Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 11:26
Sunday, April 24, 2011
MOSCOW, April 23, 2011 (United Press International). Russia's Black Sea Fleet will stay in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol "forever," its former commander says. Adm. Igor Kasatonov made the vow to the Ukrainian magazine Expert, RIA Novosti reported Saturday. A year ago, Russia and Ukraine extended the fleet's lease on the Crimean base until 2042. "The year 2042 is not the final date of the Black Sea Fleet's presence in Crimea. The Russian navy will stay in Sevastopol forever," Kasatonov said. "Russia will never give up either Sevastopol or the Kuril Islands," he said, referring to the Far Eastern island chain captured from Japan at the end of World War II and still claimed by Tokyo. Kasatonov also said the fleet needs updated weaponry to meet present and emerging global threats. The Black Sea Fleet has about 40 operational vessels, but most are slated for decommissioning. Russia's navy chief, Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky, said last year it would be reinforced with 15 new ships and submarines by 2020.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 12:39
Sunday, April 17, 2011
KYIV, April 16 (UKRINFORM). Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Hryhoriy Pedchenko invited representatives of the Finnish Defense Forces to participate in the Ukraine-U.S. tactic exercise Rapid Trident 2012.
As the press service of the Defense Ministry informed, he handed over a relevant invitation during a visit to the Finnish Republic. The military exercises are planned to be held since July 23 and till August 3 next year in Yavoriv district of Lviv region (Ukraine's west). During the visit, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces held negotiations with the Chief of the Finnish Defense Forces, General Ari Puheloinen, on the issues of reformation and development of the armed forces of both countries, as well as on the state and perspectives of the Ukraine-Finland military cooperation. In addition, members of the Ukrainian delegation visited the Karelia Brigade, familiarized with reforms, held in the Finnish Army, shared experience of peacekeeping activities and determined the ways for further cooperation.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 14:05
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 09:37
Friday, April 1, 2011
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 20:13