Monday, November 20, 2017

Would you like to look at the fortress of Poltava of early 18th century through the eyes of Charles XII of Sweden?

November 20, 2017 The opening ceremony for the artist Viktor Babenko's personal exhibition has taken place in Poltava art gallery a few days ago. Viktor is a talented artist, teacher and historian. He works at Poltava National Pedagogical University and explores the history of culture, religion, culturology, history of Poltava region.
That is why many of his paintings shown at the exhibition were inspired by old myths, legends, chronicles etc. You may browse many of his paintings at his personal page:

I would like to draw your attention to the one of Viktor Babenko’s works that involved the big interest of visitors of an exhibition.
This painting was created by the master after studying the history of the Poltava fortress. Some information about the fortress, its fortifications and bastions I found in the diary written by Swedish fenrik Robert Petre and passed on to the artist.
I sincere believe that in the future this painting by Viktor Babenko will enrich the collection of the museum of the Battle of Poltava.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Russia seeks to fence off occupied Crimea from Ukraine before July 2018

November 17, 2017 (UNIAN News Agency) The Russian government plans to complete before July 2018 the construction of barrier structures along the de-facto border of annexed Crimea with Ukraine. According to the Federal Security Service (FSB) unit on the illegally-annexed peninsula, the fence will be some 50 km long, while construction works are set to be completed by July 2018, Russian news agency TASS reports. Occupation authorities claim that with this move, they intend to "ensure security" on the peninsula. The project will cost the Russian Federation over RUB 200 million.

Sweden wants to train Ukrainian military - Poltorak

November 16, 2017 (Ukrinform) The Swedish Defense Ministry has expressed its intention to join the process of training Ukrainian servicemen. Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said this in an interview with Ukrinform after a meeting with Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist in Vancouver.
"Sweden expressed its intention to consider next year the possibility of participation of its servicemen in the training of our military," said Poltorak. He added that the Swedish defense minister would pay a visit to Ukraine at the beginning of next year "to make a final decision on this matter."
As reported, the UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial conference took place in Vancouver, Canada, this week. Over 40 defense ministers attended the conference.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ukrainian main battle tank T-84

The T-84 is a Ukrainian main battle tank (MBT), a development of the Soviet T-80 main battle tank. It was first built in 1994 and entered service in the Ukrainian Armed Forces in 1999. The T-84 is based on the diesel-engined T-80 version, the T-80UD. Its high-performance opposed-piston engine makes it one of the fastest MBTs in the world, with a power-to-weight ratio of about 26 horsepower per tonne (19 kW/t). The T-84 Oplot is an advanced version incorporating an armored ammunition compartment in a new turret bustle; ten of these entered Ukrainian service in 2001. The T-84-120 Yatagan is a prototype model intended for export, mounting a 120 mm gun capable of firing standard NATO ammunition and guided missiles.
The Oplot MBT is armed with a 125 mm smoothbore KBA-3 cannon, a KT-7.62 (PKT) Coaxial machine gun and a KT-12.7 anti-aircraft machine gun. The main gun is fed by a loading system equipped with conveyor, automatic loader and control system. The ammunition includes high explosive fragmentation (HE-FRAG), armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding-sabot (APFSDS), high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) and gun mount (GM) rounds.
The main gun can also fire a laser guided missile against battle tanks, armored vehicles and hovering helicopters within the range of 5,000m. The missile can be fired on the move against travelling targets. The tandem warhead fitted on the missile can defeat targets equipped with explosive reactive armor and advanced spaced armor.
The Oplot has 46 rounds of ammunition for the main gun, of which 28 rounds are placed in the automatic loader. Other ammunition types carried are 1,250 rounds for KT-7.62 machine gun, 450 rounds for KT-12.7 machine gun and 450 rounds for AKS submachine gun.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


November 8, 2017 (Ukroboronservice) The mobile mortar complex Bars-8MMK, developed by UKROBORONPROM SE "Ukroboronservice", demonstrated its capabilities at the international exhibition "Arms and Security 2017". "Bars-8MMK", equipped with 120-mm mortar, is intended for ground units fire support under conditions of modern maneuvering war. It takes only 30 seconds to bring the complex to combat readiness condition, and in 20 seconds after the last shot to leave the position. During the exhibition, all components of the complex were demonstrated, UOP press service captured all of those. The mobility and efficiency of conducting fire are the most important conditions for effective combat operations in the context of a modern counter-battery battle, when it is necessary to leave the position before the enemy’s response strike. "Bars-8MMK" is integrated into information exchange system on the battlefield, when mobile mortar complex gets the exact coordinates of the enemy in real time.
This information can simultaneously come from drones, counterbattery radar, as well as other surveillance systems. This allows the soldiers come out to firing position, open precise fire and leave the position in a matter of minutes. The International Specialized Exhibition "Arms and Security-2017" is held 10-13 October at the International Exhibition Center in Kyiv.
The State Concern UKROBORONPROM (UOP) for the first time represents advanced developments of the Ukrainian defense-industrial complex at the international exhibition of armament AUSA (Association of the US Army) in Washington. Participation in this expo is another UOP step towards integration of Ukrainian MIC to Euro-Atlantic region and international cooperation.