• NATO Military Committee holds a historic first meeting in Lviv

    The visiting session of the NATO Military Committee at the level of military representatives was held in the Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi National Ground Forces Academy in Lviv.

    Head of the Regional State Administration Oleg Synyutka wrote on Facebook: "For the first time in the history of Ukraine, the visiting session of the NATO Military Committee was held in the Lviv region."

    According to the press service of the Lviv Regional State Administration, the head of the NATO Military Committee, …

  • 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 …

  • Russian officer comes under fire in Syrian Douma

    A Russian officer was wounded while accompanying a group of UN security officers into the Syrian city of Douma, Kommersant reported, citing sources in Damascus. The work of the OPCW inspectors to investigate the chemical attack has once again been delayed.

    The article notes that Russia’s Defense Ministry has been unable to acquire a prompt comment.

    On April 18, Reuters reported that UN security staff had come under fire in Douma.

    On April 16, the US accused Russia of not giving international …