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The Russian Ministry of Defence announces that the six-tonne satellite-controlled reconnaissance drone Altius-U has performed its maiden flight.
The Ministry of Defence in Russia accuses Azerbaijan of violating the 2020 ceasefire agreement after a unit of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces crosses the Line of Contact in Shushi Province, Artsakh, and seizes control of dirt roads near the Lachin corridor.
Russia launches airstrikes on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv for the first time since April 28. The Russian Defence Ministry says that the missile strikes targeted T-72 tanks that had been supplied to Ukraine by several EU countries. At least one person is injured.
"Jeune Afrique" reports that on 12 April the defence ministers of Russia and Cameroon signed a new military cooperation agreement, renewing a similar agreement signed in 2015.
Russia's Ministry of Defence announces the first deployment of the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), calling it a "landmark event". According to President Vladimir Putin, the top speed is over Mach 20 and it puts Russia's military "ahead of all other nations".
The Russian Ministry of Defense says that Russia and China concluded a five-day computer-generated air defense drill in Beijing.
A Russian lieutenant general, Valery Asapov, is killed by mortar fire from ISIL militants near the city of Deir ez-Zor, according to the Russian Defence Ministry. Asapov has been described as one of the senior Russian military advisers in Syria.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Russia and Syria will open humanitarian corridors to Aleppo, and will provide a way for rebel fighters to lay down their arms.
Russian President Vladimir Putin orders Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu to start the withdrawal of Russian Armed Forces from Syria, saying during a meeting with Shoygu, "I consider the objectives that have been set for the Defense Ministry to be generally accomplished. That is why I order to start withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow.”
Russia reinforces the joint Armenian-Russian run Erebuni Airport, home to the Russian 3624th Air Base, with six attack and transport helicopters. The Russian Defence Ministry said the Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters had been transferred from a military base in the southern Russian region of Krasnodar Krai to the air base in Erebuni, Armenia.
For the first time, Russia strikes Islamic State targets in northern Syria with 3M-54 Klub (Kalibr) cruise missiles launched from a Kilo-class submarine in the Mediterranean, according to the Russian Minister of Defence, Sergey Shoygu.