• Media: Syrian air defense repelled a missile attack on military facilities in Hama province

    On the night from Thursday to Friday, Syrian air defenses repelled a missile attack on military facilities in the city of Masyaf in the Hama province, reports SANA news agency citing its military source. According to SANA, the Syrian anti-aircraft operators managed to destry one of the missiles which was flying from the direction of neighboring Lebanon. Earlier, it was reported that loud explosions were heard in the city.

    On July 22, Al Ekhbariya TV channel also reported that the air defense …

  • Kyiv prepares transitional justice system for Donbas and Crimea

    A transitional justice system will be developed in order to restore peace and normal life in the occupied Donbas territory, eliminate the human rights violations against Ukraine’s citizens, bring to justice those who have committed crimes, and provide compensation for losses, said Ruslan Ryaboshapka, deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

    With the president’s permanent representative to Crimea Anton Korynevych and Crimean Prosecutor General Hyunduz Mamedov, Ryaboshapka has …

  • Kremlin: Israel and Saudi Arabia want to join ‘Russian NATO’

    The Russian Foreign Ministry says that Israel, Saudi Arabia, and several other countries would like to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SOC), which was founded by Russia and China, among others.

    “In our portfolio today we have applications from Israel, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and masses of other countries that want to join the SOC’s activity in one way or another, in one capacity or another,” said Russian special presidential representative Bakhtier Khakimov, as cited by …

  • Merkel: EU cooperation with Russia will be limited until it adheres to Minsk agreements

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the full cooperation of the European Union with Russia would not be possible until it implements the Minsk agreements, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "The Minsk agreements must be implemented... before that, the opportunities for cooperation will not be at the same level we would like them to be," said Merkel at a joint press conference with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda. According to the German Chancellor, the parties discussed this issue at the …

  • Ukraine prepares the basis of a new gas contract with Russia

    Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Olena Zerkal said that Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is developing an Energy Memorandum, which should become the basis for further action to sign a new contract for the transit of Russian gas, reports BBC.

    She said that the specialists of the Ministry have been working together with the representatives of the United States and Poland ahead the planned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to Warsaw in September 2019. According to …

  • Russia deploys squadron of reconnaissance drones in Crimea

    Russia has deployed a squadron of Forpost reconnaissance and targeting drones in the annexed Crimea, the Russian newspaper Izvestia reported.

    The drones have been stationed near Sevastopol and will fall under the 318th mixed aircraft regiment of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet as of this spring. The drones can carry out reconnaissance and provide targeting information for ship missile systems, Bastion coastal systems, and artillery. They have already been tested in drills at sea.

    The Forpost …

  • Aksyonov accuses the US of organizing water blockade of Crimea

    Sergey Aksyonov, head of the annexed Crimea, wrote on Facebook that the water blockade of the Crimean peninsula is part of the West’s anti-Russia strategy.

    “Ukraine’s policy is not determined in Kyiv, but in Washington and other western capitals. The water blockade of Crimea is part of the West’s anti-Russia strategy. That’s why, regardless of the reasons given by Ukrainian officials, the decision to end or to continue the blockade will be made far from the banks of the Dnieper,” he wrote. …

  • Ukraine hands over MH17 case to Netherlands

    Ukraine has completed the transfer of the criminal case against the persons suspected in the crash of MH17 flight to the Netherlands, reports Ukrainski Noviny news agency with reference to the Security Service of Ukraine. The materials of the case mention three citizens of Russia and one citizen of Ukraine, including former Defense Minister of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic Igor Girkin (Strelkov).

    Security Service of Ukraine refused to specify, whether the order for the arrest of …

  • Poland to hike tariff on Russian gas transit

    The Polish government plans to revise the conditions pertaining to the transit of Russian gas through the country after the current contract expires, Polish Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski told the press.

    According to the official, 29 billion cubic meters of Russian gas are pumped through Poland every year, but the tariffs are so low that the country only receives 21 million zloty (around $5.4 million) in revenue from it.

    “It’s just business. We will try …

  • Russia moves Tu-160 strategic bombers closer to US border

    Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers have completed a non-stop flight to the Anadyr airfield in the Russian Far East, the Russian Defense Ministry announced. The airfield is one of the closest to the US border, a mere 600 km from the closest point.

    The defense department said that the relocation was done as part of a planned tactical flight exercise led by Lieutenant General Sergey Kobylash, commander of the long-range aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces. The flight lasted more than eight …