Thursday, November 23, 2017

U.S. company already sells lethal weapons to Ukraine

November 23, 2017 (The Voice of America) Texas-based AirTronic USA, Inc., an electromechanical engineering design and manufacturing company, has been shipping lethal weapons, namely shoulder-fired rocket launchers, to Ukraine since 2016, according to journalists of Voice of America (VoA). President and Chief Operating Officer at AirTronic USA Richard Vandiver says that his company began cooperation with Ukraine two years ago, and first batches of Precision Shoulder-fired Rocket Launchers (PSRLs) were shipped to Ukraine in 2016, VoA said. The PSRL is a U.S.-manufactured advanced version of the Soviet-developed RPG-7.

Vandiver says that PSRL shipments continue in "very close coordination" with the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, the U.S. Department of State, the Pentagon, and the Ukrainian government, yet he declines to disclose details. The private arms manufacturer also said it had not been easy to obtain a DSP-5 export license from the U.S. Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, as the supplies should be in line with the Minsk 2 peace agreement on Donbas.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Poland to deploy U.S. Patriot missile systems from U.S. in 2019, - Antoni Macierewicz

November 22, 2017 (Polskie Radio) Polish leadership is going to deploy first Patriot missile systems from the U.S. within next two years on the territory of the country. Polskie Radio reported that citing Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz. According to the Minister, this is the earliest practicable date which results from negotiations of Poland with Raytheon company on equipment supplies. The head of Polish Defense Ministry also referred to the Narew program – supplies of the short-range air defense system, up to 25 km. 

Apart from that, according to Macierewicz, the launch of the air defense system in the frameworks of Narew may be possible in 2021 – 2022, i.e. earlier than it was planned to. In its turn, the supply of the first Patriot complexes is the result of the speed-up in negotiation with American Administration and support of Donald Trump. According to the Memorandum signed in July, the missile systems supplies shall be performed in two stages. Within the first phase, Poland shall get four fire units – two batteries with 12 missiles in the latest modification available on the market. On the second state, Poland will get SkyCeptor missile systems.

Russian tanks cross non-controlled Ukrainian border, enter Luhansk

November 21, 2017 (112 International) Russia-made armoured vehicles crossed the militant-held section of Ukraine’s state border late night Nov. 21 and entered Luhansk; it took place on Krasnodon district of Luhansk region, where Ukraine’s border guards have no access to the border line.

Users of social networks uploaded videos with Russian tanks on the city’s streets on Tuesday – the same day when well-armed masked fighters appeared in Luhansk.
Given the unstable situation in Luhansk, President Petro Poroshenko called the urgent session of the National Security and Defence Council. ‘The Ukrainian Armed Forces are ready for any scenario and ready to protect peaceful civilians – in the view of the growing number of Russian troops and the recent activity of pro-Kremlin mercenaries,’ he said.  
As 112 International reported, Interior Ministry of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic claimed detention of Ukrainian saboteurs; they allegedly ‘infiltrated the territory of the LPR and planned terrorist acts’ there.
However, it appeared to be a serious internal face-off: local users of social networks reported presence of well-armed men without insignia in the downtown Luhansk; “the little green men” they name them – after the Russian troops, which annexed Ukrainian Crimea in 2014. The ‘guests’ arrived and occupied the city center so fast many locals did not even understand what was going on. Some even assumed these could be the disguised ‘Ukrainian troops’.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ukraine and the UAE agreed to production of aircraft

November 21, 2017 (Ukrop News 24) Two Antonov airplanes: An-132D and AN−70  were exhibited at the Dubai Air Show on November 12-16, 2017. The Antonov An-132 is an improved version of the Antonov An-32 twin-engined turboprop military transport aircraft being developed jointly by Saudi Arabia and Ukraine.

The Antonov An-70 is a four-engine medium-range transport aircraft, and the first aircraft to take flight powered only by propfan engines. Antonov State Company has agreed with the United Arab Emirates on cooperation in the production of aircraft An-132 and An-70. An-132D is the first Antonov plane without Russian components. Besides Antonov has agreed with partners from the UAE on the supply of components, and training of technical staff.

U.S. Oriole Capital Group will invest $150million in the development of production of multi-purpose An-74 transport aircraft with a maximum carrying capacity of 10 tons. Within the framework of the agreement, the Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Company will receive $150 million order for the production of An-74 modifications. Oriole Capital Group LLC was established in June 2017. According to the company's website, its main specialization is investing and supporting innovative aviation projects all over the world.

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.