Sunday, December 10, 2017

The history of Chumak Company

History of some global companies is more like an exciting adventure than the pallid economical statistics. Books on such companies are in great demand as detective stories. Chumak stands a good chance for being entered into business and history textbooks as an example of bright and innovative decisions leading the Company to accomplishments and success.

The Beginning. When founders of the Chumak Company, young Swedish businessmen Johan Boden and Carl Sturen, came to Ukraine for the first time in 1993, they were 21 and 19 years old only. Both were engaged into the family vegetable production business in Sweden. It happened that a cucumber crop was lost in Estonia that year; so they had to look for replacement for the lost supplies in other states. After coming to Ukraine, they saw that the state offered much than a mere replenishment for the lost crops. They have found the new platform for establishment of their own company.
Swedish businessmen Johan Boden and Carl Sturen - founders of the Chumak Company
Johan and Carl returned in Ukraine in order to find a suitable site for the future production facilities. They traveled throughout the state and visited 32 factories before finally choosing the Kakhovka plant in Kherson region. In 1995, Johan and Carl realized the necessity of building their own production facilities. When looking for investors, they got support and understanding from Professor Hans Rausing — the founder of the Tetra Pak Company, the leading producer of food packaging.

Their first meeting yielded in the fruitful partnership, especially because Professor Rausing had sympathy towards Russia and Ukraine: he used to study the Russian language and launched his first business in the former USSR. Initially, Kahovka had fields with overripe cucumbers and the depreciated tinned food factory only. Young businessmen had to build the company and production facilities “from the scratch” — and they managed to do it. The original name of the Company was South Food, Inc. — it was the joint venture of the Swedish partners and the State Property Fund (SPF) of Ukraine.

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Sweden is ready to send its peacekeepers to the Donbas

December 10, 2017 ( The Minister of foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot Wallström after a meeting with his American colleague Rex Tillerson in Vienna said that the Swedish military would be willing to participate in the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbass. According to TASS, Wallström said that if it takes place, for Sweden it will be of great value. “Currently, the problem is the position of Russia. We believe that such a force needs to cover the whole area of conflict,” she said.

President Poroshenko: Forty military ambulances sent to eastern Ukraine

December 10, 2017 (  Ukrinform) Forty military ambulances, received from the United States, have been sent today to the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area in eastern Ukraine. "Forty military ambulances, which save the lives of Ukrainian soldiers, have been sent to the ATO area. From the very first day they will work for the Ukrainian army, Ukrainian soldiers,"
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko wrote this on his Facebook page. On the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on December 6, President Poroshenko handed over the certificates for 40 military ambulances, which had been provided to Ukraine by the United States, to the Ukrainian soldiers. U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch stressed that the United States supported Ukraine in protecting its sovereignty and noted that 40 state-of-the-art military ambulances, equipped for providing medical assistance, would increase the level of response and readiness.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon—And Worst Nightmare

Most probably you will find interesting this fascinating Kevin Poulsen's  (@kpoulsen) story about Ukrainian hacker Maxim Popov and his relationship with FBI.

One Thursday in January 2001, Maksym Popov, a 20-year-old Ukrainian man, walked nervously through the doors of the United States embassy in London. While Popov could have been mistaken for an exchange student applying for a visa, in truth he was a hacker, part of an Eastern European gang that had been raiding US companies and carrying out extortion and fraud. A wave of such attacks was portending a new kind of cold war, between the US and organized criminals in the former Soviet bloc, and Popov, baby-faced and pudgy, with glasses and a crew cut, was about to become the conflict’s first defector......

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Friday, December 8, 2017

What exactly is being produced in Ukraine today, what does the army still need, and how much of this can be provided by the domestic defense industry?

December 8, 2017 (The Ukrainian Week) Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine is into its fourth year now, costing, in addition to human suffering, 4% of the country’s territory and 20% of its heavy industry, especially strategically important enterprises that produced ammunition, military devices, weapon guidance systems, and so on, that were located in Crimea and occupied Donbas.
All this time, Ukraine has had to rely on itself alone, since the bizarre - not to put it more strongly - licy of the West towards the aggressor has also restricted Ukraine’s ability to acquire weapons and military equipment. Indeed, those restrictions remain in place to this day. And so, on one hand, Ukraine had to provide armament and military equipment for its fighting forces, and, on the other, to develop promising models of weapons, find a way to substitute imports that used to be supplied by Russia, and at the same time to reform its entire military-industrial complex (MIC).

At this point, there have been some clear successes in these areas, alongside the revival of Ukraine’s armed forces. Certainly, there remain unresolved problems, but Ukraine’s army has everything it needs to fight off the enemy.
Over September and October, a series of international arms exhibitions and conferences took place in Poland and Ukraine, including the XIV International “Arms and Security 2017” Show and the V International Conference on “The Challenge of Coordinating Military Technical and Defense Industry Policy in Ukraine. Prospects for developing armaments and military technology,” held October 10-13 in Kyiv. A closer look at Ukraine’s defense products presented at these events, the conference materials on current issues in re-equipping the military, and military technology cooperation with foreign partners in Ukraine offers a number of conclusions. Given the uncertainty over US promises to supply weapons such as Javelin anti-tank units, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry plans to increase the purchase of Ukrainian-made Stugna and Corsar anti-tank guided missile systems, as well as BTR - 4Es and Oplot tanks.
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