Scramble to defuse Ukraine tensions as deal nears on aid convoy

Moscow and Kiev`s foreign ministers geared up for an urgent meeting with their French and German counterparts Sunday as Ukraine`s boasts that it had destroyed a small military convoy from Russia ramped up the stakes.

"Strongly protest" over Russia`s military exercises on disputed islands: Japan

Japan said on Wednesday that Tokyo would "strongly protest" to Russia over military exercises on disputed Pacific islands that have strained relations between the two nations since the end of World War Two. 

Russia providing military support to Ukraine separatists: US

The United States on Monday accused Moscow of providing pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine with military equipment such as tanks and rocket launchers.

Russian military may soon adopt new Kalashnikov assault rifle

The fate of a new Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle developed for the Russian army will be decided during acceptance trials due to begin in June 2013, Russia`s largest firearms manufacturer, Izhmash, said.

Russia seeks closer military ties with Myanmar

Russia is seeking improved ties including military cooperation with Myanmar, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said during an official visit.

Russian official jailed for creating `ghost` soldiers

A former Russian defence ministry financial administrator has been sentenced to five years in prison for tampering with servicemen`s official records to create "ghost" soldiers.

Russia denies feeding rotten food to military

Russia`s defence ministry has confirmed reports of vermin found in food stocks at a military unit on the Kurils Islands in the far east, but denied the food had been given to servicemen.

Russia starts large-scale military exercises

Russia has started large-scale military exercises in the disputed Kuril islands in the country`s far east, a military official said Tuesday.

Russia military to form 26 new brigades by 2020

Russia will form 26 additional brigades by 2020 without increasing the number of personnel in the Armed forces, Col Gen Vladimir Chirkin.

Russia downsizes military; says won`t build up N-arsenal

As part of major post-Soviet military reforms, Prez Medvedev has announced that Russia has no plans to boost its nuclear stockpiles.