RIA Novosti, citing a source in the local administration, reported that an attempt was made on Gur. According to RIA Novosti, he was taken to hospital in serious condition and the doctors were …

  • Russia-installed governor of Kherson region in induced coma due to suspected poisoning

    The head of the Russian-occupied Kherson region Vladimir Saldo was put into a medically induced coma, his condition is assessed as moderate, RIA Novosti reports. The official was hospitalized yesterday. First, he was transferred from the hospital in Kherson to the annexed Crimea, and then sent by special aircraft to Moscow.

    Later, a statement was posted on Saldo’s telegram channel: "Following the advice of doctors, I agreed to undergo a medical examination. According to preliminary estimates, …

  • Zelensky: China can convince Russia to stop the war in Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is looking for an opportunity to talk directly with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    "I would like to talk to the Chinese president directly. I had one conversation with Xi Jinping, that was a year ago. Since the beginning of the Russian large-scale aggression on February 24, we have officially asked for a conversation, but we have not had a single conversation with China, although I believe that this would be useful," the Ukrainian President said in an …

  • Russia rules out possibility of a nuclear strike on Ukraine

    Russia is not considering the possibility of using nuclear weapons against Ukraine, said the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexander Trofimov, at the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapon.

    "We allow a nuclear response only while responding to an aggression with the use of weapons of mass destruction or an aggression using conventional weapons when the very existence of the state is threatened. None of these …

  • After his trip to Moscow German ex-Chancellor Schroeder says Putin is ready for peace talks with Ukraine

    Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder confirmed that he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Moscow in late July. In an interview with the German magazine Stern, he said that Russia wants diplomatic talks with Ukraine.

    "The good news is that the Kremlin wants a negotiated solution. There was already a negotiated approach to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, for example, in Istanbul in March," he recalled and praised Turkey for the agreement on the export of …

  • Russia accuses the U.S. of directly fighting alongside Ukraine

    The Russian Defense Ministry has accused the United States of "direct involvement" in the war on the side of Ukraine because Kyiv allegedly coordinates with Washington the targets for its missile strikes.

    The Russian Defense Ministry referred to an interview of the Ukrainian Major General, Deputy Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate, Vadym Skibitsky, for the British newspaper The Telegraph. Skibitsky said that before HIMARS strikes consultations are taking place between representatives of …

  • Russia recognizes Ukrainian Azov battalion as ‘terrorist organization’

    The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognized the Ukrainian battalion Azov, defending its country from the Russian invasion,  as a terrorist organization, RIA Novosti reports.

    Russia will now be able to try the Azov fighters as accomplices, participants and organizers of terrorists acts with tougher terms of imprisonment. Participants are facing a term of 10 to 20 years in prison, organizers - from 15 to 20 years.

    This will also complicate the process of exchanging Ukrainian …

  • Kyiv: Russian supply routes in Kherson region are under Ukraine’s fire control

    Ukrainian troops continue to keep under fire control Russian logistics and transport supply routes in the occupied territory of the Kherson region, said the head of the press center of the operational command South Natalia Gumenyuk at a press briefing.

    "We can say that in the Kherson direction we continue fire control over the occupied territory, in particular, over the logistics and transport arteries," Gumenyuk said.

    According to her, earlier, the Ukrainian Forces destroyed a Russian train …