Vega joins a growing list of Russian mercenaries -- including the Wagner Group -- carrying out the Kremlin's dirty work in strategically important countries and offering Putin plausible deniability.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the breach as an 'emergency', and interior ministry personnel are scrambling to recover the highly classified equipment.
The UN vote comes shortly on the heels of the call by incoming Moldovan President Maia Sandu for Russian troops to withdraw from a breakaway region on the border with Ukraine.
The Kremlin achieved its goal in regaining a military foothold in Azerbaijan after being forced to leave more than 25 years go. Observers now wonder what Putin has planned next.
Political figures and analysts globally ratified a statement calling on world leaders to bolster international security.
The development in Moldova will likely catch the attention of a number of ex-Soviet states that either host Russian troops or worry about the Kremlin's games with Russian minorities.
Obsolete Russian-made air defence systems are no match for other countries' modern weapons, military analysts say.
Residents in Nangarhar Province are rebuilding their homes and say they no longer fear the wrath of the terrorists.
Beijing is floating the idea of the return of 'its' territories in order to gauge the reaction of Central Asian countries in what observers say is a direct threat to the region's sovereignty.
The Chinese president is directing operations to undermine neighbouring countries while at the same time claiming that 'pursuing hegemony or bullying leads nowhere'.