Caucasus-2020: Preparation for a new aggression?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a snap “combat readiness check” involving 150,000 personnel and hundreds of aircraft and naval vessels to ensure security in Russia’s southwest, where he sees a “serious threat” from terrorism. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on July 17 that the “check” had already begun and will test the readiness […]

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Russian Wagner Group complicating Libyan ceasefire efforts

The United States military command in Africa has accused the Kremlin-connected military contractor Wagner Group of violating a United Nations arms embargo and endangering the lives of innocent Libyans by laying land mines and improvised explosive devices in and around Tripoli. U.S. Africa Command said in a statement on July 15 that it had “verified […]

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EU urges Russia to claim responsibility for killing soldiers in Donbas

The European Union has called the escalation of violence in Donbas a breach of Minsk agreements, Normandy Summit commitments and international humanitarian law. “The escalation of violence in Donbas, incl. the killing of a Ukrainian medical officer, is a breach of Minsk agreements, Normandy Summit commitments and international humanitarian law. Imperative that all parties respect […]

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Kremlin always denies its guilt

In Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, lying — willfully, methodically, shamelessly — is the default response to any accusations of wrongdoing. Russia did not meddle in American elections. Accusations of systematic Olympic doping are malicious foreign inventions. The Novichok nerve agent killers in Salisbury, were there only to admire the cathedral’s spire. Russia has nothing to do […]

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UN: Russian FSB tortures detainees in occupied Crimea

Employees of the Federal Security Service of the Russia and other law enforcement authorities in Crimea use torture; in particular beatings, electric shocks and suffocation, to force victims to incriminate themselves, cooperate with law enforcement or testify against others. This was said in a recently published report by the UN Secretary-General on human rights violations […]

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Germany proposes first-ever use of EU cyber sanctions over Russia hacking

The German government has officially proposed that the European Union impose sanctions on Russian individuals responsible for a large-scale hacking of the Bundestag. It was the largest cyber hacking ever carried out against the Bundestag. In May, Germany’s attorney general issued an arrest warrant against Russian citizen Dmitry Badin, who is “strongly suspected of being […]

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Two Crimean Tatars detained during July 7 searches to remand in custody until Sept 9

On July 9, the so-called “Kyiv District Court” in the city of Simferopol in Russian-occupied Crimea has ruled that two Crimean Tatars, namely Alim Sufyanov and Seyran Khayretdinov, who were detained during the July 7 searches, will remand in custody until September 9. The hearings were held behind closed doors. However, over 100 people rallied […]

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Ukraine at OSCE again urges Russia to implement Budapest Memorandum

Ukraine urges Russia to restore full compliance with its obligations under the Budapest Memorandum by ending its aggression and de-occupying Ukraine’s sovereign territories. “We urge the Russian side to restore its full compliance with the Budapest Memorandum by ending its aggression and de-occupying Ukraine’s sovereign territories, as well as compensating for the damage caused to […]

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EU calls on Russia to end pressure on Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea

The European Union has condemned systemic human rights abuses in the occupied Crimea and called on Russia to end the pressure on the Crimean Tatar community. “On 7 July 2020, seven individuals, mostly Crimean Tatars, were arrested in the Crimean peninsula for their alleged political affiliation. The European Union considers their detention to be politically […]

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