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first russian general severely injured in syria conflict

Russian Major General Pyotr Milyukhin has been named as the country's highest-ranking victim of the Syrian conflict after being severely injured near Palmyra.Milyukhin is believed to have lost both legs and an eye at the end of February, when the vehicle he was traveling in hit a mine.Milyukhin, who heads combat training for Russia's Western Military District, is the first general to be injured during the Syrian conflict.He is currently being cared for in Moscow's Burdenko military hospital, the Kommersant newspaper reported Monday.The Syrian city of Palmyra was first captured by the Islamic State in May 2015. Syrian government forces, aided by Russian air support, captured the city in March 2016, but lost it again on December 11. Syrian-Russian forces then retook the city on March 2 with

syria: russian airstrike hits u.s.-backed forces

In this Feb. 8, 2017 file photo, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend during a tour north of Baghdad, Iraq.  Ali Abdul Hassan—AP(WASHINGTON) — A Russian airstrike in northern Syria hit U.S.-backed Syrian Arab forces who are part of the fight against the Islamic State group, a senior U.S. general said Wednesday.Russia denied responsibility, saying in a written statement that it had adhered to U.S. guidance on avoiding friendly forces in that area.Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, said an unspecified number of American military advisers were a few miles away from the bombed site, out of immediate danger but close enough to see their Syrian partners get hit. He declined to say how many of the U.S.-backed Syrian fighters were killed or

libya: russia’s new frontline

A Libyan waves the national flag during commemorations to mark the anniversary of the revolution that ousted Moammar Gadhafi in Benghazi, Libya.


Mohammad Hannon / APHours after Libya’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Abdel Baset al-Badri, wrapped up meetings with Russian government officials in Moscow on March 12, news broke that Russian special forces had been deployed to Egypt to prop up Kremlin-back strongman Khalifa Haftar. Badri has been known as a proxy for Haftar abroad.Russian politicians scrambled to dismiss the allegations. Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, said “This is fake news, no attention should even be paid to it.”“There are no Russian troops in Sidi-Barrani [in Egypt] at all,” Defense Ministry sp

libya: russia’s new frontline

A Libyan waves the national flag during commemorations to mark the anniversary of the revolution that ousted Moammar Gadhafi in Benghazi, Libya.


Mohammad Hannon / APHours after Libya’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Abdel Baset al-Badri, wrapped up meetings with Russian government officials in Moscow on March 12, news broke that Russian special forces had been deployed to Egypt to prop up Kremlin-back strongman Khalifa Haftar. Badri has been known as a proxy for Haftar abroad.Russian politicians scrambled to dismiss the allegations. Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, said “This is fake news, no attention should even be paid to it.”“There are no Russian troops in Sidi-Barrani [in Egypt] at all,” Defense Ministry sp

presstv-russia strikes deal to train syrian kurds

Russia has signed an agreement with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to set up a military base in northwestern Syria and train the forces in the war-ravaged country.“An agreement was signed between our units and Russian forces operating in Syria that will train us in modern military tactics," YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said on Monday.“This is the first agreement of its kind, although we have had previous cooperation [with the Russians] in Aleppo city," he added.He said the agreement was part "of the framework of the fight against terrorism," adding that it was signed on Sunday and came into effect on Monday. Xelil noted that Russian troops were already present at the training camp in the Afrin region, one of the three "autonomous" cantons which is under the control of the Kurdish

4,000 russians now fighting in syrian insurgency, says putin

Thousands of Russians are still fighting for militant forces in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Thursday.Speaking to a gathering of naval officers returning from the region, Putin said military intelligence believes as many as 4,000 Russians remain in Syria. A further 5,000 fighters from former Soviet states are also believed to be fighting.  The Russian president gave no sign as to how exactly the figures break down. There are at least nine significant groups still fighting in the conflict, which is now entering its sixth year.  Russia has been involved in a military campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad since September 2015. Russian organization and firepower have been behind increasingly confident operations to retake ground lost to opposition forces.

deployment of special forces to egypt 'fake news,' says russian senator

Russia’s Ministry of Defense has denied allegations that Russian special forces have deployed to Egypt in a bid assert the Kremlin's growing influence over neighboring Libya.Reports that troops had been sent to an airbase in Sidi Barrani in Eygpt, approximately 95 kilometers from the Libyan border, were quickly dismissed by Russian politicians and Defense Ministry representatives.“There are no Russian troops in Sidi-Barrani [in Egypt] at all,” Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said Tuesday. “This is not the first year that such bogus stories from anonymous sources have entertained the public.”Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, also denied the reports, dismissing the allegations as "fake news."“Russia hasn'

putin meets france's le pen in moscow

Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is in Russia and has called for closer ties between the two countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin met Marine Le Pen during a visit to Moscow on Friday by the French far-right presidential candidate, Russian state television showed. "We by no means want to influence the current events but we reserve the right to communicate with all representatives of all political forces of the country, as do our partners in Europe and the United States for example," Interfax news agency quoted Putin as telling Le Pen. "I know that you represent quite a fast-developing spectrum of European political forces."Putin's meeting with Le Pen was not announced this week when the Russian parliament confirmed that the National Front leader would be visiting Moscow on Friday

putin meets france's le pen in moscow

Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is in Russia and has called for closer ties between the two countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin met Marine Le Pen during a visit to Moscow on Friday by the French far-right presidential candidate, Russian state television showed. "We by no means want to influence the current events but we reserve the right to communicate with all representatives of all political forces of the country, as do our partners in Europe and the United States for example," Interfax news agency quoted Putin as telling Le Pen. "I know that you represent quite a fast-developing spectrum of European political forces."Putin's meeting with Le Pen was not announced this week when the Russian parliament confirmed that the National Front leader would be visiting Moscow on Friday

putin meets france's le pen in moscow

Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is in Russia and has called for closer ties between the two countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin met Marine Le Pen during a visit to Moscow on Friday by the French far-right presidential candidate, Russian state television showed. "We by no means want to influence the current events but we reserve the right to communicate with all representatives of all political forces of the country, as do our partners in Europe and the United States for example," Interfax news agency quoted Putin as telling Le Pen. "I know that you represent quite a fast-developing spectrum of European political forces."Putin's meeting with Le Pen was not announced this week when the Russian parliament confirmed that the National Front leader would be visiting Moscow on Friday

putin meets france's le pen in moscow

Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is in Russia and has called for closer ties between the two countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin met Marine Le Pen during a visit to Moscow on Friday by the French far-right presidential candidate, Russian state television showed. "We by no means want to influence the current events but we reserve the right to communicate with all representatives of all political forces of the country, as do our partners in Europe and the United States for example," Interfax news agency quoted Putin as telling Le Pen. "I know that you represent quite a fast-developing spectrum of European political forces."Putin's meeting with Le Pen was not announced this week when the Russian parliament confirmed that the National Front leader would be visiting Moscow on Friday

presstv-russian soldier killed in syria

Russia says one of its servicemen has been killed in an attack by Takfiri Daesh terrorists in central Syria.The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday that Private Artyom Gorbunov had been killed near the ancient city of Palmyra, situated 215 kilometers northeast of the Syrian capital, Damascus, on March 2.The statement said that the 24-year-old soldier “was guarding a group of Russian military advisers in the Syrian Arab Republic” at the time.Gorbunov was later granted a posthumous state decoration. His death brought the total number of Russian casualties in Syria so far to 28.Russia has been offering military help to the Syrian government since September 2015. The Russian military assistance, in the form of an aerial campaign and advisory support, came on a request from t

presstv-us blames ukraine mission attack on russia

The United States government has condemned an attack on special monitoring missions in eastern Ukraine, calling on Russia to “immediately” observe ceasefire in the restive region.“We condemn Friday's targeting of OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) special monitoring mission (SMM) monitors and the seizure of a SMM unmanned aerial vehicle by combined-Russian separatist forces,” the US State Department said in a statement on Sunday."It is imperative that these forces halt their attacks on civilian infrastructure, including the Donetsk water filtration station. We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the cease-fire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the statement added.According to

presstv-russia rejects troop deployment to libya border

Russia has categorically dismissed Western media reports claiming it deployed special forces to an Egyptian town near conflict-ridden Libya.“There are no Russian special forces in Sidi Barrani. Certain Western media have been stirring the public with such mud-slinging from anonymous sources for years,” Major Genrral Igor Konashenkov, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, said Tuesday.The remarks came a day after Reuters quoted unnamed US and Egyptian military and diplomatic sources as saying that Russia had deployed a 22-member unit of special forces and several drones to an Egyptian airbase near the Libyan border.Egypt’s Defense Ministry has already rejected the report.The Reuters report also said any such Russian deployment might be part of a bid to back Libyan military commander Khali

six russian national guard soldiers killed during attack in chechnya

Six soldiers from Russia’s National Guard were killed and three were injured during an overnight raid on Stanitsa Naurskaya, a military town in the north of Chechnya, reports the Interfax news site. This is the third attack since the beginning of the year.  The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. when a group of insurgents attempted to enter Stanitsa Naurskaya, according to the National Guard’s press release. Russian forces effectively countered the offensive, but six Russian soldiers died during the battle. Six insurgents were also killed and two of them are discovered to have been wearing explosive belts.The area is currently blocked and a task force was deployed to investigate the incident. Although the counter-terror regime has been lifted in Chechnya since 2009, the insurgency is still

presstv-iraqi forces seize two west mosul districts

Iraqi government forces have regained control of two neighborhoods in the western part of Mosul in a new phase of joint operations with allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units to push Daesh Takfiri terrorists out of their last urban stronghold in the country.Major General Haider al-Maturi of the Federal Police Commandos Division told The Associated Press that his troops marched into the Tayaran neighborhood of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad, on Sunday morning.Maturi added that the neighborhood “is now under their full control,” noting that Daesh militants made use of at least 10 car bombs to stop Iraqi forces making quick advances on multiple fronts.Nine of the explosive-laden cars were blown up before reaching their targets, while the last one left

tens of thousands flee clashes between syria army, is

Tens of thousands of Syrian civilians have fled ferocious fighting between Russian-backed regime forces and Islamic State group jihadists over the past week in the country's ravaged north. Supported by Russian air power and artillery, Syrian government forces have waged a fierce offensive against IS, seizing around 90 villages from the jihadists since mid-January.Their aim, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, is IS-held Khafsah, the main station pumping water into Aleppo. Residents of Syria's second city have been without mains water for 47 days after the jihadists cut the supply.The fighting over the past week has sparked an exodus of "more than 30,000 civilians, most of them women and children," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said Saturday.Most of t

syrie: moscou va entraîner les forces kurdes

"Il y a eu un accord entre nos forces et les forces russes opérant en Syrie (...) en vertu duquel nous allons recevoir un entraînement sur les tactiques modernes de combat", a indiqué Redur Xelil, porte-parole des Unités de protection du peuple kurde (YPG). 

russian arms proved efficient in syria war

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country’s defense technology has proved its “exceptional reliability and efficiency” during the ongoing fight against the Daesh Takfiri group."The use of aviation and air defense systems in actual combat conditions gives an absolutely invaluable experience for the flight and technical staff, the air defense detachments, as well as developers of domestic military products," the Russian leader added.Moscow launched its military campaign against Daesh and other terror outfits in Syria in September 2015 at the Damascus government’s request. Russia's airstrikes have significantly helped the Syrian forces deal heavy blows to foreign-backed militants operating in the Arab country since 2011.Putin also praised the Russian military’s role in “neutralizing t

presstv-ukraine army shells several houses in donesk

The Ukrainian army has shelled several residential buildings in the self-proclaimed Donetsk region overnight, local officials say. Eleven homes were severely damaged during the Saturday attacks and power supply was cut in some areas.There has been no report of civilians casualties.Ukraine’s Armed Forces also shelled the positions of pro-Russian forces in the self-proclaimed Lugansk region over the past day.The report comes a day after the Ukrainian army shelled Donetsk water purification plant, damaging some parts of the complex.Efforts to demine the area nearby the Donetsk water purification plant were indefinitely suspended on Friday due to incessant shelling by Ukraine’s military.Ukrainian troops stand on an armored personnel carrier in Avdiivka in the Donetsk region on January 30, 2017

presstv-‘1k daesh terrorists killed, injured in palmyra’

A senior Russian military official says Syrian soldiers either killed or injured more than 1,000 members of the Daesh terrorist group during the recent victorious battle to retake Syria’s central city of Palmyra from the terror outfit.Sergei Rudskoy, the chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, released the toll on Friday.A day earlier, the Syrian army had said it had recaptured the city and driven the terrorists away with the help of Russian airpower for about a month and a half.Syrian soldiers take positions as they advance to retake the ancient city of Palmyra from Daesh in a previous operation on March 2, 2017. (Photo by AFP)The Syrian forces also destroyed 19 tanks, 37 armored vehicles, 98 pickup trucks with heavy weapons mounted on t

presstv-syrian forces retake 15 villages from daesh

Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air support, have retaken 15 villages from Daesh terrorists in the country’s northern regions.According to a military source quoted by the SANA news agency on Saturday, Syrian forces have freed around 90 villages from the hands of Daesh since mid-January.He added the troops are "expanding control in northeast parts of Aleppo province."  The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the government soldiers had reached areas only 14 kilometers to the Daesh-held town of Khafsah, where Aleppo’s main water pumping station is located.The head of the UK-based monitoring group, Rami Abdel-Rahman, said that clashes with the terrorists had displaced around 30,000 people. Abdel-Rahman noted that most of the displaced people have fled towards Manbij

presstv-pro-russians threaten to seize enterprises

Pro-Russia forces have threatened to take control of state-run businesses in eastern Ukraine unless Kiev ends a rail blockade by nationalist protesters.In a statement published on Monday, leaders of the pro-Russia forces said that they would install "external managers" at industries on their territory as the month-long blockade, which has halted the transport of coal supplies, has caused many businesses to suffer in the country’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions."You know well that because of the rail blockade … some enterprises stopped working. We understand clearly that these enterprises must start working again, that we need to think about people, so we've made a decision that if by Wednesday they do not register as locals, all of them will be transferred under our control," said Alexander Z

the cold war was scary, but at least you knew who the bad guys were

A common refrain in the 30 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union is that things were simpler during the Cold War. This grim nostalgia is startlingly apt now when a resurgent Russia gives geopolitics an almost retro feel. It's like we're watching "Cold War: the sequel", only to find the subtitles messed up and familiar plot-lines turned inside out.In the early years of Ronald Reagan's presidency, Russia was "the evil empire", the term "mutually assured destruction" rolled off the tongue and into an acronym of perfect clarity, and I came of age dancing to the hit compilation album 1982 with a Bullet.Syrian government forces and rebels clashVideo duration00:41Previous slideNext slideVideo duration00:52I don't admire Putin: TurnbullI don't admire Putin: TurnbullDespite some MPs heaping

presstv-russia ‘has no plans for syria military base’

Russia has vehemently dismissed a Reuters report which claims it is constructing a military base in the Afrin district of Syria’s Aleppo Province in alliance with the Kurdish militia controlling the area.“There are no plans to establish new Russian bases on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic,” a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.Moscow, however, said it will use a facility in northeastern Syria to observe the implementation of a previously-agreed ceasefire and negotiate local truces between various warring factions there.“In accordance with the Russian-Turkish agreement signed on December 30, 2016, the Russian Center of Reconciliation carries out round-the-clock ceasefire monitoring. To prevent the violation of the ceasefire, one of the branches of the center has

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