MOSCOW (Reuters) – More than 45,000 Russian troops as well as war planes and submarines started military exercises across much of the country on Monday in one of the Kremlin’s biggest shows of force since its ties with the West plunged to Cold War-lows.
President Vladimir Putin called the Navy’s Northern Fleet to full combat readiness in exercises in Russia’s Arctic North apparently aimed at dwarfing military drills in neighboring Norway, a NATO member.
KIEV, March 4 (Reuters) – A month ago, Natalia Sorokun, 40,
went to a downtown Kiev branch of Delta Bank to ask if the bank
was solid enough to continue keeping her safe deposit box of
Now, a day after Ukraine’s central bank declared Ukraine’s
fourth largest bank insolvent, Sorokun and other Delta Bank
customers could only knock on the bank’s locked door in hope of
finding out what happened to their savings.
KIEV, March 3 (Reuters) – Three Ukrainian servicemen were
killed and nine wounded as pro-Russian rebels shelled government
positions despite a ceasefire deal, the military said on
Tuesday, announcing Kiev’s highest casualty toll in several
The losses underscore the fragility of a two-week-old
ceasefire agreement which Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
has called the last chance for peace between Kiev and the
separatists he says are being armed by Russia.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – It was near closing time on Friday at the upscale Bosco restaurant that looks out onto the illuminated red-brick walls of Moscow’s Kremlin. Boris Nemtsov and his young, dark-haired girlfriend were finishing dinner.
A political reformer who had fallen foul of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Nemtsov had been preoccupied for weeks with details of an opposition march planned for Sunday.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – It was not an unusual evening for war blogger Eliot Higgins.
As he was rocking his infant son to sleep in his bedroom in the English city of Leicester, Higgins, who has written in-depth reports on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, was engaging in an online war of words with a pro-Kremlin blogger over Twitter.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court on Tuesday ended house arrest terms for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and upheld a suspended three-and-a-half-year prison term for the protest leader in a theft case he says is politically motivated.
Navalny and his brother Oleg were convicted last December of stealing nearly 30 million roubles – nearly $500,000 at the current exchange rate – from two firms, including an affiliate of the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher.
MOSCOW, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The chief of Russia’s armed
forces said on Friday a strong nuclear arsenal will ensure
military superiority over the West as Russia seeks to fulfil a
multi-billion dollar plan to modernise its forces by 2020.
Russia, facing a likely recession this year after U.S. and
European sanctions over Ukraine and a fall in oil prices, must
deal with new forms of Western aggression, including economic
confrontation, said armed forces chief Gen. Valery Gerasimov.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Director Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose bleak depiction of his homeland in the Oscar-nominated film Leviathan divided Russia, said on Wednesday the polarization proved his movie had “touched something very important”.
The Golden Globe-winning film exposes some of the country’s modern taboos, portraying the doomed struggle of a man in Russia’s far North against a greedy and corrupt local mayor while casting the Russian Orthodox Church in a dubious light.
MOSCOW, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday military
action by the Ukrainian government would prompt an “inevitable
further escalation of the conflict” with pro-Russian separatists
in eastern Ukraine and undermine any peacemaking.
Russia has stepped up criticism of Kiev since violence has
intensified in the conflict, where a ceasefire collapsed after
rebels drove Ukrainian government forces out of Donetsk airport.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ratings agency S&P cut Russia’s sovereign credit rating to below investment grade, or “junk” status, on Monday for the first time in a decade.
The rouble fell after the news to 67.98 against the dollar, more than 5 percent lower than the previous close on the Moscow Exchange.