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10.16.2008 Ukraine opposition party raises funds to free captive crew
A Ukrainian opposition party said on Wednesday it had started a fundraising campaign to raise the $8 million ransom demanded by Somali pirates for the release of the MK <i>Faina</i> vessel and its crew.

10.15.2008 Russian warship ready to fight pirates off Somali coast
A missile frigate from Russia's Baltic Fleet is ready to fight piracy off the Somali coast together with warships from other countries.

10.14.2008 Relatives of captive crew seek meeting with Ukrainian leader
Family members of over 15 Ukrainians held hostage by Somali pirates for more than two weeks have gathered outside the offices of the Ukrainian president, the Unian news agency reported on Monday.

10.08.2008 Lavrov says Russia-Venezuela cooperation not targeting U.S.
The strengthening of Russia's bilateral ties with Venezuela is not aimed at any other country, including the United States, the Russian foreign minister said Monday.

10.08.2008 Ukraine dismisses use of force reports over Russia's naval fleet
Ukraine's defense ministry dismissed on Monday reports that the country is ready to use force to seize the Black Sea Fleet's navigation and hydrographic support facilities in the Crimea.

10.06.2008 Russia's UAC may join India in development of BrahMos-2 missile
Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) will participate in the joint development of a new cruise missile with India only if a decision is made to adopt it for service with the Russian Air Force, the company said on Friday.

10.03.2008 Nuclear-powered cruiser ready for new fuel
The Sevmash yard in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, has started the discharging of spent nuclear fuel from the cruiser Admiral Nakhimov. The vessel has been moored by the yard since 1999 awaiting the operation.

10.03.2008 The last day of a nuclear-powered icebreaker
One of Russias most powerful icebreakers, the Arktika, was officially taken out of service. On Friday, 3, the reactor of the 33 year old vessel was turned off.

10.03.2008 Russia rejects use of force to free Somali pirates' hostages
The Russian Navy said Wednesday that no force would be used against pirates who seized a Ukrainian ship off the Somali coast last week, a Navy spokesman said.

10.02.2008 Russia must protect its Arctic interests - Security Council
The secretary of the Russian Security Council said the Arctic is strategically important to Russia and the country must protect its interests in the region.

10.01.2008 Russian frigate sails to Mediterranean for drills with Italian navy
A Russian warship from the Black Sea Fleet has entered the Aegean Sea and is heading toward the Italian coast to participate in joint naval exercises with the Italian navy, a fleet spokesman said on Tuesday.

10.01.2008 Russian warship visits naval base near Kyoto
A Russian warship from the Pacific Fleet has made a port call at the Maizuru naval base in Japan's Kyoto Prefecture, a Navy spokesman said on Tuesday.

09.30.2008 Russia, India to develop new BrahMos cruise missile
Russia and India will jointly develop a new BrahMos-2 hypersonic cruise missile, the head of the BrahMos company said on Monday.

09.30.2008 Defense chief says Russia does not export nuclear submarines
Russia has no plans to export nuclear submarines, the country's defense minister said on Monday during his visit to India.

09.30.2008 Russian warships to hold drills in northern Atlantic
Russia's warships currently on a long-range sortie to the Caribbean will conduct a number of exercises in the Atlantic Ocean, a Northern Fleet spokesman said on Monday.

09.30.2008 Russia to start MiG fighter deliveries to India in spring 2009
Russia will start deliveries of MiG-29K Fulcrum-D carrier fighters to India in the spring of 2009, the aircraft manufacturer's marketing director said Monday.

09.29.2008 Two sailors from sunken ship in Black Sea survive - TV
Two sailors from the Tolstoy cargo ship that sank off the Bulgarian coast early on Saturday have survived while others are still missing, Russian TV news channel Vesti 24 reported on Sunday.

09.29.2008 NATO closely monitors Russian warships on route to Caribbean
A long-range sortie of the Russian naval task group to the Caribbean has drawn close attention from NATO, a Navy spokesman said on Saturday.

09.29.2008 Russia says 'sunken ship in Black Sea was North Korean'
The Tolstoy cargo ship that has reportedly sunk in the Black Sea off the Bulgarian coast was not Russian, but North Korean, the Russian Transportation Ministry said on Saturday.

09.29.2008 Russian cargo ship sinks in Black Sea
A Russian cargo ship sank early Saturday in the Black Sea off the Bulgarian coast, the Bulgarian transportation ministry said.

09.27.2008 Ukraine says ship seized by Somali pirates contains 33 tanks
A Ukrainian ship seized by pirates off the Somali coast on Thursday contained 33 T-72 tanks along with other armaments that were on their way to Kenya under a contract, Ukraine's defense minister said Friday.

09.26.2008 Pirates seize Ukrainian ship off Somalia
Pirates off the coast of Somalia seized a Ukrainian ship en route to Kenya, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has announced, citing reports from maritime rescue officials in Greece.

09.25.2008 Russia sends missile frigate on long-range patrol mission
The Neustrashimy (Fearless) frigate from the Baltic Fleet left the main naval base in Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad on Wednesday on an unspecified long-range patrol mission, a Navy spokesman said.

09.25.2008 Russia may sell more MiG-29K carrier fighters to India
Talks on additional deliveries of MiG-29K Fulcrum-D carrier fighters to India will start in the near future, the president of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation said Wednesday.

09.25.2008 Russia could order aircraft carriers from Ukraine - MP-2
Moscow may offer Ukraine contracts to build aircraft carriers for the Russian Navy, a senior Russian lawmaker told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

09.24.2008 Norwegian navy monitoring the Russian fleet
The two Russian ships Admiral Chabanenko and Peter the Great who are passing off the coast of Norway this week are being closely monitored by Norwegian radars.

09.24.2008 Russia to fight piracy off Somalia coast
Russia will soon join international efforts to fight piracy off the Somalia coast, but will conduct its operations independently, the Navy commander said on Tuesday.

09.22.2008 Russian Navy to adopt new Bulava ballistic missile in 2009
Russia will adopt new Bulava-M submarine-based ballistic missiles for service with the Navy and commission the first Borey-class strategic nuclear submarine in 2009, a senior Navy official said on Friday.

09.22.2008 Russia successfully test launches Bulava missile from submarine
The Russian Navy on Thursday successfully tested a Bulava sea-launched ballistic missile, which hit targets on testing grounds in Kamchatka in Russia's Far East, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry said.

09.18.2008 Zvezdochka takes over more shipyards in Murmansk
The Arkhangelsk-based Zvezdochka shipyard might take over another two yards in Murmansk Oblast. In 2009, both the yard in Polyarny and Safonovo might be incorporated into the company.


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