A Russian court in Tver sentenced mechanical engineer Andrei Bubeev to two years and three months in a penal colony for posting "extremist content" on his social media page, Radio Svoboda reported.
The content that was deemed to be extremist by the court was a post on Bubeev's VKontakte page which read "Crimea is Ukraine".
Bubeev was charged with public calls to commit extremism and activities aimed at violating the territorial integrity of Russia.
The human rights organization Memorial has …
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said that Russia would consider selling tanks, armored personnel carriers and combat aircraft to Iran.
“Bans against Iran for certain weapons such as tanks, armored personnel carriers and combat aircraft were removed and instead changed to five-year licensing regimes. This means that Iran can now consider buying these types of weapons. We will definitely consider their proposals if they contact us in this regard. I will however repeat that the S-300 …
Russian warplanes regularly violate Estonian airspace. This was reported by the Minister of Defense of Estonia, Hannes Hanso, during a visit to Paris on the 3rd of May. He added that this is “extremely reckless behavior” by Moscow.
“They are violating our airspace fairly regularly. They fly over the Baltic Sea with their transponders switched off,” Hanso reported.
He added that even though military radar can detect a plane which has its transponders turned off, civilian aircraft are unable to …
Nadiya Savchenko has refused to sign the documents for extradition to Ukraine. She explained her decision in a letter posted on her Facebook page.
“I am outraged! The officials brought me a set of documents to complete for my extradition to Ukraine. I laughed wildly after reading them. The first question asked what my purpose was for crossing the Russian border. Can you imagine such a question? I answered that I was kidnapped by the Russian secret service. They immediately changed my answer to …
More than a dozen US M1A2 Abram tanks have arrived in Georgia to participate in the Noble Partner 2016 military exercises, Radio Svoboda reported.
The exercises involving American, Georgian, and British soldiers will begin on May 11th.
The Abrams tanks and Bradley M2 infantry fighting vehicles arrived in Vaziani, a suburb of Tbilisi, on Thursday, at a former Russian army base.
"Exercise Noble Partner is a bilateral effort focused on enhancing U.S. and Georgian NATO Response Force …
The OSCE has once again stressed that the presence of heavy weapons during military parades in Donetsk and Luhansk on May 9th will be a violation of the Minsk Agreements, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
According to Alexander Hug, the Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, "historical heritage is important, but [the presence of] heavy weapons in the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk is a violation of Minsk and a threat to the people".
As previously reported, on April …
The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, signed the law adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine that placed an indefinite moratorium on the repayment of Eurobonds on the loan provided by Russia to Ukraine in December 2013.
The corresponding law amending Article 4 of the Law of Ukraine “On specific features of dealing with sovereign and local debt guaranteed by the state” was signed by the President on the 29th of April.
The law excluded a phrase "and will remain in force until the 1st of …
Reuters reported that Russia has amended the statement of the U.N. Security Council condemning the nuclear tests of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), effectively blocking the adoption of the document. Last week, Pyongyang tested two ballistic missiles, which prompted British Deputy U.N. Ambassador Peter Wilson to say “The Security Council should respond quickly. We don’t understand why Russia has blocked the statement but the other members of the Security Council must accept …
NATO's new Supreme Allied Commander, U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, plans to identify what weapons Ukraine needs to better protect itself.
Scaparrotti addressed the issue on Wednesday at a press conference at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium.
"I do believe that we should support the Ukrainians with what they need to successfully defend their territory and their sovereignty," Scaparrotti said.
"I'll take a look at that as the SACEUR [Supreme Allied …
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told journalists travelling with him to the U.S-European Command in Stuttgart on May 2nd that NATO is considering the possibility of establishing a rotational ground force in the Baltic States and Poland as a deterrent to Russian aggression.
According to Ashton Carter, there is a proposal to establish four rotational ground battalions consisting of 4,000 soldiers each.
These troops will be created in addition to the U.S. Armed Brigade comprised of 4,200 …