Contents tagged with crimea

  • Turchynov: 'heroes' claiming that Russian annexation of Crimea could have been prevented are lying

    Some recent claims asserting that the Russian annexation of the Crimea in 2014 could have been prevented are not true, according to statements made by the chairperson of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Oleksandr Turchynov, in his witness statements before the court where he was testifying in a high treason case against the former President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.

    “Former Chief of General Staff, Volodymyr Zamana, misled the court when he stated that in February 2014 he …

  • Russia conducts exercises with Bastion and Bal coastal missiles systems in annexed Crimea

    On February 15th, Bastion and Bal missile combat crews of the Russian Black Sea Fleet held exercises on destroying sea targets in the annexed Crimea, as reported by the press service of the Russian military department.

    "At the Crimean test sites, the personnel of the Bastion and Bal anti-ship coastal missile systems are conducting planned exercises to develop practical skills in carrying out missile strikes," the press service of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia said.

    It was specified that the …

  • Russia will stop production at the main gas field in Crimea because of the legal case brought by Ukraine

    Russia intends to stop production until July 18, 2018 at the largest gas field in the Crimean shelf zone, Odessa, as reported by RBC news agency citing federal authorities of the Russian Federation.

    According to the publication, the suspension of the production is due to the international maritime law dispute that Ukraine initiated against Russia in 2016. The publication’s source said that the conservation of wells is a tactical move and a formal way to remove Kyiv’s claim.

    At the same time, …

  • Russian aircraft practice launching cruise missiles at Ukraine

    While Ukrainian aircraft were carrying out drills, Russian planes took off, approached Ukraine’s border as closely as possible, and practiced launching cruise missiles, reported the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    “A group of strategic Tu-95 missile-carrying bombers, accompanied by a pair of Russian Su-30 fighters, flew into the airspace of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and practiced the imaginary launch of cruise missiles towards mainland Ukraine,” the command’s Facebook post reads. …

  • Turchynov: the threat of Russia’s offensive from the Crimea still exists

    The threat of Russia’s offensive from the annexed Crimea remains even today, as stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, Hromadske reports."They have concentrated a strong military force in the occupied territory of the Crimea, and it is not only for defense," he said.

    According to Turchynov, new offensive means, strategic aviation, and missile systems which can carry and use nuclear weapons, are deployed in the Crimea.

    "It …

  • Ukrainian deputy proposes a military option for the return of Crimea and Donbas

    In an interview with 112 Ukraine TV, the deputy of the Ukrainian Rada from the "People's Front" faction, Yuriy Bereza said that the return of the Crimea and the Donbas to Ukraine can only happen by force.  

    The deputy noted that thanks to the Minsk agreements, Ukraine has put its military in order and reorganized the armed forces. "Only the Ukrainian army, Ukrainian soldiers will enable us to regain sovereignty in the Donbas and Crimea. There will not be any other options," Bereza said. The …

  • Large European delegation to arrive in the Crimea in April

    A large delegation of European politicians, notably from Germany and Austria, will arrive in April in annexed Crimea. Andrei Nazarov, the head of the fund board YIEF said that they would participate in the Yalta International Economic Forum or YIEF.

    He added, "The largest delegation from Germany and Austria is planning to visit the upcoming YIEF. More than 50 politicians, businessmen, public figures and experts will take part in business and cultural events of the forum."

    According to Nazarov, …

  • Russian University in Crimea plans to train students in firearms and Special Services work

    The Saratov Institute of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (PRUE) is pushing for graduates of Sevastopol schools to attend the university in order to learn firearms training and other Special Services skills.

    As a Krym.Realii reports, the graduates were given a presentation on the "Captains of Russia" program, whose aim is to prepare students for study in the business college.

    At the same time, military instructors-teachers told the students that they would teach the future …

  • Russian FSB detains Ukrainian citizen in Crimea on suspicion of working for Ukrainian Secret Service

    Ukrainian citizen Konstantin Davydenko, who has been detained in Simferopol, confessed that he was assigned by the Security Service of Ukraine to go to the Crimea to collect information, reported TASS, citing a video recording by the FSB. The suspect’s testimony was recorded on video, the report said.

    On the video, Davydenko said that he arrived in the Crimea “following instructions of the Ukrainian Secret Service” and that he had to give information to someone named Vitaly.

    The detained man …

  • US strategic drone conducts reconnaissance flight over Donbas and Crimea

    As Interfax reported, a RQ-4 Global Hawk strategic drone from the US Air Force conducted a reconnaissance flight along the line of demarcation in the Donbas and also off the coast of the Crimea and the Krasnodar region of Russia on Sunday, February 11th.

    The drone was flying for more than 4 hours in the Ukrainian airspace along the line of demarcation in the Donbas. Afterwards the drone headed for the Black Sea and made more than four passes starting from the westernmost point of the Crimea …