Contents tagged with russian military

  • Russia loses 4 military planes over last 2 weeks

    A Su-24 bomber of the Russian Defense Ministry crashed near the city of Perm on Friday, Interfax reports, citing a source.

    The plane performed a training flight and fell near the town of Vereshchagino, according to preliminary data, due to equipment failure. "Both pilots ejected and survived," the source said.

    A commander and a navigator, who flew to the region for exercises, were on board the plane. Their condition is being determined.

    The Su-24 was the fourth Russian Defense Ministry …

  • Russia wants to cover up soldiers’ digital trail

    Russia’s State Duma has passed a bill on the second reading which prohibits soldiers from sharing sensitive information online. The initiative was proposed after a number of cases where journalists used soldiers’ social network posts to discover details about Moscow’s secret role in foreign conflicts.

    The bill bans soldiers and reservists from publishing any information online which could be used to discover their whereabouts or role in the armed forces.

    The ban is extensive, applying to …

  • Ukraine: Russian military refuses to serve in Donbas

    The command of the Russian armed forces in the Donbas is intensively calling for more and more Russian military. However, they are massively refusing to serve, in particular, due to the unofficial status of their service there, stated the speaker of the Ministry of Defense, Dmytro Hutsulyak, during a briefing, with reference to the information of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

    According to the speaker, since the beginning of November this year, in all …

  • Russia conducts military exercises in annexed Crimea

    Marines from the Black Sea Fleet subdivision with cover provided by army aviation from the Southern Military District disembarked on an unequipped stretch of the coast using large landing ships Orsk and Azov,  as stated on the website of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    While disembarking the marines used a non-standard approach with militray forces coming from various directions, both from the water and air, that allowed them to seize a foothold and equip a fortified area.

    More than 200 …

  • Russian troops practice defense against military drones in South Ossetia

    Russian military specialists in combating unmanned aerial vehicles repelled a mock enemy drone attack on the defense perimeter of their S-300 missile systems in South Ossetia. Military snipers from the Southern Military district base also took part in the operation an attack, RIA Novosti reports, citing the press service of the Southern Military district.

    "During the special tactic exercises, specialists of the Krasukha electronic warfare system and the crew of the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft …

  • Media: New Russian private military company operates in Syria

    A new private military company (PMC) called “Patriot” has been active in Syria at least since spring 2018, and is presumably connected to the Russian Defense Ministry, reported the TV channel Dozhd, citing a source in military circles.

    The Patriot PMC was mentioned alongside the Wagner PMC in a request to the government signed by retired lieutenant-general Leonid Ivashov, Vladimir Petrov, head of the international public organization Honor and Homeland, and Yevgeny Shabayev, chairman of the …

  • Journalist: Two convoys of Russian infantry vehicles headed towards Ukraine

    On April 7, residents of the Russian settlement Petrovka in the Rostov region filmed a convoy of BMD infantry fighting vehicles that were moving toward the border with Ukraine, reports Voice of America journalist Fatima Tlisova on Twitter.

    Residents told the journalist that this is the second convoy of Russian BMDs that drove through their settlement. Each BMD can carry three crew members and five airborne troops. The distance from Petrovka to the border with Ukraine is more than 80 km. …

  • Russia sends military instructors to Central African Republic

    Artyom Kozhin, Deputy Head of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has stated that five military and 170 civilian instructors from Russia have been sent to the Central African Republic (CAR).

    "With the consent of the UN Security Council Committee created pursuant to UNSC Resolution 2127, an allocation of small arms and ammunition from the stocks of Russia’s Defense Ministry was made available to the Central African Army in late January - early …

  • Russian Ministry of Defense starts issuing Russian-made encrypted phones to senior officers

    The Defense Ministry of Russia started issuing specially-protected, Russian-made mobile phones to officers with top secret security clearance, reports Russian newspaper Izvestia, referring to representatives of the Ministry.

    The Atlas mobile phone, worth 115,000 rubles or $2,029 has access to encrypted lines, equipped with hardware that cryptographically protects voice information and that can urgently erase encryption keys. The phone can access normal GSM networks using sim-cards from Megafon, …

  • Russia publishes its military losses for the last 5 years

    The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has prepared statistics on deaths of military servicemen from 2012 - 2016 for those participating in the tender for servicemen insurance, Vedomosti writes.

    According to the data, in 2012, 630 Defense Ministry personnel died, in 2013 there were 596, 790 in 2014, 626 in 2015, and 393 in 2016. Overall, in five years, 3,035 servicemen died, the causes of death were not indicated in the documents.

    The publication notes that the Ministry of Defense …