MOSCOW Behind the perimeter of a defence ministry base in southern Russia stand three barrack buildings where two witnesses say they have seen private fighters being billeted before they are dispatched to fight in Syria for President Bashar al-Assad.
MOSCOW, April 2 Russian poultry producer
Cherkizovo Group is in talks to buy major local rival
Prioskolie, two industry sources and an official in Belgorod,
one of the country's leading agricultural regions, told Reuters.
YELENOVSKOYE, Russia The last contact Grigoriy Gancherov and his wife had with their son, a Russian private military contractor fighting in Syria, was on Feb. 4 last year.
MOSCOW Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them.
MOSCOW/KERCH, Crimea President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday shrugged off a threat from U.S. President Donald Trump to cancel a meeting with him due to Moscow's seizure of three Ukrainian navy ships, and accused Ukraine's president of orchestrating the crisis. | Video
Moskau/Berlin Russlands Präsident Wladimir Putin hat der Ukraine eine gezielte Provokation im Schwarzen Meer vorgeworfen und die Ausrufung des Kriegsrechts in Teilen des Landes als übertriebene Reaktionen kritisiert.
MOSCOW/KERCH, Crimea Several senior European politicians on Tuesday raised the possibility of new sanctions against Russia to punish it for capturing three Ukrainian vessels at sea, an incident the West fears could ignite a wider conflict. | Video
Moskau/Kertsch Im Konflikt zwischen Russland und der Ukraine ist keine Entspannung in Sicht. Die Verhängung des Kriegsrechts in der Ukraine "könnte möglicherweise zu einer Eskalation der Spannungen in der Konfliktregion im Südosten (der Ukraine) führen", sagte Russlands Präsidialamtssprecher Dmitri Peskow am Dienstag vor Journalisten.
KIEV/MOSCOW Rebel-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine hold leadership elections on Sunday in the shadow of a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people and poisoned relations between Ukraine and Russia.
MOSCOW/KIEV The leader of Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine was killed in an explosion at a cafe on Friday, prompting Russia to accuse Ukraine of assassinating him while Kiev blamed separatist infighting. | Video