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Russian Emergency employees work at the scene of an accident, just outside of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. At least four Russian soldiers died and about 20 others were injured Monday in a traffic accident near Moscow, officials said. The Russian Defense Ministry said that a truck driver lost control of his vehicle and rammed into a convoy of military buses on a highway just northwest of the capital. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

4 Russian soldiers die, over 40 injured in road crash

Jan. 11, 2021 1:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — At least four Russian soldiers died and more than 40 others were injured Monday in a traffic crash near Moscow, officials said. The Defense Ministry said that a truck driver lost control of his vehicle and rammed into a convoy of military buses on a highway just northwest of the capital. Two...

NATO scrambled around 350 times for Russian jets in 2020

Jan. 8, 2021 2:37 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO says that Russian military activity near the alliance's airspace increased slightly this year as its jets across Europe scrambled more than 400 times to escort or shadow unknown aircraft. In a statement released Monday, NATO said almost 90%, or about 350 of these missions, were...

Russian military says 3 of its troops wounded in Syria

Dec. 29, 2020 3:21 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said three of its troops were wounded Tuesday in an attack by militants in northwestern Syria. Rear Adm. Vyacheslav Sytnik, the chief of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said that militants in the province of Idlib fired an anti-tank missile at a...

In this photo taken from a video distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, a Chinese H-6K strategic bomber flies during a joint patrol mission over the Western Pacific. Russian and Chinese bombers flew a joint patrol mission over the Western Pacific Tuesday in a show of increasingly close military ties between Moscow and Beijing. The Russian military said that a pair of its Tu-95 strategic bombers and four Chinese H-6K bombers flew over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian and Chinese bombers fly joint patrol over Pacific

Dec. 22, 2020 9:40 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Chinese bombers flew a joint patrol mission over the Western Pacific Tuesday in a show of increasingly close military ties between Moscow and Beijing. The Russian military said that a pair of its Tu-95 strategic bombers and four Chinese H-6K bombers flew over the Sea of Japan and...

Russian military officer killed by mine in Nagorno-Karabakh

Dec. 18, 2020 2:26 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military officer has been killed by an explosion while working to clear mines leftover from six weeks of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, officials said Friday. The Russian Defense Ministry said the mine-clearing expert died Thursday on...

FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. Individuals linked to Russia and the French military used fake Facebook and Instagram accounts to wage a covert disinformation campaign in the Central African Republic ahead of elections there this month, Facebook announced this week. Facebook said on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 it took down hundreds of accounts and groups linked to France and Russia accused of “coordinated inauthentic behavior” in CAR as well as other countries in Africa and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook removes French, Russian accounts active in Africa

Dec. 17, 2020 1:56 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Individuals linked to Russia and the French military used fake Facebook and Instagram accounts to wage a covert disinformation campaign in the Central African Republic ahead of elections there this month, Facebook announced this week. Facebook said it took down hundreds of accounts and groups...

Sweden ups defense budget 40% due to regional tensions

Dec. 15, 2020 12:06 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s Parliament on Tuesday approved a 40% increase in the defense budget for 2021-2025 because of tensions in the Baltic Sea region in recent years, with officials saying Russia is the main reason for the move. The 349-member Riksdag assembly approved the largest hike in 70...

In this photo taken from video distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Intercontinental ballistic missiles are launched by the Vladimir Monomakh nuclear submarine of the Russian navy from the Sera of Okhotsk, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. The submarine successfully test-fired four intercontinental ballistic missiles in a show of readiness of the nation's nuclear deterrent. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian nuclear submarine test-fires 4 missiles

Dec. 12, 2020 10:52 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian nuclear submarine on Saturday successfully test-fired four intercontinental ballistic missiles in a show of readiness of Moscow's nuclear forces amid tension with the U.S. The Defense Ministry said that the Vladimir Monomakh submarine of the Pacific Fleet launched four Bulava...

In this photo taken from a video distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, Russian a rocket launches from missile system as part of the drills, a ground-based intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from the Plesetsk facility in northwestern Russia. The Russian military has conducted sweeping drills of its strategic nuclear forces that featured several practice missile launches. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russia conducts drills of its strategic nuclear forces

Dec. 9, 2020 12:52 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Wednesday conducted sweeping drills of its strategic nuclear forces that featured several practice missile launches. The Defense Ministry said in a statement that the maneuvers included the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile from the Karelia nuclear...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia to establish navy base in Sudan for at least 25 years

Dec. 8, 2020 2:21 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has signed an agreement with Sudan to establish a navy base in the African nation for at least a quarter century, part of Moscow's efforts to expand its global reach. The deal published Tuesday on the official portal of government documents allows Russia to simultaneously keep up to...