Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
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Friday, December 25, 2009
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Thursday, December 24, 2009
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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Sunday, December 20, 2009
Kyiv, Ukraine. Not to be outdone by Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's embattled president, Viktor Yushchenko, has indicated that Ukrainian "Democrats" may consider nomination of a single presidential candidate. As about Yushchenko's support rating, it has slumped to a low 3.5% and a recent survey conducted by U.S.-based International Foundation for Electoral Systems and financed by the United States Agency for International Development lists Yushchenko with the highest negative rating (83%) of all candidates. The report in the media gives rise that Yushchenko, with only 4 weeks remaining, may be seeking an exit plan, a way to pull out of the election before he faces total embarrassment and humiliation by losing in the first round of the election.
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Saturday, December 19, 2009
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Friday, December 18, 2009
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“The next three months are crucial,” Hryhoriy Nemyria, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, told the Financial Times one day after returning from a mission to the IMF’s headquarters in Washington.
“Wait and see is not an option. The cost of inaction is greater than the cost of action and may aggravate the situation in the wider region.”
Mr Nemyria’s warning seems aimed at putting public pressure on the IMF, the US and the European Union at a difficult time in financial markets. Concern about the stability of emerging economies has been aggravated by the turmoil surrounding Dubai, following Dubai World’s surprise decision to seek a debt restructuring.
Brussels is also worried about the security of EU natural gas imports from Russia, following last winter’s Moscow-Kiev dispute and supply disruption.
Mr Nemyria declined to say whether Ukraine would be forced into default without immediate fresh IMF support. But he said it would be “extremely difficult” for the government to pay state salaries and pensions or to cover foreign obligations, including, crucially, monthly payments to Russia.
“It would be a fatal mistake if we recreate the risk of destabilising the situation,” he said.
Ukraine is Europe’s most troubled large economy, with gross domestic product contracting 15 per cent this year. It has been in economic turmoil since mid-2008, when the global economic crisis struck, forcing the country to turn to the IMF and European Union for support.
The Fund has paid out $11bn of a $16.4bn programme, keeping Kiev financially afloat, but two months ago it suspended a fourth $3.8bn disbursement after Ukraine failed to implement key economic reforms, including a tough 2010 budget.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 14:56
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Heavy snowfall and wind hit Odessa on Wednesday. Icy roads forced numerous school closings. There were several reports of traffic accidents throughout the region, including a number of rollover accidents. No serious injuries have been reported. There were no reports of road closings, but traffic was reduced to a crawl. The city of Odessa did close some underpasses for a short time. The Interstate roads No10 and 20 were snowpacked and icy. About six inches of snow fell on the famous Ukrainian resort on the Black Sea cost.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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Monday, December 14, 2009
Motståndet mot exploateringen av området och byggandet av Ochta Centr har på senare tid tilltagit och det har inletts en process som, om den samlar tillräckligt stöd, kommer att utmynna i en folkomröstning om områdets öde. UNESCO har hotat att stryka S:t Petersburg från världsarvslistan om projektet genomförs, analogt med vad som hände med floddalen vid Dresden efter byggandet av en ny, fyrfilig bro. För inte länge sedan ifrågasattes lokaliseringen t.o.m. av talmannen i ryska duman Boris Gryzlov, en av premiärminister Putins förtrogna.
Det för en utomstående egendomliga är dock att arbetet på platsen fortgår, trots kvarstående såväl politiska som juridiska frågetecken. Det har redan genomförts ett par s.k. provgjutningar och fler är planerade under december månad. Enligt vad en av de ledande arkeologerna i S:t Petersburg skriver på sin blogg kommer detta i praktiken att leda till lämningarna förstörs.
Onekligen framstår det som ganska egendomligt att den historiska staden S:t Petersburg ska ”prydas” av ett 400 meter högt glasmonster. Ur svenskt perspektiv är det förstås extra sorgligt när detta kombineras med en förstörelse av lokala svenskminnen.
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2. Inna Bogoslovska: “Ukraine will make “Kyiv initiative” concerning carrying out in Kyiv the negotiations of the world community on new world order topic”.
3. Volodymyr Lytvyn: “Key task – is providing correlation of minimal and maximum wage in proportion 1 to 5”.
4. Petro Symonenko: “ The minimum share of salaries in the product prime cost will be set at 60%.
5. Victor Yushchenko: “A hryvnia will become the only payment means in Ukraine. There will be no foreign currency transactions and prices in the home market”.
6. Oleg Tyagnybok: “European Ukrainian-centrism – strategic course of the government”.
7. Anatoliy Hrytsenko: “I will make an official to speak with people in the language, he/she is addressed”.
8. Oleksandr Pabat: “The state monopoly on main land resources will be renewed and the state will take the land on long-term lease”.
9. Yulia Tymoshenko: “Immediately after the crisis we will resume a long term housing mortgage loans at 2-4% per annum for 10-30 years”.
10. Lyudmyla Suprun: “The schools will turn to multimedia scientific-cultural centers of education and development of personality”.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 12:37
Friday, December 11, 2009
Calls flooded in to radio stations and air-traffic control towers. Astronomers were baffled. Extra-terrestrial enthusiasts got on their blogs. "It looked like a rocket that spun around and around and then went diagonally across the heavens," said Totto Eriksen, who saw the display while driving his daughter to school. And when an explanation finally came, he wasn't far wrong. It turned out to be a failed Russian nuclear-capable missile test launch.
The new Bulava missile was fired from the nuclear submarine Dmitry Donskoi, the Russian defence ministry confirmed. The White Sea, close to Norway's Arctic region, is Russia's standard missile-testing site. This one failed at the third stage.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The head of state believes this to humiliate the Ukrainian people. At the same time Yuschenko emphasised, Russia's position cannot have much influence on the progress and outcome of the presidential ballot. As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Yuschenko is September said he anticipated Russia's attempts to meddle in the process of election of the president of Ukraine. Ukraine is electing its president on January 17, 2010.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
In his words, this year was of a particular importance for relations between the Alliance and Ukraine, because NATO foreign ministers decided last December to open a new format of bilateral relations. Thanks to this decision, Ukraine launched the development of her annual target plan, and certain results of this work have been already summed up. “Implementation of the 2009 target program conformed to expectations of the Alliance. And we want to thank you for this. This result is also satisfactory to us. The annual target plan helped step up reforms in the military and civil areas, make relations with the Alliance more intensive,” Poroshenko said. He pointed out that the decision of the Bucharest summit and the following decisions by the NATO foreign ministers' meeting on Ukraine's future membership were correct and profitable for relations between NATO and Ukraine. On December 12 the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine decided to triple the strength of the Ukrainian peacekeeping contingent in Afghanistan.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 12:38
Monday, December 7, 2009
The last groups of young conscripts were sent from the collecting stations of regional military commissariats to the armed forces and other military formations, the press service said.
A total of 19,500 people were sent to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which is 500 less compared to this spring, 5,700 to the interior troops of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, and 1,250 to the state special transport service. A total of UAH 3.267 million was allocated from the state budget under a government decision to hold the conscription campaign.
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Sunday, December 6, 2009
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Thursday, December 3, 2009
Presently the company produces:
- military firearms;
- sporting-hunting weapons;
- aircraft automatic guns;
- guided artillery gunning complexes;
- test vehicles for maintenance and repair of tank armaments;
- new models of bikes;
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 13:23
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Some of them are really very impressive.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 11:51
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
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Monday, November 30, 2009
Another explosion hit a railway in Russia’s Caucasian region of Dagestan on 30 November. "A railway was hit by an explosion before a train travelling from Tyumen to (Azerbaijan’s capital) Baku passed. The train did not derail, although the locomotive pulled the carriages about 150 meters along the damaged rails," a local police official was quoted as saying. “The incident took place at about 06:00, Moscow time on the 2354 kilometre of the Moscow-Baku railway not far from the Inchkhe station,” police official added. The train was stopped by law enforcement officers, and rescue workers were involved. There are no casualties
Read more and see more pictures at http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/11/29/russia.train.crash/
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 10:39
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 13:24
119 girls are studying at military institutions of Ukraine. Under the Soviet Union, civil universities, in addition to professional education, gave basic military training and reserve ranks to the youth of both sexes. Many secondary schools still have defense lessons, both for boys and girls.
18,000 women are in the actual service (80% on contract, 12.6% warrant officers, 6.4% officers, among them 4 colonels). All branches are represented; prevalently, land troups (7,000 women) and air forces (6,500 women). Every day 300 Ukrainian ladies are on duty in air defense. In many divisions, instructors for operating / shooting / driving all sorts of equipment are female.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 09:17
The agreement was reached during a meeting between Gazprom’s chief Alexei Miller and Naftogaz’s Oleh Dubyna. Gazprom also agreed not to use sanctions under a “take or pay” provision in the contract, whereby the buyer has to pay for the entire contracted volume. Instead of 40 billion cubic meters of gas, Ukraine will buy less than 25 billion in 2009. But Russia has said it will not fine Kiev for falling short of contracted volumes due to the ex-Soviet state’s difficult economic situation. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who met on November 19 in the Ukrainian city of Yalta with his counterpart Yulia Tymoshenko, reiterated that no sanctions will be used against Ukraine. Russia, which supplies around one quarter of Europe’s gas, briefly shut down supplies via Ukraine’s pipeline system at the start of the year amid a dispute unpaid bills and new prices. The conflict was resolved in January, when Putin and Tymoshenko reached a deal on imports and transit for 2009. Ukraine transits around 80% of Russia’s Europe-bound gas.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
“A shell exploded at 2.50 p.m. Moscow time when loading the ammunition found after the November 13 fire on an Ural truck at the technical premises of the 31st Navy ammunition depot in Ulyanovsk. Subsequently, the ammunition loaded on the truck to be delivered for further destruction exploded,” spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry Col. Alexei Kuznetsov told Itar-Tass on Monday.
According to the preliminary reports, eight servicemen from the ammunition disposal team were killed in the blast, another two servicemen were hospitalized. The truck loaded with the ammunition burnt down. “The Defence Ministry’s committee is working at the blast site,” the spokesman said.
On November 13, the major fire sparked up at the foresaid ammunition depot as a result of a breach of technology. About 120 tonnes of artillery shells burnt down at the ammunition depot. Two servicemen died in the fire-fighting efforts. A criminal case was instituted over the incident.
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Monday, November 23, 2009
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Hryhoriy Nemyria voiced this hope in Brussels, during his meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, the vice premier's press service reported.
The parties also discussed cooperation in power industry. In this connection the vice premier noted that Ukraine views the use of alternative and renewable sources of energy, including thanks to Swedish knowhow, as an important component of the effort aimed at diversification of power industry.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Concerns are growing that the dispute could be repeated this January, when Ukraine holds presidential elections. Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said the country had struggled to pay its latest monthly gas bill to Russia.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 11:51
The Government Ukraine along with the Ministry of healthcare of Ukraine and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine are taking measures to prevent the spreading of epidemy. Being forced to use masks in crouded places many have turned this ordinary protection mean into the real masterpiece. Look at the picture to make sure of it!
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 11:36
Monday, November 16, 2009
News agency Associated Press
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Ukraine-Sweden: At the Crossroads of History includes more than 100 priceless historical artifacts from Ukraine and Sweden, Ukraine's ally in the Battle of Poltava, one of the most critical events in Ukraine's history. The exhibition promises to be a poignant reminder of an event that, to this day, continues to irk Russia. It will also demonstrate to the American public and to younger Ukrainian Americans that the battle to preserve Ukraine's independence was already being fought, by Hetman Mazepa and his Cossacks, 300 years ago. Learn more about it at:
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