Contents tagged with Libya

  • Russian mercenaries spotted in Libyan war zone

    Russian mercenaries are taking part in the war in Libya. Since the overthrow of the country's leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the country has been in civil war. Libya’s capital Tripoli, controlled by the internationally recognized Government of National Accord, was besieged by the Libyan National Army headed by General Khalifa Haftar. Russian mercenaries are taking part in the conflict on Khalifa Haftar’s side, reports Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT).

    CIT investigators were able to examine …

  • Ukrainian plane destroyed by drones in Libya

    An Il-76TD aircraft belonging to the Ukrainian company SkyAviaTrans was destroyed by drones while parked at the Misrata Airport in Libya, reports, citing the company’s director Elena Malakhova.

    The plane had flown from Ankara to Misrata with humanitarian cargo as part of a cooperation with the International Red Cross organization. Malakhova notes that the company has documents to prove this.

    At roughly 3:17 AM (Kyiv time), immediately after arriving in Misrata, while the aircraft’s …

  • Libyan government destroys two Ukrainian cargo planes, pilot killed

    One or two Ukrainian Il-76 military transport aircraft have been destroyed in Libya by Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, Al Jazeera reports.

    Government aircraft attacked the Al-Jufra Airbase belonging to Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army.

    According to the GNA, a munitions depot and multiple aircraft belonging to Alfa Air were destroyed in the missile attack. Other sources report that the aircraft in question was an An-124 belonging to Libyan Arab Air Cargo or the Kyiv-based air …

  • Russian Defense Minister explains need for reinforcement of Tajikistan military base

    The need to reinforce the Russian base in Tajikistan is due to its proximity to the Afghanistan border and the terrorist threat originating there, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu told an RBC correspondent.

    “On the Afghanistan border, from the side of the border where terrorists migrate from various regions of the world, in this case primarily from Syria. And in since the operation there has virtually finished, they [the terrorists] are moving to two places: Libya and Afghanistan. And of …

  • The US accuses Russia of conspiring with Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar

    Russia secretly supported Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in order to get a foothold in the region that is strategically important to Moscow, stated the Commander of United States Africa Command, Thomas Waldhauser, Interfax reports.

    According to Waldhauser, Russians publicly supported the UN peace initiatives while at the same time secretly provided assistance to the Libyan National Army supplying them with resources and personnel.

    “The success of Haftar will allow Russia to gain a …

  • Kremlin: Russia is ready to prevent color revolution

    The Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, the first Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation and Army General, Valery Gerasimov, announced at a conference on the development of the military strategy that the Pentagon has begun to develop a new warfare strategy called the Trojan Horse. According to Gerasimov, the essence of this strategy lies in the active use of the "fifth column" protest potential in order to destabilize the situation in the enemy state while …

  • Gaddafi's son sends letter to Putin about the next Presidential Elections in Libya

    Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi wrote a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Russian media.

    Russian news outlets report that the question whether Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is going to run for the president still remains open.  According to RIA-Novosti, in his letter, Gaddafi’s son wrote about a road map for resolving the Libyan crisis.

    “We did not discuss the issues of running for President as it is too early to talk about it,” said …

  • Russia decides to restore Libya

    Russia is prepared take part in the work to restore Libya’s economy and social sphere, said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as cited by the Russian news agency TASS.

    “Restoring the economy, restoring the social sphere, prospective projects, which could be and need to be restored – this is also key for resuming normal life in Libya,” Medvedev said at a conference on Libya held in Italy.

    “We are also willing to be involved in this,” he stated.

    Medvedev noted that Russia is willing to …

  • Putin’s friend Prigozhin took part in negotiations with Libyan marshal Khalifa Haftar in Moscow

    Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman with ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin, was captured on video among the members of  the delegation headed by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu during negotiations with the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar. The video recording was published by the Libyan Defense Ministry on its Youtube channel.

    Prigozhin is the co-owner of the Concord group of companies and he has been repeatedly associated with the Wagner private …

  • Putin prepares for military campaign in Libya

    Inspired by the military campaign in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to assist another ally, this time in Libya.

    Russia has already begun to deploy special forces and GRU troops with orders to train personnel for Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, a Libyan military leader who opposes the government supported by the UN, US and EU.

    Under the guise of the Wagner Private Military Company, Russia has established military bases in Tobruk and Benghazi on Libya’s north-east coast, and …