Monthly Archives: January 2020

Libyan government: Russian mercenaries withdrew from the front line in Libya

Most of the Russian mercenaries from the private military company Wagner left the front line in Libya after Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan called for a ceasefire in Libya, reports the news agency Anadolu, citing Nasser Ammar, a representative Libya’s Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, who is supported by the UN. According to him, the mercenaries, who allegedly fight on the side

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Iranian intelligence threatens relatives not to give bodies of plane crash victims, – media

Relatives of the victims are banned from talking with foreign Persian media Iranian intelligence agencies threaten relatives of deceased not to give them bodies of those killed in the crash of the Ukrainian plane in Tehran. This was reported by Iran International English on Twitter.   They made such threats in case families communicate with Persian foreign media.  “According to

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Russian Defense Ministry accuses US destroyer of ‘violating’ maritime navigation rules

The Russian Defense Ministry has denied information that the Russian Black Sea Fleet reconnaissance ship Ivan Khurs, which is based in annexed Sevastopol, came dangerously close to USS Farragut (DDG 99), reports Russian media, citing the Russian Defense Ministry. “The statement of representatives of the 5th Fleet of the U.S. Navy that the Russian Navy ship came “dangerously” close to

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UIA 737 wreckage images indicate high-energy punctures

Images showing the damaged forward fuselage and windshield of the crashed Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 have been released through Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s office. While the aircraft has been severely damaged by the ground impact, the images also show evidence of penetration damage – with puncture holes in the order of 10mm diameter – consistent with high-energy fragmentation from

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Olga Rudenko: Iran takes responsibility. Russia, it’s your turn

By Olga Rudenko When Iran on Jan. 11 finally admitted that its missile downed a Ukrainian passenger plane three days earlier, many in Ukraine must have had the same thought: Will Russia ever do the same? Iran did the right thing. It hardly deserves a round of applause for taking responsibility after overwhelming evidence made the denials unbelievable, but at the end of

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Special workgroup formed for plane victims’ consular affairs: Iranian FM spox

According to Mousavi, all the political and consular missions have been ordered to carefully deal with the requests of the families. REUTERS Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said a special working group has been established to deal with the consular affairs of those killed in a plane crash near Tehran on Wednesday. The spokesman expressed commiserations with the families

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U.S. to isolate Iran through diplomacy, sanctions until they ‘behave like a normal nation’ – media

Ortagus said that Iran is still the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. REUTERS The Trump administration is going to diplomatically and economically isolate the Iranian regime until they “behave like a normal nation,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Saturday. After previously denying responsibility for the tragedy, Iranian officials acknowledged that they had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian

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Russia to Iran: Don’t Admit Guilt—Blame the U.S. Instead

Russian experts and lawmakers are working themselves into a frenzy trying to shift blame from Iran, even lashing out at Kyiv over MH17. After initial denials of responsibility, having been confronted with mounting evidence, Iran finally acknowledged that it accidentally shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet earlier this week, killing all 176 people aboard. Following the admission, Iranian protesters have

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Iran Admitted to Shooting Down Ukraine Airliner. Why Has Russia Not Done the Same With MH17?

Iran’s abrupt U-turn over the downing of Ukrainian flight PS752 inevitably tempts us to draw parallels with the Kremlin’s handling of the MH17 shootdown. In an interview on Friday I said that I expected Iran to accept responsibility for the downing of Ukrainian flight PS752 within days, and to blame it on human error during wartime. To many, this prediction appeared

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