Contents tagged with Russian Invasion
U.S. to put more pressure on ISIS in Syria.
According to U.S. military and administration officials, the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS has begun preparing to open a major front in northeastern Syria, aiming to put pressure on Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital.Two important steps were approved last week by President Obama to set the offensive in motion, officials said. Mr. Obama ordered the Pentagon, for the first time, to directly provide ammunition and perhaps some weapons to Syrian opposition forces on the ground.He also …
Turkey concerned over Russian strikes in Syria.
Turkish President Erdogan said that Russian air strikes against the anti-Assad forces in Syria are “unacceptable” and warned that these air strikes may alienate Moscow in the region.Erdoğan said he expressed his views on Russia's air strikes during his visit to Moscow at the end of September, as well as in a recent phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It saddens us that Moscow is taking such steps despite Turkey. We have a 911km border with Syria. Russia doesn’t have a border. In …
Normandy Quartet Leaders meet in Paris over Ukraine.
The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are meeting in Paris today to consolidate a fragile peace in Ukraine, as the conflict is overshadowed by President Vladimir Putin's dramatic intervention in Syria's war.
The summit’s main objective is to overcome existing obstacles to the Minsk ceasefire deal and to discuss additional measures to ensure adherence to it.Fighting has all but stopped in eastern Ukraine and with peace closer than ever leaders are seeking a lasting political …
Russian hackers target Clinton's emails.
Russian based hackers tried to infiltrate Hillary Clinton’s home email server.Five attempts have been made to break into her computer under disguise of emails purporting to be New York parking tickets.The malicious emails with fake New York police address included the instructions “to plead, print out the enclosed ticket” and an attached file named “Ticket-728-2011.zip”.As reported, these emails contained a zip file with software, directing an infected computer to transmit information to three …
Russian strikes in Syria: day 2.
For a second day in a row now Russia has been launching air strikes in Syria.Reportedly, the strikes targeted sites in the north-west held by the Army of Conquest rebel alliance, as well as areas in Homs and Hama provinces.Russia claims that with some 20 missions carried out on Wednesday it struck 12 Islamic State (IS) positions in 24 hours, destroying a command centre and two arms depots.Although the US fears it was the positions of the opponents of Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar al- …
$20 million military aid to Ukraine.
President Obama has authorized the U.S. State Department to provide up to $20 million to Ukraine to fund military training and other similar activities.This came one day after Ukraine announced that US instructors would start training the country’s special forces.
“The authority... to direct the drawdown of up to $20 million in defense articles and services of the Department of Defense and military education and training to provide assistance for the Government of Ukraine,” the Presidential …
Military deployment to Syria approved by Russian parliament.
The upper house of Russia's parliament has voted to allow the military to be deployed in Syria, making it the first formal move to legalize Russian air strikes on the militant Islamic State (IS) group.
According to US intelligence, within hours Russia appeared to have carried out its first attack.
Although as assured by a senior Kremlin official, no ground troops would be involved in Syria, only the air force.
Earlier this week President Vladimir Putin called for a broad anti-terror …
Russian rocket launchers spotted in Ukraine.
As reported by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), Russian TOS-1 thermobaric rocket launchers have been spotted in Ukraine.A multiple launch thermobaric rocket system (TOS-1 Buratino, 220mm) was spotted at Kruhlyk training area around 30 km south-west of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, controlled by pro-russian forces. TOS-1 is a Russian 220mm 30-barrel (original system, Ob.634 or TOS-1M) or 24-barrel (Ob.634B or TOS-1A) multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank …
Horlivka controlled by Russian citizens.
As reported by Informational Resistance Group, all municipal services of Horlivka are now controlled by Russian citizens.Horlivka is a city in the east of Ukraine held by the pro-russian forces. It's pre war population listed as 250,000. Horlivka's all major services such as mayor office, police department, school board, and others have been taken over by russians.The same is happening to its largest factories, coal mines and other enterprises which are managed now from Rostov, a russian city …
Pro-Russian militants order UN agencies to leave.
According to Stephen O'Brien, United Nations' Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, pro-russian militants ordered UN agencies to leave rebel-held parts of in the eastern Ukraine.
Stephen O'Brien said the agencies had been told to leave by Friday, and several international non-governmental organisations (NGO) by Saturday.
The Luhansk separatists had earlier banned 10 international humanitarian agencies citing "violations".
Last year parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions …