Monday, April 6, 2020

Ukrainian military shoot down invaders’ drone worth $2 mln

April 6, 2020 (UKRINFORM) Ukrainian soldiers holding the line in Svitlodarsk direction, Donetsk region, shot down a Russian-made drone, which belonged to invaders, worth about $2 million. The Joint Forces Operation Headquarters specified that the Bird-Eye 400 drone manufactured in Russia since 2012 had been shot down.
"This fact once again confirms the direct participation of the Russian Armed Forces in the war in eastern Ukraine," the JFO Headquarters noted. The drone was handed over to the experts of special units for studying data on the storage medium.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Ukrainian startup to 3D print parts for ventilators used for COVID-19 patients

March 31, 2020 (KyivPost) Ukrainian startup Revel Laboratory is developing a model to 3D-print valves for ventilators used to support the novel coronavirus patients, who are physically unable to breathe. The company was inspired by their counterparts in Italy, Isinnova startup that produces valves that allow connecting two patients to a ventilator at the same time. Now that COVID-19 started spreading throughout Ukraine, Revel Laboratory is hoping to produce such life-saving machine parts for local hospitals. “We try to help as much as we can,” the company’s co-founders Davyd Stavnitser and Ivan Chebotaev told the Kyiv Post.
Medical workers stand outside of the infection disease department of the Oleksandrivska Clinical Hospital on March 16, 2020, in Kyiv. Photo by Oleg Petrasiuk

The governments of countries hit by the coronavirus pandemic see a shortage of ventilators all over the world, while their lasting production struggles to meet the demand. There are about 600 ventilators in Ukraine and the local officials say that the supply is sufficient. However, if Ukraine faces an outbreak nearly as close as the one in Italy, where over 41,000 people got COVID-19 infection and 3,400 of whom died, the country might need more of those machines. Ukraine remains among the European countries with the smallest number of coronavirus cases, however, the infection’s spread has been ramping up lately. The country now has 26 confirmed cases, three of which were fatal, while one patient recovered. Globally, COVID-19 has been registered in over 255,000 people and killed over 10,500.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Here’s what Kyiv looks like under quarantine

March 28, 2020 (KyivPost) You probably have never seen Kyiv’s most popular tourist spots this empty. The official number of COVID-19 cases in Ukraine has risen to 226, and most Kyivans are staying home to prevent the spread of the virus. But the few who venture out have the chance to enjoy the city without the usual crowds. Just be sure to maintain social distancing!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Ukrainian aircraft "Mriya" makes first flight after repair, modernization

March 27, 2020 (korrespondent.net) The world's largest and most powerful AN-225 Mriya transport aircraft has undergone modernization and test flights near its aerodrome at Gostomel near Kyiv. An-225 performs test flights after modernization. In particular, a new control system for the engine unit of Ukrainian production was installed, ”the company "Antonov" said in a tweet. The video of the test flight is available at


Ukraine's confirmed coronavirus cases increase to 218 on March 27

March 27, 2020 (UNIAN) There are now 218 confirmed cases of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus in Ukraine, an increase from the 156 reported early on March 26. "In the past 24 hours, 62 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total number to 218, including five deaths," Ukraine's Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko said on Tuesday afternoon, according to a UNIAN correspondent. According to Liashko, Vinnytsia region confirmed 5 cases, Chernivtsi region 47 (1 death), the city of Kyiv 47, Kyiv region 32, Ivano-Frankivsk region 24 (2 deaths), Ternopil region 25 (1 death), Zaporizhia region 8, Zakarpattia region 1, Odesa region 4, Volyn region 2, Dnipropetrovsk region 3, Zhytomyr region 2 (1 death), Lviv region 3, Rivne region 9, Cherkasy region and Donetsk region 2 each, Luhansk region and Kherson region 1 each.
 Four coronavirus patients have already recovered. "As of today, there are four persons who have recovered from the coronavirus; all are in the Chernivtsi region – three adults and one child. The fifth recovered patient is to be discharged today – we will have an update by the end of the day," Liashko said. As UNIAN reported earlier, there were 156 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ukraine as of Thursday morning; this figure grew to 196 as of Thursday evening. Of them, five cases were fatal. One patient recovered and was discharged from the hospital. 

As about Poltava, our city authorities currently are discussing the possibility to close the city for the entry and exit of all vehicles except food, police cars, and ambulances if the state of national emergency is declared in the country. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Unique pics taken on Poltava Trial of 1947

The Poltava Trial was a war crimes trial held in front of a Soviet military tribunal in November 1947 in Poltava, Soviet Union. Defendants included German military, police, and 3rd SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf" personnel responsible for implementing the occupational policies during the German-Soviet War of 1941–45. Units of the German Wehrmacht first occupied Kharkiv on 18 September 1941. Four Abwehr reconnaissance school were deployed in Poltava in 1941-1943. The fact that in the summer of 1942 Admiral Canaris, the chief of the Abwehr, the German military intelligence service, visited Poltava was a proof of the importance of these schools for GermansGerman forces, including the Einsatzgruppen (mobile death squads), killed tens of thousands of Jews, as well as Communists, Soviet prisoners of war, and other "undesirables". Shooting, hanging, and gas vans were used. Without a doubt, the main accused at the Poltava trial was the last commander of the 3rd SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf", Major General Hellmuth Becker.  He was sentenced to 25 years of forced labor for war crimes. 

Brigadeführer SS Helmuth Becker

While serving his sentence, Becker "tried his jailers' patience" by attempting to manufacture explosives, leading to his retrial. "The personification of the brutal Landsknechts who formed the high-ranking officers of the Waffen-SS", he was convicted and executed in February 1953 in the prison camp No. 337 located in Sverdlovsk. A few rare pics taken in Poltava during the trial were found recently in some private archives. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Russia deploying coronavirus disinformation to sow panic in West, EU document says

March 18, 2020 (UNIAN) A specialist EU database has recorded almost 80 cases of disinformation about coronavirus since January 22. Russian media have deployed a "significant disinformation campaign" against the West to worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate panic and sow distrust, according to a European Union document. Russian media have deployed a "significant disinformation campaign" against the West to worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate panic and sow distrust, according to a European Union document. Pushing fake news online in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French, the Russian campaign uses contradictory, confusing and malicious reports to make it harder for the EU to communicate its response to the pandemic, said the report seen by Reuters. The Kremlin denied the allegations on Wednesday, saying they were unfounded and lacked common sense. "A significant disinformation campaign by Russian state media and pro-Kremlin outlets regarding COVID-19 is ongoing," said the nine-page internal document produced by the European External Action Service (EEAS), dated March 16. "The overarching aim of Kremlin disinformation is to aggravate the public health crisis in Western countries ... in line with the Kremlin's broader strategy of attempting to subvert European societies." A specialist EU database has recorded almost 80 cases of disinformation about coronavirus since January 22, it said. The EU document cited examples from Lithuania to Ukraine. It said that on social media, Russian state-funded Spanish-language RT Spanish was the 12th most popular news source on coronavirus between January and mid-March, based on the amount of news shared on social media.
The EEAS declined to comment directly on the report, but a spokesman said the EU was in contact with Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft "to discuss the spread of disinformation around the outbreak of COVID-19." The EU and NATO have accused Russia of covert action, including disinformation, to try to destabilize the West by exploiting divisions in society. "Pro-Kremlin disinformation messages advance a narrative that coronavirus is a human creation, weaponized by the West," said the report, first cited by the Financial Times. It quoted fake news created by Russia in Italy, the second-most heavily affected country in the world, that health systems would be unable to cope and doctors would choose who lived or died because of a lack of beds. The EEAS has also shared information with Slovakia over the spread of fake news accusing the country's prime minister, Peter Pellegrini, of being infected with the virus and saying he may have passed on the infection to others at recent summits. EU leaders have been conferring by videoconferences since early March.