Contents tagged with Shoygu

  • ICC issues arrest warrants for high-ranking Russian generals accused of war crimes in Ukraine

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants for former Russian Defence Minister General Sergei Shoygu and Chief of the Russian General Staff General Valeriy Gerasimov, according to the press release of the court.

    The ICC states that Shoygu and Gerasimov are suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed between October 2022 and March 9, 2023. Specifically, the charges include:

    - Deliberate attacks on civilian objects in Ukraine, including the country’s …

  • FSB initiates major purge within Russian Defense Ministry: top brass under arrest amidst Ukraine conflict fallout

    Arrests of senior Russian generals are just beginning, all with the Kremlin's consent, reported Russian publication The Moscow Times, citing five anonymous sources.

    The journalists spoke with two government officials, two sources close to the Kremlin, and an informed source within the Ministry of Defense. All five agreed that the ongoing wave of arrests aims for the security agencies to pin the blame for failures in Ukraine on the military and gain control of defense expenditure.

    “There’s a …

  • Russian Defense Minister Shoygu criticizes military contractor for failing to increase artillery production

    Russia’s Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu has voiced dissatisfaction with the management of Uraltransmash, the Ural Transport Engineering Plant, over delays in meeting production schedules. During a visit to the company, responsible for producing self-propelled artillery, Shoygu emphasised the need to adhere to the planned timeline, which appears to be behind schedule.

    Delays have been observed in Russia’s production of artillery systems, which came to light during Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu' …

  • Russia to expand marine forces with creation of five new marine divisions and a brigade

    The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, announced on January 10 that Russia will form five marine divisions and one brigade. TASS news agency reported that the new units will be created in the "medium-term future".

    "To enhance the combat capabilities of the marines as an individual branch of the Navy, it is planned in the medium-term perspective to reorganize the existing five marine brigades on the fleets into marine divisions, and the marine regiment of the …

  • Russian Defense Minister visits North Korea

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu is on a three-day visit to North Korea, reports the Russian Defense Ministry.

    The official purpose for the trip is Shoygu's participation "in the celebrations dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Korean people in the Patriotic Liberation War of 1950-1953."

    "This visit will contribute to the strengthening of Russian-North Korean military ties and will be an important stage in the development of cooperation between the two countries," …

  • Commander of Russia’s 58th Army fired for speaking out about problems at the front

    Major General Ivan Popov said that he was removed from the post of commander of the Russian 58th Combined Arms Army, which is fighting in the south of Ukraine in the Zaporizhzhia region. The audio recording of Popov's appeal to his subordinates was published by the Russian State Duma MP, Andrei Gurulev, who was also a commander of the 58th Army in the past.

    In his message, Popov said that he was dismissed for because in his report to his commanders he "called a spade a spade", outlined …

  • Russian defense minister threatens to strike ‘decision making centers in Ukraine’ if Crimea is attacked

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu threatened to carry out strikes on "decision-making centers" in Ukraine, if the Ukrainian Armed Forces strike at the occupied Crimea, reported the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    "According to our information, the leadership of the armed forces of Ukraine plans to carry out strikes on the territory of the Russian Federation, including Crimea, using HIMARS and Storm Shadow missiles," Shoygu said during the meeting of Russian military …

  • Russia hands over to Belarus Iskander-M missiles capable of carrying nuclear payloads

    Russia handed over to the Belarusian military the Iskander-M missile systems, which can be equipped with both conventional and nuclear payloads, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu.

    "The Iskander-M operational-tactical missile system has been transferred to the Belarusian Armed Forces. It can use missiles in both conventional and nuclear versions. On April 3, at one of the Russian training grounds, Belarusian crews began training to operate it to protect the Union State. The Russian …

  • Prigozhin lashes out at Russian Defense Minister for not providing ammunition and weapons to Wagner PMC

    A conflict is actively developing in the Russian military-political elite. The founder of the private military company the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, complains about the shortage of weapons and ammunition, and personally blames the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu. The conflict between Wagner mercenaries and the Russian military leadership has been brewing for more than a month, but up until now Prigozhin preferred that subordinates publicly complain about the problems.

    "The sh**t …

  • Shoygu announces large-scale reform of Russian armed forces, wants to increase number of troops to 1.5 million

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu announced a large-scale reform of the Russian armed forces in order to fulfill the instruction of president Vladimir Putin to increase the number of troops from 1.15 million to 1.5 million people. "Ensuring the full military security of the state, protection of new subjects and critical facilities of the Russian Federation is possible only by strengthening the key structural components of the Armed Forces," Shoygu said at a meeting with his deputies, …