Latest Russian armed forces News

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019, file photo, Bradley fighting vehicles are parked at a U.S. military base at an undisclosed location in Northeastern Syria, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The U.S. has deployed additional troops and armored vehicles into eastern Syria after a number of clashes with Russian forces, including a recent vehicle collision that injured four American service members. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

US sends troops, armored vehicles to Syria to counter Russia

Sep. 18, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has deployed additional troops and armored vehicles into eastern Syria after a number of clashes with Russian forces, including a recent vehicle collision that injured four American service members. Navy Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said the U.S. has also...

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber, assigned to the 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, lands during exercise Lightning Focus at Royal Australian Air Force Base (RAAF) in Darwin, Australia, Dec. 6, 2018. The U.S. Air Force flew three B-1 heavy bombers over the East Siberian Sea, north of Russia’s far east, as part of recent maneuvers that the military said Friday are meant to demonstration of American capabilities and ability to support allies, but which a Russian commander blasted as “hostile and provocative.” The flight of the three Texas-based U.S. Air Force Reserve B-1 Lancer bombers on Thursday followed a similar mission a week ago in which three temporarily Britain-based B-52 bombers were flown over Ukrainian airspace, near Russia’s western flank. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail via AP)

Russian military says US flights near Crimea fuel tensions

Sep. 18, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Friday accused the U.S. and its allies of provoking tensions in the Black Sea region with a sharp increase in the number of bomber patrols and intelligence flights. Col.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, head of the Russian General Staff's main operational department, charged that...

In this photo taken from video and released by Russian Presidential Press Service, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talk during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Belarus' authoritarian president is visiting Russia in a bid to secure more loans and political support as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule enter their sixth week. Alexander Lukashenko's talks Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi come a day after an estimated 150,000 flooded the streets of the Belarusian capital, demanding Lukashenko's resignation. (Russian Presidential Press Service via AP)

Belarusian opposition condemns Russia for backing Lukashenko

Sep. 15, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Tuesday that a $1.5 billion loan it offered to Belarus carried no political conditions, despite claims by the Belarusian opposition that Russia was trying to shore up the nation's authoritarian president amid post-election protests. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, people walk past a Microsoft office in New York. Microsoft said Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, that the same Russian military intelligence outfit that hacked the Democrats in 2016 has been trying to break into more than 200 organizations in recent weeks, including political parties and consultants. (AP Photo/Swayne B. Hall, File)

Russian hackers targeting U.S. campaigns, Microsoft says

Sep. 10, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The same Russian military intelligence outfit that hacked the Democrats in 2016 has renewed vigorous U.S. election-related targeting, trying to breach computers at more than 200 organizations including political campaigns and their consultants, Microsoft said Thursday. The intrusion attempts...

FILE - In this June 24, 2020 file photo, soldiers from China's People's Liberation Army march toward Red Square during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Chinese and Russian forces will take part in joint military exercises in southern Russia later in September along with troops from Armenia, Belarus, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan and others, China's defense ministry announced Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

China, others to join military exercises in Russia

Sep. 10, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and Russian forces will take part in joint military exercises in southern Russia later this month along with troops from Armenia, Belarus, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan and others, China’s defense ministry announced Thursday. The “Caucasus 2020” drills will deploy...

In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, Serbia Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus speaks after the military exercises on Batajnica, military airport near Belgrade, Serbia. Vulin said Wednesday Sept. 9, 2020, the government decided to suspend all war games

Serbia suspends war games in Belarus, alleges EU 'pressure'

Sep. 9, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia suspended all foreign military exercises Wednesday on the eve of planned maneuvers with Russia in Belarus, citing alleged pressure from the European Union. Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said the government's decision came “after tremendous and undeserved...

Top French military officer arrested; reported Russia ties

Aug. 30, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A senior French army officer based abroad has been arrested and handed preliminary treason charges for sharing highly sensitive intelligence with a foreign power, authorities said Sunday. Europe-1 radio reported that the lieutenant colonel is accused of passing “ultra-sensitive”...

In this undated video grab provided by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Russia's Varyag missile cruiser fires a cruise missile as part of the Russian navy manoeuvres in the Bering Sea. The Russian navy has conducted massive war games near Alaska involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the biggest such drills in the area since Soviet times. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian navy conducts major maneuvers near Alaska

Aug. 28, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian navy conducted major war games near Alaska involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the military said Friday, the biggest such drills in the area since Soviet times. Russia's navy chief, Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov, said that more than 50 warships and about 40 aircraft were taking part...

Russian submarine surfaces near Alaska during war exercise

Aug. 27, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Russian submarine surfaced near Alaska on Thursday during a Russian war game exercise, U.S. military officials said. It was unclear why it surfaced. The North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command are closely monitoring the submarine, Northern Command...

This booking photo provided by the Alexandria, Va, Sheriff's Office, shows Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins. A federal magistrate judge in Virginia has refused to free the former Army Green Beret who was arrested last week on a charge that he divulged U.S. military secrets to Russian intelligence agents. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Anderson agreed Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 with federal prosecutors that Debbins, 45, poses a risk to flee if he is released from custody before trial. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP)

Judge refuses to free ex-Green Beret accused of espionage

Aug. 27, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal magistrate judge in Virginia refused Thursday to free a former Army Green Beret who was arrested last week on a charge that he divulged U.S. military secrets to Russian intelligence agents. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Anderson agreed with federal prosecutors that Peter...