Contents tagged with Russia

  • Russian mercenary group Wagner now a National Guard unit, recruitment resumed

    Russian media reports that the Wagner Group has become a unit of the National Guard of Russia (Rosgvardiya) and has resumed recruitment of militants, particularly in Perm and Novosibirsk.

    A representative of the Wagner PMC in Perm said that this new unit of the Rosgvardiya is led by Pavel Prihodko, the son of Wagner PMC founder Yevgeny Prihodko and his sole heir.

    They are recruiting individuals with combat experience, especially those who have previously served in the PMC. According to the …

  • Kremlin continues contacts with Hamas despite Israel’s outrage

    The Kremlin does not find it embarrassing to meet with representatives of a terrorist organization in Moscow, which carried out a horrific massacre in Israel on October 7 and has been attacking Israeli cities with rockets for the past 20 days. "We continue and consider it necessary to maintain our contacts with all parties," said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, at a press briefing.

    He clarified that Moscow also hopes for a "dialogue with Israel." Peskov also …

  • Russia increases security measures on railways in occupied Crimea amid sabotage threats

    In the temporarily occupied Crimea, Russian troops are increasing the security of trains due to constant sabotage on railway infrastructure, reported the pro-Ukrainian underground movement ATESH on Telegram.

    It is noted that the Russian transport police have introduced additional security measures in Yanky, Kerch, Feodosiya, and Simferopol.

    "The occupiers are mobilising additional personnel to escort cargo and passenger trains. Forces from the operational command are deployed to enhance …

  • Lithuania's Foreign Minister: Russia is using Hamas-Israel conflict to ramp up its Ukraine offensive

    Russia was waiting for Hamas to attack Israel in order to resume its offensive in Ukraine, said Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis, as reported by Ukrinform.

    "We cannot forget or divert our attention from Ukraine, where the situation is not the easiest. We have seen that Russia has resumed its offensive. This reminded us that Russia is expecting a situation like this where we can be distracted and reduce our focus on these attacks. My main hope is that we can send a …

  • Russian Finance Minister: China is main supplier of drones to Russia

    Nearly all of the imported drones currently owned by Russia were supplied by China, said the Russian Finance Minister, Anton Siluanov. Speaking during a meeting of the State Duma's budget and taxation committee on October 16, Siluanov revealed the source of Russia's drone imports, publicly disclosing this information for the first time since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    "Today, the majority of drones are from the People's Republic of China. We are grateful to our partners. However, we need to …

  • Over 40 Russian soldiers held and tortured for rebelling against suicidal offensive on Kupyansk

    At least 42 Russian military personnel, mobilized in Moscow and the Moscow region, are being held "in the dungeon" in the occupied town of Zaitseve. This is their punishment for refusing to participate in a suicidal offensive on Kupyansk, reports the Russian news outlet ASTRA, which has been contacted by the families of the deserters.

    The soldiers belong to the 12th Tank Regiment of the Russian Armed Forces. On October 7, this unit came under heavy artillery shelling near Kupyansk, losing …

  • Ukrainian Naval Forces confirm yesterday’s attack on Russian warships in Sevastopol

    Dmytro  Plenchuk, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Naval Forces, stated that the Russian ship Pavel Derzhavin was attacked twice off the coast of Crimea. The Russian tugboat Nikolay Muru was also hit. 

    "Yesterday was a 'Friday the 13th' for the Russian Black Sea Fleet.The patrol ship Pavel Derzhavin was hit twice. Only the second time did they realize it was time to retreat from our Sevastopol. The damage to the tugboat has been confirmed. It is being towed away. It has the corresponding damage," …

  • Belgium launches €1.7 billion Ukraine support fund, to be funded by taxing frozen Russian assets

    Belgium has launched a special fund to support Ukraine, which will receive funds from taxing frozen Russian assets in the country, that will later be directed towards aid for Ukraine. The fund amounts to €1.7 billion. The announcement was made by the Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo, during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was visiting the country.

    De Croo noted that frozen assets, the income derived from them, and the taxes collected on …

  • Russia suspected of blowing up Balticconnector gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia

    Norwegian seismologists detected a possible explosion in the Baltic Sea during the night of  October 7-8 at 01:20 local time (which coincides with Moscow time). The incident is said to have occurred near the Balticconnector gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia, according to a statement from NORSAR (the Norwegian-US foundation for the detection of earthquakes and nuclear explosions).

    The magnitude of the seismic event is estimated to be 1, which is much lower than the explosion that …

  • French company Turgis & Gaillard and Ukraine’s Antonov to jointly produce Aarok drones for Ukrainian Armed Forces

    French company Turgis & Gaillard has signed a contract with Ukrainian company Antonov for the joint production of Aarok MALE drones, reports La Tribune.

    According to the newspaper, the agreement was signed during the visit of French Defense Minister, Sebastien Lecornu, to Kyiv on September 28th.

    According to Fanny Turgis, President and Founder of Turgis & Gaillard, the drone "should start flying in Ukraine next year." She clarified that after signing the agreement, the Ukrainian and French …