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Section: War & conflict

    Ukraine reports battle with Russian militant forces near Kruta Balka in Donbas
    Dec29

    Ukraine reports battle with Russian militant forces near Kruta Balka in Donbas

    The press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation reported 50 ceasefire violations and a direct clash with militants in the past day. In Mariupol direction, the invaders shelled Maryinka and Vodiane from 120mm mortars. They also shelled Krasnohorivka, Talakivka and Shyrokine from 82mm mortars, and Talakivka, Pavlopil, Starohnativka, Shyrokine,...

    OSCE security monitors targeted by Russian hackers
    Dec29

    OSCE security monitors targeted by Russian hackers

    An international monitoring body has said its IT systems were hit by cyber attackers in a ”major security incident” that compromised its network, according to the BBC. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) refused to speculate on reports that Russian hackers were behind the attack, the BBC reported. It has observers in...

    Russia`s embassy in Damascus comes under shelling twice today
    Dec29

    Russia`s embassy in Damascus comes under shelling twice today

    The Russian embassy in Damascus has been shelled twice over the day, Russia`s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agency TASS. ”At 13:00 and 13:19 [Moscow time] on December 28, the Russian embassy in Syria was shelled by terrorists. One mine, which, fortunately, did not explode, fell in the courtyard of the compound of...

    Russian troops shell Ukraine positions in Donbas 44 times in past 24 hours, massing Grads near Svitlodarska Duha
    Dec28

    Russian troops shell Ukraine positions in Donbas 44 times in past 24 hours, massing Grads near Svitlodarska Duha

    Positions of the Ukrainian military in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in Donbas were fired on by pro-Russian militants 44 times over the past day. View map in full size It is noted that the occupying forces continue shelling the Ukrainian positions in all directions. In particular, in the Mariupol direction, the village of...

    Russia, Turkey, Iran eye dicing Syria into zones of influence
    Dec28

    Russia, Turkey, Iran eye dicing Syria into zones of influence

    Syria would be divided into informal zones of regional power influence and Bashar al-Assad would remain president for at least a few years under an outline deal between Russia, Turkey and Iran, sources say, according to Reuters. Such a deal, which would allow regional autonomy within a federal structure controlled by Assad`s Alawite sect, is in...

    Martial law in Donbas – cons and pros
    Dec28

    Martial law in Donbas – cons and pros

    Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) Vasyl Hrytsak states that Ukraine`s main challenge related to the war in Donbas is balance, 112 Ukraine TV Channel reports. ”On the one hand, we are seeing that there is an ongoing war in the east of Ukraine, that is de jure called ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation]. But it`s still war, because even now,...

    Russia took away from Donbas 40 bodies of its soldiers in ”humanitarian convoy”
    Dec28

    Russia took away from Donbas 40 bodies of its soldiers in ”humanitarian convoy”

    The Defence Intelligence of Ukraine reports that Russian military command secretly took away its killed in actions in the 59th so-called ”humanitarian convoys”. This is done to conceal presence of the Russian army in Donbas, according to Ukraine Today. Moreover, the intelligence reports that the tensions between Russia-backed separatist forces...

    Montenegro issues arrest warrant against Russians, Serbs involved in coup plot
    Dec28

    Montenegro issues arrest warrant against Russians, Serbs involved in coup plot

    Montenegro has issued an international arrest warrant for two Russians and three Serbs who were allegedly involved in a coup plot to overthrow the country`s pro-NATO government, according to RFE/RL. The state prosecutor`s office said on December 27 that the five are being sought for alleged ”terrorist” activities that included plans to kill the...

    Erdogan says U.S.-led coalition supports terrorists in Syria, Washington refutes accusations
    Dec28

    Erdogan says U.S.-led coalition supports terrorists in Syria, Washington refutes accusations

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he had evidence that the U.S.-led coalition gave support to terrorist groups in Syria, according to Reuters. ”They were accusing us of supporting Daesh,” he told a press conference in Ankara, Reuters reports. ”Now they give support to terrorist groups including Daesh [the Islamic State], YPG,...

    Minsk deal not to be implemented, Normandy format must be expanded – Foreign Minister of Poland
    Dec28

    Minsk deal not to be implemented, Normandy format must be expanded – Foreign Minister of Poland

    ”In our opinion, the Minsk agreements will not be implemented,” said Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski. According to the minister, in order to put an end to the conflict in Donbas, it is necessary to expand the Normandy format. He stressed that Poland, as a country bordering with the aggressor state, is insisting on expanding the group...

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