Contents tagged with Russia

  • US transfers confiscated Russian funds to Estonia for Ukrainian aid

    The United States has transferred $500,000 in confiscated Russian funds to Estonia to aid Ukraine, repoted the US Department of Justice.

    According to the department, the funds were seized by the US following the interception in 2022 of an illicit attempt to import into Russia a high-precision coordinate grinding machine produced in America, intended for use "in the defense sector and in the sphere of nuclear weapons proliferation."

    The machine does not require an export license to European …

  • Bild: on the eve of his death Navalny was supposed to be part of prisoner exchange

    Alexei Navalny, Russia’s foremost critic of President Vladimir Putin, is reportedly dead. The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service announced this information on Friday, February 16. However, Western media are questioning why news of the supposed death of the key Russian political prisoner has emerged now, reports the German newspaper Bild.

    The publication speculates that Navalny could have been exchanged in the coming weeks or months for Vadim Krasikov, who assassinated a former Chechen …

  • Ukrainian forces sink Russian landing ship Caesar Kunikov in the Black Sea

    The Ukrainian Armed Forces, in cooperation with the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine's Ministry of Defense, destroyed the Russian large landing ship Caesar Kunikov in the Black Sea, the General Staff of the Armed Forces announced on the morning of February 14th. "At the time of the strike, the ship was within Ukraine's territorial waters near Alupka," the statement reads.

    The first confirmation of the Caesar Kunikov sinking came from the Ukrainian news outlet Ukrainska Pravda, …

  • Russia faces banana shortage after suspending imports from Ecuador

    Moscow faces a banana shortage after attempting to punish Ecuador over arms shipment to Ukraine, prompting Rosselkhozbank to suggest growing bananas in Russia, reports Agensvo Novosti.

    In January, Ecuador agreed to hand over old Soviet military equipment to Ukraine, in exchange for new American weapons. In early February, Russia's agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said it had discovered medfly infestations in Ecuadorian bananas and suspended their import from February 5.

    Moscow has …

  • Ukrainian intelligence: Russian troops are using Starlink systems in Ukraine

    Russian forces in the occupied territories of Ukraine are using Starlink satellite communication systems, said Ukraine's Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defence (GUR) confirming earlier media reports.

    The GUR claims that the use of Starlink by the Russians has been confirmed through the interception of military communications. For instance, Starlink terminals have been installed in units such as the Russian 83rd Separate Guards Air Assault Brigade in the Donetsk region. …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine achieves parity with Russia in long-range kamikaze drone arsenals

    Ukraine has reached parity with Russia in the number of long-range kamikaze drones in its arsenal, said Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, Development of Education, Science and Technology, and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov on the podcast “Slon”.

    "When it comes to the area of 'Shaheds' and long-range drones, I'll just quote Budanov. A few days ago, in an interview, he said that we have reached parity with these drones. And I will say it's true. We have up to ten …

  • Bundeswehr Inspector General: Germany must prepare for potential conflict within five years

    Germany should be ready for a conflict with Russia within five years, according to Lt. Gen. Carsten Breuer, the Inspector General of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). In an interview with the newspaper Welt am Sonntag, he asserted that enhancing combat readiness to wartime levels entails not only personnel readiness and material provision but also a necessary shift in the mindset of both society at large and the German military.

    With the Russian war against Ukraine, Breuer noted that the …

  • Russian forces advance in Avdiivka threatening Ukrainian supply routes

    Russian forces have breached residential areas in the north of Avdiivka, drawing closer to the logistical routes providing supplies to Ukrainian soldiers defending their positions, said Dmytro Lykhovy, a spokesperson for the Operational-Strategic Group of Forces (OSGF) Tavriya, during a nationwide news broadcast.

    Lykhovy reported that Russian military units are advancing on the northern flank of Avdiivka. They were initially located in residential quarters to the east of the Avdiivka Coke …

  • Ukrainian cyber specialists disrupt Russian drone control system

    On February 8, 2024, the Russian troops reported a major malfunction in their drone control system after Ukrainian cyber specialists carried out another successful operation, reports the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    This application, the Ukrainian intelligence officials note, is used by the Russians to adapt DJI drones for use in combat operations. Among other things, the application allows drone operators to:

    - Configure control pads and create new ones;

    - …

  • Ukrainian intelligence: Russia actively recruiting Syrian mercenaries for war in Ukraine

    Around a thousand mercenaries have undergone training in Syria, before being granted Russian citizenship in Yakutia and dispatched to Ukraine, reports the Ukrainian military intelligence.

    The arrival of mercenaries from Syria to Yakutia for further deployment to Ukraine marks a concerning development. The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (GUR MO) released a video showing Syrian trainees near Aleppo and the Kuweires airbase joyfully displaying Russian passports, …