Saturday, December 16, 2017

A postcard dedicated to the Treaty of Portsmouth Peace Treaty of 1905

December 16, 2017 I have discovered this postcard in Internet by chance. It was issued in 1906 in New York by publisher Franz Huler. It must be very difficult to buy this 111 years old postcard at any auctions nowaday. So, I decided to reveal the story of this card's appearance. But first I would like to tell a few words about this publisher.


Franz Huld immigrated to US from Germany and was an early publisher in New York who issued hundreds of view cards, comics, artist signed cards, holidays and greetings and many types of novelty cards. The earliest issues of Franz Huld cards were published in the Private Mailing Card circa 1900.
As about discovered postcard, it was published in 1906 and was dedicated to the end of the Russo–Japanese War. The defeats of the Russian Army and Navy shook up Russian confidence. The empire was certainly capable of sending more troops but this would make little difference in the outcome due to the poor state of the economy, the embarrassing defeats of the Russian Army and Navy by the Japanese, and the relative unimportance to Russia of the disputed land made the war extremely unpopular. Tsar Nicholas II elected to negotiate peace so he could concentrate on internal matters after the disaster of Bloody Sunday on 9 January 1905.
Negotiating the Treaty of Portsmouth (1905). From left to right: the Russians at far side of table are Ivan Korostovetz, Konstantin Nabokov, Sergei Witte, Roman Rosen , Georgiy Planson; and the Japanese at near side of table are Acachi Mineichiro, Ochiai Kentaro, Komura Jutaro , Takahira Kogoro.

Both sides accepted the offer of Theodore Roosevelt, the President of the United States, to mediate; meetings were held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with Sergei Witte leading the Russian delegation and Baron Komura, leading the Japanese delegation. The Treaty of Portsmouth was signed on 5 September 1905 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Sergei Witte became Russian Prime Minister the same year.
So this postcard was dedicated to the signing of the Treaty of Portsmouth with hope for the long-awaited peace. On the postcard there are words of Martin Luther: “ Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe und Friede auf Erden und den Menschen ein Wohlgefallen” - Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Unfortunately a cruel fate has given another order and in 9 years another much more bloody war was unleashed....
Later on it turned out that many postcards were dedicated to the Treaty of Portsmouth;

this one has all of the major participants pictured. Portsmouth Athenaeum collection


Thursday, December 14, 2017

U.S. defense budget for 2018 authorizes provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine, expands parameters of Kyiv's support



December 13, 2017 (Interfax-Ukraine) The defense budget for 2018, signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, provides $350 million to promote security in Ukraine and authorizes the country to provide lethal weapons, the Ukrainian embassy in the United States has said.

"President of the United States Donald Trump has signed the law on the U.S. budget for 2018 for national defense, which provides permission to allocate $350 million to provide assistance in the security sphere of Ukraine. The law authorizes the provision of defensive weapons to our state and significantly expands the parameters of Ukraine's support with the United States in the field of security and defense," the embassy said on its Facebook page.
Thus, the document contains provisions allowing the use of U.S. defense budget funds for the rehabilitation of wounded Ukrainian military personnel in medical institutions of the United States, education and training of Ukrainian medical specialists in this field, as well as strengthening the capabilities of the Air and Naval Forces of Ukraine.
The diplomatic mission noted that for the first time at the legislative level it is proposed to provide Ukraine with such defensive means: radar air defense and surveillance over the surface situation; naval anti-mine means; ships of coastal action and coast guard.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Polish, Ukrainian Leaders to Hold Icebreaker Meeting



December 12, 2017 (http://www.president.gov.ua) Relations between Poland and Ukraine have deteriorated as the national narratives of each side collide head-on. Polish President Andrzej Duda’s visit to Ukraine will go ahead despite an explosion that damaged a Polish tourist bus, his office announced yesterday. Duda will visit Ukraine as planned tomorrow "despite various incidents," Pawel Mucha, the deputy head of the Polish president's chancellery, told Radio Poland, Interfax-Ukraine reports. No one was injured when an explosive device, described as a grenade by witnesses, went off under an empty Polish tourist bus near the western city of Lviv on Saturday. Warsaw and Kyiv both condemned the incident, the Irish Times reports. Someone is trying hard to put us at odds with Poland and disrupt the visit of President Duda. We will do everything to investigate this incident. And I say to the provocateurs – you won’t succeed,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said. The official reason for President Duda’s visit to Ukrainian is to discuss with his counterpart President Petro Poroshenko in Kharkiv the security situation in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, but soothing strained bilateral relations is the subtext, the Irish Times says.

Many see the meeting in Kharkiv between Polish President Duda and Ukrainian President Poroshenko as an attempt to smooth recently strained relations. Image: Petro Poroshenko/ Facebook
 Longstanding differences over massacres of Ukrainian and Polish civilians during World War II have risen to the surface in the past year, compounded by several incidents of vandalism at Polish war cemeteries and memorials in Ukraine. Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski recently accused Kyiv of ramping up tension by blocking the work of a Polish team searching for the remains of Polish war crime victims. Warsaw retaliated last month by barring entry to the secretary of a Ukrainian commission for remembrance when he tried to cross the border, Radio Poland reported. Waszczykowski had earlier said Warsaw was considering barring Ukrainians with “anti-Polish views” from entering the country.

 In the Kharkiv region, Presidents of Ukraine and Poland paid tribute to the victims of the totalitarian regime



Central bank reports on volume of deposits in Ukrainian banks

December 12, 2017 (UNIAN) The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.
 Since the beginning of the year, the volume of national currency deposits has increased by 5.9%, while foreign currency deposits were also up 2.1%, it said. The balance of hryvna loans in November crawled up 0.7% whereas they have increased by 9.6% since the beginning of the year, to UAH 551.979 billion, the regulator said. 
The balances of currency loans in dollars equivalent decreased in 1.5% in November; however they have shrink by 11.1% since the beginning of the year, to $16.145 billion. 
As UNIAN reported earlier, the volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in 2016 rose by 8.7%, while foreign currency deposits dropped by 0.4%.
The balances of currency loans in dollar equivalent decreased by 1.5% in November; however, they have shrunk by 11.1% since the beginning of the year, to $16.145 billion.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html
Since the beginning of the year, the volume of national currency deposits has increased by 5.9%, while foreign currency deposits were also up 2.1%, it said. The balances of hryvnia loans in November crawled up 0.7%, whereas they have increased by 9.6% since the beginning of the year, to UAH 551.979 billion, the regulator said.

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Since the beginning of the year, the volume of national currency deposits has increased by 5.9%, while foreign currency deposits were also up 2.1%, it said. The balances of hryvnia loans in November crawled up 0.7%, whereas they have increased by 9.6% since the beginning of the year, to UAH 551.979 billion, the regulator said.

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The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html
The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html
The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html
The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html
The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html
The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html
The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html
The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html
The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html
The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html
The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html
The volume of national currency deposits in Ukrainian banks in November grew by 0.3%, to UAH 450.971 billion, while foreign currency deposits (in dollar equivalent) fell by 0.7%, to $13.594 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website.

Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/2293291-central-bank-reports-on-volume-of-deposits-in-ukrainian-banks.html

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ukrainian Parliament adopts state budget for 2018

December 12, 2017 (112.International) Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament, approved the state budget for the next year. 273 lawmakers supported the law in the second reading.
The MPs worked until the late evening, and the session was closed after 11 p.m. Thursday. The newly adopted basic financial document offers a three-percent GDP growth and seven-percent inflation. The national currency rate will equal 29.30 Ukrainian hryvnas for 1 U.S. dollar. So, dear foreign tourists, welcome to Ukraine! Since January 2018, the minimal living wage will be approximately 60 dollars per a person. The minimal salary is expected on the level of 133 dollars.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Company KrAZ from Poltava region unveils new 4x4 armoured vehicle Hulk

The new Hulk 4x4 armored vehicle will join the family of combat vehicles Hurricane, Shrek and Fiona manufactured by KrAZ. The new Hulk armored vehicle is based on the KrAZ-5233 off-road truck chassis. The difference between Hulk and Shrek is in absence of frame. The Hulk APC features a monocoque-type armored design for the crew compartment. The gross vehicle weight has been reduced to 16 tonnes (from 18 tonnes of Shrek). The Hulk has a new design to improve ergonomics and performance. The Hulk uses V-shaped hull technology to deflect upward directed blast. The vehicle provides a ballistic protection STANAG 4569 level 2 with armor plates designed to stop penetration of bullet emitted from any shooting angle. Moreover, bullet penetration after ricochet has been minimized.

 The new Hulk 4x4 armored personnel carrier designed and manufactured by the Ukrainian Company KrAZ located in Kremenchug (Poltava region).

The Hulk has a mine protection STANAG 4569 level 2a and 2b, landmine explosion (6 kg of TNT) under any wheel or bottom. All the glasses are laminated, bulletproof, inner layer is made of double polycarbonate. The Hulk is motorized with a turbocharged engine developing 310 hp. The vehicle can run at maximum road speed of 90 km/h. The engine ensures high performance at extreme temperatures ranging from - 45 to + 450C. The engine is coupled to a manual 9-speed transmission. The Hulk can carried a total of 12 military personnel including driver and commander. 

 Inside view of the KrAZ Hulk 4x4 armored personnel carrier
 
The KrAZ-Hulk is multipurpose armored off road MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle used for carrying personnel, various cargoes and equipment over all kinds of roads and off roads and fire support. It is provided with advanced weapons and active and passive protective measures.

Ukrainian diaspora in Canada hands over ten kits of communication equipment to ATO fighters

December 11, 2017 (Ukrinfform) The Ukrainian diaspora in Canada purchased and handed over ten kits of communication equipment to the soldiers in the ATO zone. Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Spokesperson for ATO issues Oleksandr Motuzianyk said this at a briefing, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. "The Ukrainian diaspora in Canada has supported our soldiers, who carry out combat missions in the east, and purchased and handed over ten kits of communication equipment," the spokesman said.