Contents tagged with crimea

  • Two Russian soldiers to be fined nearly $500k for ‘runaway’ missile

    The Russian soldiers Nikolay Zverev and Alexey Chebanov will have to pay the state treasury 31 million rubles (nearly $500,000), according to a ruling by the Crimean Garrison Military Court, which partially upheld a lawsuit by the Russian Defense Ministry. The court ruled that the defendants’ actions caused damage to the state, and found them guilty of breaking the rules for handling weaponry that poses a heightened risk to the surroundings (§1 Art. 349 Russian Criminal Code). Chebanov will …

  • Ukrainian and Estonian presidents call on Russia to withdraw from Crimea and Donbas

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid signed a joint statement on cooperation, in which Estonia reaffirms its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine with Crimea and the Donbas, reports the press service of the Ukrainian President.

    "The presidents reiterated their firm commitment to international law and the basic principles of international relations. They called on the Russian Federation to cancel the illegal occupation of …

  • Russia begins military exercises in Black Sea

    The military exercises of the Russian Black Sea Fleet have started in the Black Sea, reports RIA Novosti, citing the Russian Navy's press service.

    Ships based in Sevastopol and Novorossiysk, the frigate Admiral Essen, a large landing ship Azov, and small rocket ship Vyshny Volochek are involved in the military drills. The support vessels and minesweepers Turbinist and Kovrovets are also participating in the drills, as well as Su-30SM fighter jets.

    During the exercise, the ships' crews will …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky has three main steps planned for ‘de-occupation’ of Crimea

    Anton Korynevych, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s permanent representative to Crimea, named three primary steps that will be taken towards the restoration of the annexed peninsula to Ukraine, reports UNIAN news agency. In particular, there are laws that are important to Crimeans which need to be drafted.

    “We are really trying to become the organ that drafts the bills that are necessary for Crimea and Crimeans. Some initial work has already been done. We look forward to distributing it, …

  • Kyiv: War with Russia will end after reparation has been paid and Crimea returned

    The Russian-Ukrainian war will end once the aggressor-state returns all of the occupied territories, including Crimea, and pays reparation, said Dmitry Kuleba, Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, as cited by RBC-Ukraine.

    The vice prime minister said that the full extent of the damage caused by Russia’s invasion of the Donbas has not yet been determined.

    “Factories there have been ripped apart and taken away, mines there have been flooded, and if there is …

  • Ukraine unveils warhead of Crimean Bridge ‘destroyer’ missile

    Ukraine has unveiled the warhead of the self-guided “Neptune” missile, the Ukrainian publication Defense Express reports.

    The Neptune missile is anti-ship, subsonic and low-altitude, with a maximum range no greater than 300 km. Neptunes are designed to destroy land targets and ships with a displacement of less than 5,000 tons.

    The missile was developed on the basis of the Soviet-era X-35 missile by the Luch Design Bureau. It was first demonstrated in 2015 and first tested in 2016. In 2018 …

  • US Air Force strategic drone conducts reconnaissance near Crimea

    According to the data of the PlaneRadar air traffic monitoring service, a strategic drone RQ-4 Global Hawk of the US Air Force conducted a several hours long reconnaissance flight along the Black Sea coast of Crimea and Russia. At one point, the military drone approached the coast of Crimea at a distance of 25 km south of Sevastopol, where, according to sources, a division of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems is deployed.

    According to PlaneRadar, the drone took off from the Naval Air …

  • Russian authorities try to prevent 82 years old veteran of Crimean Tatar national movement from entering Crimea

    On November 8, the chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov said that the Russian authorities of Crimea detained a veteran of the Crimean Tatar movement, 82-year-old Soviet dissident Ayshe Seitmuratova.

    According to Chubarov, Seitmuratova was detained at the Chaplynka border crossing , located on the administrative border between the mainland Ukraine and the annexed Crimea.

    "It has just become known that the Russian occupiers detained the legendary 82-year-old Ayshe …

  • NATO calls on Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine

    Representatives of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Ukrainian government in Kyiv on Thursday. The topics of the meeting included matters related to the NATO-Ukraine partnership, the situation in eastern Ukraine, and Russia’s significantly increased military presence in Crimea, which is “part of the larger model of Russia’s aggressive actions in the region”.

    In a statement, the NATO-Ukraine commission emphasizes the illegality …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine is ready for negotiations on restoring its sovereignty over Crimea

    Ukraine's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Kateryna Zelenko said that Ukraine is ready for negotiations in any format on the restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty over the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, annexed by Russia, reports Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

    Ukrainian Spokesperson stressed that Russia had committed an international crime against Ukraine.

    "Once again, we remind Russia that, under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Ukraine is a coastal State in the Black Sea, …