Monday, August 13, 2018

Sweden to Russia: Release Hunger-Striking Ukraine Filmmaker

August 9, 2018 ( Sweden is calling on Russia to release a Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov. Margot Wallström, Swedish Foreign Minister, wrote on August 9, 2018 on Twitter:” Deeply concerning reports on Oleg Sentsov’s deteriorating health condition. His detention violates international law and is based on a legal process which did not meet elementary standards of justice. We call on Russia to release him & other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens.”

Ukrainian filmmaker and writer Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike since 14 May 2018, is reportedly in a critical condition. According to his lawyer, who visited him in prison on 7 August 2018, Oleg Sentsov has a low haemoglobin level, resulting in anaemia and a slow heartbeat, and has lost 30 kilogrammes. He is refusing to be transferred to a civilian hospital as he is too weak to stand and says that medical staff there have previously been hostile towards him.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

U.S. F-15 fighter jets to take part in largest Ukrainian aviation exercise

August 12, 2018 (The Defence Blogg) Head of the Press Center of Ukraine’s Air Force, Roman Yurchilo has confirmed the participation U.S. troops in the upcoming Clear Sky 2018 multinational military exercise in Ukraine. Ukraine this year will hold the largest multinational aviation exercise since its independence. The Clear Sky 2018 exercise scheduled to be held in mid-October for two weeks. The countries participating this year will include Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Denmark, the UK, France, Estonia and the United States.
U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles at Yokota Air Base
U.S. Air Forces officials did not comment on participating in the exercise, although reports that almost 10 aircraft of different types will take part in Clear Sky 2018 multinational military exercise in Ukraine. The US involvement will include F-15 Eagle tactical fighter aircraft, C-130 military transport aircraft, KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft and even MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Clear Sky 2018 multinational military exercise focuses on stability operations and helps promote interoperability among the partner militaries of Ukraine and the United States as well as its NATO allies. From the Ukrainian side, the exercises will be attended by about 20 combat aircraft of various types, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Together with Ukrainian and American pilots, tasks in the sky will be performed by their Polish and Romanian colleagues on F-16C aircraft.
According to the idea of the organizers, the Clean Sky-2018 international exercise will contribute to security in Eastern Europe and will allow to raise the level of training of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to fulfill tactical tasks in the allies environment, to achieve a fundamentally new and qualitative level of compatibility with the air forces of the US Armed Forces and other NATO member countries during joint air operations to ensure protection of sovereignty. The exercise will be conducted amid heightened tensions with Moscow, which views any NATO military activities along its border negatively.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Unvarnished truth about Ukrainain railroads

General information about railway transport (cited from the site of the Ministry of the Infrastructure of Ukraine): "......Railway transport of Ukraine is the leading branch in the road transport of the country, provides 82% of freight and about 50% of passenger transportations carried out by all types of transport. In terms of cargo traffic, Ukraine's railway is the fourth on the Eurasian continent after China, Russia and India railways...."
But what we have in reality? The video below shows the way things now stand with the lever of service that Ukrainain railroads give to ordinary people. On one hand you feel the pain, but on other hand you feel that the resourcefulness of our people is unlimited!

To see this video just click on follow link: