Russian military created an 'information operations force'
The Russian armed forces have created an information operations force, which will be tasked in counter-propaganda, Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu said, speaking on Wednesday in the Russian State Duma, as reported by Interfax.
Russia to form four new divisions in 2017, including in the Kuril Islands
The Russian Ministry of Defence plans to complete the formation of four new divisions in 2017, and included in this will be the protection of the Kuril Islands. This was announced on February 22 in the State Duma on the television show “Parliamentary Hour” (Parlamentsky Chas) by Minister of Defence Sergey Shoygu, TASS reported.
Russia created nuclear missile defense shield
Russia has created a continuous radar field along the perimeter of the country to defend against nuclear attack, as stated by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, Interfax reports.
Trump's new security adviser disagrees with him on Russia
Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster is joining the White House with views on Russia, counterterrorism, strengthening the military and other major security issues that differ from those of Trump and his loyalists. This was reported by Reuters.
Nikki Haley: The US will not agree to closer relations with Russia at the expense of Ukraine
The present U.S. administration is still deliberating the possibility of strengthening cooperation with Russia, however it considers it unacceptable to do so at the expense of satisfying Russia’s geopolitical interests and aggression against other countries, especially Ukraine, as stated on Tuesday at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Conflicts in Europe by Nikki Haley, the U.S. permanent representative to the organization.
Russian diplomats have constructed psychological profile of Trump for Putin
Former diplomats and Kremlin employees have constructed a psychological profile of the U.S. President, Donald Trump, for the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, as stated by the former Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Andrei Fedorov, in an interview with NBC News. The document consists of seven pages and it is designed to help Vladimir Putin in preparations for his first meeting with Trump.
SIPRI: Weapon types Russia sends to Donbas
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) announced about the Russia’s weapon deliveries to the self-proclaimed “republics” of Donbas. This information was stated in the report about the International arms transfers in 2016, reports Republic
Poroshenko: Putin is creating an 'Aleppo' in the Donbas
In an interview with the newspaper Bild, President Petro Poroshenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of creating of a Ukrainian ‘Aleppo’ in the Donbas, where Poroshenko claims separatists are deliberately attacking civilians.
Kyiv considers recognition of LPR/DPR personal docs by Russia as Moscow's exit from Minsk process
Having issued the decree on recognition of passports and other documents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR/DPR), the Russian president has legally recognized the quasi-public groups and left the Minsk process, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said.
Prosecutor General’s Office does not believe Sadovnyk’s presence would expedite “Berkut” case
The Prosecutor General’s Office does not believe that the presence of Dmytro Savodnyk, former commander of "Berkut" special unit, would expedite the case on Maidan shooting. This opinion was expressed by prosecutor Alexei Donskoy on air of “112 Ukraine” TV channel.
Putin: Ukraine is preparing sabotage and terrorist attacks in Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Ukrainian authorities openly speak about the organization of sabotage, terrorism and subversive activities in Russia. The Head of the Russian Federation said this in a speech at the board of the FSB.
Dzhemilev said he talked with Putin before the annexation of the Crimea
People's Deputy and Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on the Affairs of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the eve of "referendum" and Putin was trying to persuade him to cooperate. He revealed this information in an interview with Apostrophe news portal.
Ukrainian detainees in Russia victims of human trafficking
The Internal Affairs Ministry of Ukraine has said Ukrainian citizens who were detained in Russia in the case on international drug syndicate are victims of human traffickers.
Escalation of situation in Ukraine's Avdiivka: Digest (January 29 - February 8)
Since February 2016, city of Avdiivka, 17km north of Donetsk, has been controlled by the Ukrainian side. As part of Donbas conflict, this industrial city has been subjected to constant shelling, which has recently intensified.
US representative to the OSCE: There is evidence that Russia prepared the Avdiivka offensive a week ahead of the attack
According to the reports of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission there is evidence that Russian forces were preparing a massive offensive the day before the situation escalated at Avdiivka. US representative to OSCE Kate Byrnes made a statement to this effect during the meeting of the Permanent Council in Vienna on the 9th of February.
Russian troops in Syria mistakenly attacked the Turkish military
Russian troops in Syria mistakenly carried out an air strike on the Turkish military. As a result, three Turkish soldiers were killed and 11 injured, according to the Turkish General Staff. The incident took place on Thursday, February 9, near the town of Al-Bab, where active hostilities are taking place. Both sides have started internal investigations in connection with the case.
Russian helicopters fly along occupied Crimea border
Ukrainian border guards recorder two flights of Russian Mil Mi-8 helicopters along the border with the occupied Crimea yesterday, on February 9. This was reported by the assistant head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Oleg Slobodyan on Facebook page of the organization. “During the day we recorded the flights of Russian Mil Mi-8 helicopters twice. They flew along the administrative border without crossing it,” he announced.
Russian Official Calls Romania 'A Clear Threat' And NATO Outpost
A Russian Foreign Ministry official says Moscow views Romania as a NATO outpost and a "clear threat" because it hosts part of a U.S. missile shield in Europe.
Poland to send a note to Russia requesting explanation for its refusal to provide debris of Tu-154
The Polish Foreign Ministry asked the Russian Federation which investigative actions over the past year have led to Russia’s refusal to return the debris of flight Tu-154 that crashed in 2010 near Smolensk, as was stated by Polish Foreign Minister, Witold Waszczykowski, on the air of the radio RMF FM, according to the statement by the Polish Foreign Ministry.
Givi's killed: His life and possible motives of his murder
Mikhail Tolstykh was born on July 19, 1980 in Ilovaysk, Donetsk region. 36-year-old terrorist, a.k.a. Givi served in the Ukrainian army in 1998. Two years later he graduated from the army as a sergeant. His military specialty was a tank commander. Givi has worked as an industrial climber, the driver of a diesel truck on the rope factory, a security guard in a supermarket, valet parking.
Militants fire at Ukrainian electricians repairing power lined in Avdiyivka
Militants fired at Ukrainian electricians who were working to restore the power lines for Avdiyivka (Donetsk region), Ukrainian president's press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko said referring to the information of Deputy Prime Minister Hennadiy Zubko.
Strelkov: The Kremlin found a way to conceal military losses in Syria
The former Minister of Defense of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Igor Strelkov (aka Igor Girkin), while commenting on a post by a LiveJournal blogger in which the blogger expressed surprise of non-existent losses of Russian military in Syria, pointed out the usage of mobile cremation chambers by the Russian military.
Putin, Merkel discuss situation in Donbas by phone
Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel, the Kremlin website reports.
Recent clashes in Ukrainian Avdiivka will check Trump’s ability to manage negotiations with the Kremlin
More than 10 civilians have been killed and dozens more wounded in some of the heaviest outburst of violence in Donbas in months that may provoke an early test of President Trump’s ability to manage negotiations with the Kremlin over the thorny conflict, Unian reported, according to The Washington Post.
Trump’s team considers lifting Russian sanctions to defeat Islamic terrorism
The first conversation between the US and Russian presidents after the inauguration of Donald Trump is scheduled for this weekend.
'We are not going to be a playcard and don't believe in gentleman's agreements': Ukraine insists on participation in US-Russia negotiations on Donbas conflict
Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena Zerkal stressed that the country wants to be an actor, not a card being played
Poroshenko explained who intends to split EU and why
In the interview to Finnish media “Helsingin Sanomat” and “Iltalehti”, Petro Poroshenko noted that the EU countries had benefits from the EU membership and only Russia wanted to split the EU.
Nuclear weapons ­in return for lifting US sanctions: Trump`s proposal on trade-off
US President-elect plans to start off from trusting Putin and Merkel
'Things that may be first to explode': Joe Biden shares his experience with Pence regarding Ukraine
Acting Vice-President praised his successor in office.
CIA chief Mike Pompeo concluded Russia has occupied Ukraine
Rep. Mike Pompeo, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the CIA, acknowledged before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday that Russia has invaded Ukraine, listing Vladimir Putin's state as one of the leading threats to the United States, according to USA Today, reported Unian.