The Russian Air Force has joined the Vostok 2014 military exercise that began in Russia on Friday. Mi-8, Mi-24 and Ka-52 helicopters, Su-24 bombers, S-25 attack aircraft, MiG-31 and Su-27 jet fighters, and new-generation S-34, Su-30SM and Su-35S multirole aircraft systems will be participating in the exercises. Overall “about 100,000 servicemen, up to 1,500 tanks, 120 aircraft, 5,000 pieces of weaponry, military and special hardware, and 70 ships will take part in the exercises,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said. The drills will run until September 25.
The third convoy of Russian humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine has arrived in the war-torn city of Donetsk, reported Itar Tass. The convoy of around 200 vehicles is carrying some 2,000 tons of cereals, canned food, generators, medicine, warm clothes, and bottled water. Russia said it offered the Ukrainian border guards to check the vehicles on the border on several occasions, but they declined without citing any particular reason. On September 13 and on August 22 Russia delivered humanitarian aid to the city of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine. On both occasions Kiev refused to clear the cargoes and accused Russia of invading Ukraine.
Forty-nine Turkish citizens who had been held hostages by Islamic State (formerly ISIS) militants have been released, said Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. They were freed on Saturday and are already in Turkey, the official said offering no details on the circumstances of the release. "Today at 5 a.m. we brought our citizens who were detained in Iraq to our country. From my heart, I thank the families who maintained their dignity," Davutoglu said on his Twitter account. The group, including diplomats, was captured in the Turkish Consulate in Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul on June 11, when the Islamist militants were advancing on the Iraqi cities in the north of the country.