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Putin says mysterious explosion posed no radiation threat

Aug. 21, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Wednesday that a recent deadly explosion at a military testing site in northwestern Russia hasn't posed any radiation threat, but he remained coy about the circumstances of the mysterious incident. Speaking after talks in Helsinki with Finnish...

Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy

Aug. 18, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska. Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television...

Airstrikes on Syrian rebel stronghold kill family of 7

Aug. 17, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government and Russian airstrikes pounded the southern edge of a rebel stronghold in Syria's northwest on Saturday, killing at least seven members of one family, activists and a war monitor reported. The intense airstrikes were coupled with fierce ground clashes as the government, backed by...

Russian military orders village evacuation, then cancels it

Aug. 13, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Tuesday told residents of a village near a navy testing range to evacuate, but cancelled the order hours later, adding to the uncertainty and confusion fueled by a missile explosion last week that led to a brief spike in radiation that frightened residents and raised...

9 hurt in new blasts at Russian military arsenal in Siberia

Aug. 9, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — More explosions have injured nine more people at a military depot in Russia's Siberia region, where massive blasts earlier in the week left one person dead and 13 injured. The Friday explosions at the ammunition depot near the city of Achinsk in eastern Siberia's Krasnoyarsk region were...

Russia says its bombers escorted by US jets over Bering Sea

Aug. 8, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown a patrol mission over the Bering Sea, where they were escorted by U.S. fighter jets. The Defense Ministry said two Tu-95 bombers flew Thursday over international waters during a 10-hour mission that was part of...

Russian military says 2 dead, 4 injured by rocket explosion

Aug. 8, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Defense Ministry said a rocket engine exploded during a test Thursday, killing two people and injuring four others. Local officials reported a slight increase in radiation levels in a nearby city. The ministry said the explosion occurred at a military shooting range in Nyonoksa in...

Russia's military drone makes successful maiden flight

Aug. 7, 2019 7:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says a heavy drone it's developing has made a successful maiden flight. The Defense Ministry on Wednesday released a video showing the Okhotnik (Hunter) taking off, performing maneuvers and landing. The ministry has said that the drone, which has advanced reconnaissance...

1 killed, 13 injured by blasts at Russian military depot

Aug. 7, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities say powerful explosions that started at a military depot in Siberia two days ago left one person dead and 13 people injured. A fire erupted Monday at an ammunition depot near the city of Achinsk in eastern Siberia's Krasnoyarsk region, triggering massive blasts that...

12 injured, 1 missing in Russia's military depot fire

Aug. 6, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Powerful explosions at a military depot in Siberia have injured 12 people and left one missing, and forced over 16,500 people to leave their homes, officials said Tuesday. A fire erupted Monday at an ammunition depot near the city of Achinsk in eastern Siberia's Krasnoyarsk region, triggering...