New volunteers for the Ukrainian interior ministry's "Azov" battalion take their oath of allegiance to their country during a ceremony in Kiev. Click to enlarge

Kiev used barrier squads to prevent troops from retreating – E. Ukraine militia

“Anti-retreat units from territorial defense battalions” are reportedly being deployed behind Ukrainian forward troops.

Military-clad English-speakers caught on camera in Mariupol shelling aftermath

Military-clad English-speakers caught on camera in Mariupol shelling aftermath

Fuelling speculation that foreign private military contractors may be serving alongside Ukrainian troops. Includes videos

Shelling kills at least 30 in Ukraine as pro-Russia rebels launch new offensive

Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday

US Army Europe to Start Training Ukrainian National Guard in Spring

Edging ever closer to Russia’s western border

Ukraine troops retreat after losing Donetsk airport to separatists

Pro-Russian separatists force Ukrainian army to abandon the ruined airport after days of bitter fighting

Iran, Russia Agree on Delivery of S300 Defense System

After years of delays following pressure from the West, Russia and Iran finally agree on delivery of the “game changer” weapons system

Trolling Russia

Trolling Russia

Israel Shamir on Charlie Hebdo and the current face-off between Russia and the West

Russia may send S-300 missile system to Iran – media

Although it’s possible that instead of the S-300 Iran may now take delivery of the even more advanced S-400 system

Ancient Slavic god Zimnik: a squat old man, long hair the color of snow, wears a white coat, always barefoot. Carries an iron staff, one swing with which instantly freezes everything solid. Can summon snowstorms, ice storms and blizzards. Goes around taking whatever he likes, especially children who misbehave. Click to enlarge

Peculiarities of Russian National Character

Interesting analysis of Russia’s national character in regard to its current face-off with the West

Drone footage shows devastation at Donetsk airport

Drone footage shows devastation at Donetsk airport

Drone footage confirms that Donetsk’s $400 million airport now lies in ruins after months of conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists

Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine

Just as winter starts to bite … Russia shuts off gas supplies through Ukraine To six European countries

Gorbachev Warns Tensions Over Ukraine Could Spiral Into Nuclear War

An ideal way to reduce the population. Which is, of course, exactly what the elite want

“Ukrainian leaders talk about sub humans and non humans living” in eastern Ukraine

Sergey Yurievich Glazyev is a Russian politician and economist. His assessment of the situation in Ukraine is a damming indictment of what modern western democracies have given rise to

Iran and US tentatively agree on formula to reduce nuclear programme

The latest proposal would have Iran ship enriched uraniaum to russia to reduce its weaposn making potential

Alexei-Navalny (left) and brother Oleg in court earlier this week. Click to enlarge

The Man Who Wants to Bring Putin Down

The Independent asks: Who is Michael Navalsky and why is the Kremlin so scared of him? We do some digging and unearth his hidden backers in the West

NDCC War room in central Moscow. Click to enlarge

Russia launches ‘wartime government’ HQ in major military upgrade

Russia has established a heavily fortified command and control centre in central Moscow, ready assume control of the country in the event of war

The Myth of the Russian Oligarchs

The Myth of the Russian Oligarchs

Why is it that the liberal American billionaires who support Obama are referred to as “investors” or “philantropists”; but Russian billionaires who support Putin are always “oligarchs”?

Sergei Glazyev. Yalta. Such candid speech. ( Eng Subs )

Sergei Glazyev raises some legitimate concerns over how history appears to be repeating itself (with English subtitles)

RS-24 launch. Click to enlarge

Russia Successfully Test Launches Upgraded Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Implicit in Friday’s successful test launch was a warning: Russia is still a formidable military power

Russia’s new military doctrine names NATO as key risk

Moscow’s previous military doctrine, signed by Putin in 2010, also identified NATO expansion as a top risk to Russia, but the stakes have risen sharply over the past year