Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov underlined this week that the country will settle the bill in rubles should the dollar transfer fail. But this has led to concerns as for the time being, Russia has managed to avoid default after J P Morgan processed the funds.
The UK is the only foreign country that has been granted permission to acquire the Switchblade so far. But that could change in the very near future as reports emerge that the US is set to provide Switchblades killer drones to Ukraine which are capable of accurately targeting tanks from miles away.
The price of disengagement laid out by Russia include a demand that Kyiv publicly abandon its desire to join NATO, bringing Russia and Ukraine closer to drawing a 15 points neutrality plan to end the war.
The assault of mystery ballistic missiles Russia has shot into Ukraine has a surprise: decoys that deceive air-defense radar systems and mislead heat-seeking missiles, according to American intelligence sources.
The Russian Defense Ministry has made a sensational claim that human samples from a secret project at Ukraine biolab were evacuated to UK and EU countries. The documents which will be made public shortly sescribe a secret project to study the ways humans can be infected from bats.
As part of concessions provided in the soon-to-be-announced nuclear agreement that would ensure sanctions on both countries are withdrawn, Russia's main state-controlled energy business is poised to cash in on a $10 billion contract to build out one of Iran's most contentious nuclear sites.
Whatever else the Russian armed intervention in Ukraine has done, it has hammered home to the Union government the perils of over-dependence on imported armaments. There are two aspects that are of special concern. First, is the danger of a military spares cut-off in case the Russian engagement in Ukraine extends into the future, highly unlikely though that is, because then the Kremlin will prioritise re-supplying its own troops.
On Dec. 12, the driver of a car carrying migrants from Ukraine and Tajikistan disobeyed an officer's requests to provide id and smacked the officer's hand with a car door mirror as he accelerated past him. This is merely one case out of more than 8,600 Russians who have crossed the Mexico border illegally into the US just in the recent months.
UN has said that over 3 million refugees have fled Ukraine in the 20 days since the war began and large Polish cities are overflowing with Ukrainian refugees and reaching their maximum "Capacity".
Nearly three weeks have passed since Russian President Vladimir Putin began his invasion of Ukraine, but it still is not clear why he did so and what he hopes to achieve. Western analysts, commentators and government officials have put forward more than a dozen theories to explain Putin's actions, motives, and objectives.