Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Chernobyl Disaster: How It Happened

The Chernobyl disaster, also referred to as the Chernobyl accident, was a catastrophic nuclear accident. It occurred on 26 April 1986 in the No.4 light water graphite moderated reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near the now-abandoned town of Pripyat, in northern part of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union, approximately 104 km (65 mi) north of Kiev. On that very day a routine safety test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine spiraled out of control. Follow the dramatic events that led to the world's worst civilian nuclear disaster.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Maundy Thursday in Poltava

April 5, 2018 Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday) is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the canonical gospels. This meal is the last time Jesus spends with his disciples and he tells them what is to happen. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.

 This day in Poltava we had a big street fair full of flowers, Easter eggs and many Ukrainian style handicrafts. I took these photos to let you see how Poltava looks today.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

New Ukrainian sniper rifles were shown to the specialists and mass media

April 1, 2018 (Ministry of Derence of Ukraine) On March 29, a company fulfilling a sniper rifles state order hosted a conference on use, maintenance, repair, and improvement of new sniper rifles. Its participants focused on issues related to use of sniper system within the Ukrainian units, preparation of recommendations on putting into service and maintenance of sniper rifles, as well as there were given presentations on snipers’ training programs. They also toured the company infrastructure. 

Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko attended the meeting and tested a new sniper rifle. He reiterated the importance of development of the sniping within the Armed Forces, as well as amending the Concept of the Snipers’ Training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Patience exhausted

March 31, 2018 (UKRINFORM) "Today's extraordinary international response by our allies stands in history as the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers ever and will help defend our shared security. Russia cannot break international rules with impunity," UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.

He also explained that it was "the last drop" that filled the cup of patience of the Western powers and triggered decisive steps. According to him, so many other countries in the last ten years have now experienced, if not attempted assassination with the use of a nerve agent, provocations of one kind or another. He also mentioned Russia's interference in the election of many states, cyberattacks and other manifestations of "Russian aggression," or disrespect for international law. Joint and decisive action is needed to respond to this.
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Russia, EU Powers Agree to Intensify Eastern Ukraine Peace Bid

March 29, 2018 (BloombergPolitics) Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine said they’ll examine ways to speed up progress on a peace plan for eastern Ukraine and end a conflict that triggered sanctions against Russia. Government leaders of the four countries welcomed an Easter cease-fire taking effect Friday and called for international observers to be allowed to verify it, according to joint statements published in Paris and Berlin on Thursday.

A destroyed pro-Russian armoured personnel carrier near the city of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine. 

The four countries pledged to “search in the months ahead for possible solutions to accelerate the implementation” of the Minsk accords, which laid out military and political steps to end the conflict between Ukraine’s government and pro-Russian separatists. The governments also called for further prisoner swaps.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on March 12 that European Union sanctions on Russia could be “discussed” if there’s “qualitative progress” in eastern Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed France’s commitment to Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty in a phone call with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on March 19. Putin and Merkel are among the signers of the Minsk accords in Belarus in February 2015. Sporadic fighting in the eastern regions of Ukraine bordering Russia has continued and many terms of the accords haven’t been met.