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.

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.

The full story of Chumak Company and its Swedish founders is available at:

Sweden is ready to send its peacekeepers to the Donbas

December 10, 2017 (the-newspapers.com) 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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