Pacific Fleet vessels hold artillery, torpedo firing during drills in Sea of OkhotskMilitary & Defense August 29, 8:15
Ceasefire observed in most governorates in Syria throughout SundayWorld August 29, 4:54
Mass action held in Toronto to denounce IPC's decision to ban Russia from Rio GamesSport August 29, 4:52
Time not ripe yet to lift sanctions off Russia but issue may get to agenda — MerkelWorld August 28, 20:40
Medvedev signs order lifting ban off chartered flights between Russia and TurkeyBusiness & Economy August 28, 15:01
Gerard Depardieu opens cultural center in SaranskSociety & Culture August 28, 7:22
Protesters pelt Ukrainian embassy in Moscow with eggsRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 28, 0:41
Russian sports minister says couple pages missing from McLaren's initial reportSport August 27, 13:26
Lavrov, Kerry round up 12-hours-long talks in GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 27, 2:50
LUGANSK, June 15, /ITAR-TASS/. All army units in Lugansk and east of the city have switched sides to join the newly proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, head of the republic Valery Bolotov said on Sunday.
“By now, all army units in Lugansk and east of the city have come over to the Lugansk People’s Republic, except those staying at the airport. We are in talks with them, trying to persuade them,” he told a news conference.
He refuted reports that the Dnepropetrovsk paratrooper brigade had left the Lugansk international airport. “No one left the territory of the airport,” he said.
Commenting on reports that the Dnepropetrovsk paratroopers had been barred from leaving the airport by a Lvov brigade, also defending the airport, Bolotov said, “If the Dnepropetrovsk servicemen ask us to help, we will help them.
Vladimir Gromov, the chief of the republic’s counter-intelligence service, told a news conference that anti-saboteur units will be formed.
“From tomorrow, we are forming a special unit that will work to prevent subversive activities,” he said.