• First Russian-made high-power turbine fell apart during tests

    The Russian gas turbine created by the Rostec Corporation as part of import phase-out program fell apart during tests, Reuters reports.

    The prototype, a modernized version of 110М gas turbine unit fell apart during tests and cannot be restored, Reuters reports citing its sources. The tests were performed at the Saturn factory in Rybinsk which is a part of the Rostec state corporation. According to one of the sources, the tests were conducted in December. There were efforts to restore the …

  • Syrian Delegation arrives in annexed Crimea for Economic Forum

    A delegation from Syria led by Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mohammad Samer al-Khalil has arrived in the annexed Crimea to participate in the Yalta International Economic Forum. The delegation was met at the airport by the Kremlin-appointed head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov. The Crimea Inform News Agency reports that the delegation consists of seventy people.

    "Our priority task is the development of economic and trade relations to link Syria and Russia at the same level as the …

  • US State Department confirms death of Russian mercenaries in Syria

    Assistant US Secretary of State A. Wess Mitchell has said that Russian mercenaries are operating in Syria. Speaking on Wednesday at a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting on the topic of "US Policy in the Troubled Middle East," he stressed that Moscow “professes a wish to defeat ISIS but directs its bombs at fighters and even civilians who oppose the regime [of Bashar al-Assad].”

    He said that the Kremlin's actions could lead to further escalation of the conflict, threatening direct military …

  • Kremlin bans Russia's state-owned corporations Roskosmos and Rosatom from entering US market

    Without waiting for the results of the State Duma’s discussion of a package of counter-sanctions, the Russian government has banned the State Corporation for Space Activities, Roskosmos, and the state nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, from making contracts with companies from countries that uphold anti-Russian sanctions.

    The newspaper Kommersant reported with reference to a source in parliament and to the directors of the state corporations that the decision was intended as a response to …

  • Ukrainian Security Service publishes list of Wagner mercenaries transported to Syria by Russian Navy

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has released a list of mercenaries from the Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) who were transported to Syria by the Russian Navy, as announced in a statement by SBU head Vasyl Hrytsak, the department’s press service reports.

    “Despite the statements by the Russian Defense Ministry concerning the supposed ‘unsuitability’ of the Varyag cruiser for transporting personnel and equipment, the SBU is disclosing a list of Wagner PMC mercenaries who were secretly …