• Estonia to conduct largest arms purchase in its history

    Estonia is preparing to carry out the largest purchase of military equipment in its history. According to Delfi, Estonia intends to purchase Patria 6x6 armored personnel carriers.

    According to the Estonian Center for Defense Investment, more than 100 new vehicles will be purchased in the next 10 years, and perhaps more than 300 in two decades.

    Over the past 15 years, 100 Patria Pasi XA-180 and the XA-188 armored personnel have been in use with the Estonian Army. They will reach the end-of- …

  • Germany sends 600 tons of nuclear waste to Russia

    A train with so-called “uranium tailings”, byproducts of the enrichment process used to make fuel for nuclear power plants, was sent to Russia from a uranium enrichment plant in the German city of Gronau, reports MBH Media news outlet. The 12-car train will deliver about 600 tons of nuclear waste from Germany to the port of Amsterdam, after which the cargo will be shipped to St. Petersburg.

    According to Russian organization Ecodefense, the cargo will be further transported by train to the city …

  • NATO to increase its presence in the Black Sea

    NATO member forces will increase air patrols and the presence of naval ships in the Black Sea, said the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, as quoted by Interfax Ukraine.

    According to Kyiv, the relevant agreement was reached during the meeting of Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels.

    Taran also called on NATO member states to join the national strategic exercises planned in the fall in southern Ukraine.

    Stoltenberg and Taran …

  • Russia explains mass destruction of Pantsir air defense systems by Turkish drones in Syria and Libya

    The mass destruction of the Russian-made Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and artillery systems in Syria and Libya can be explained by the existence of a so-called "dead crater" or "dead zone", writes the newspaper of the Russian Defense Minister Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star).

    The newspaper states, referring to the official tactical and technical characteristics of the air defense system, that Pantsir has limitations with regards to its ability to detect targets "at low, medium and high altitudes, …

  • Kremlin: hopes for a settlement on Donbas conflict are rapidly dissipating

    The parties to the conflict in the Donbass are not able to start a constructive open dialogue on the settlement of the situation., said Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, in an interview with TASS news agency.

    According to him, even before mid-March, Russia had "cautious hopes for a constructive open dialogue on all existing issues." "But in recent months, those hopes have been rapidly dissipating," he said.

    On May 13, Kozak urgently arrived in Berlin to …