Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Верховный суд России принял решение увеличить срок лишения свободы крымскому татарину Руслану Зейтуллаеву с 12 до 15 лет. Зейтуллаев осуждён по обвинению в создании террористической организации и осуществлении террористической деятельности на территории Автономной Республики Крым.

В сентябре прошлого года российский суд признал Руслана Зейтуллаева виновным в участии в террористическом сообществе и осудил его на семь лет лишения свободы. Впоследствии российская прокуратура обжаловала это решение в Верховном суде России, настаивая, чтобы Зейтуллаева признали не участником, а организатором террористической группы.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Economic indicators: trade

By Vladimir V. Sytin

The export turnover of Ukrainian goods amounted to $17,242.1 million and the volume of import to $18,572.2 million in January-May, a 25.9% and 28.6% increase respectively from the same period of 2016. The unfavorable foreign trade balance worked out to $1,330.1 million, compared with $745 million in January-May 2016.

Export to the European Union rose by 25.2%, compared with January-May 2016. Within the period under review export to Byelorussia and Russia rose by 44.7% and 33.2% respectively.

According to James Rickards, editor of the Strategic Intelligence newsletter, Russia is the 12th largest economy in the world, is one of the three largest energy producers, has abundant natural resources other than oil, has advanced weapons and space technologies. President Vladimir Putin remains the geopolitical chess master he has always been. His long game involves the accumulation of gold, development of alternative payments systems, and the ultimate demise of the dollar as the dominant global reserve currency. As far as Ukrainian-Russian trade and economic ties are concerned, The New York Times once noted that there has never been a country in world history, which wrecked relations with its main, nation-state, trading partner and prospered from it.

A retail trade turnover increased by 7.3% to 362.6 billion grivnas in Ukraine in January-June, compared with the same period last year. The turnover of enterprises of wholesale trade rose by 1.5% to 857.7 billion grn in January-June, compared with a year-earlier period.

Monday, August 14, 2017


В сложных погодных условиях украинский пилот Александр Акопов посадил аварийный самолёт в аэропорту Стамбула. Профессиональные действия Александра Акопова, который работает пилотом на рейсах турецкой компании Atlasglobal, спасли жизнь 121 пассажира и шестерых членов экипажа.

Самолёт Airbus A320 компании Atlasglobal, пилотом которого был Александр Акопов, следовал по маршруту Стамбул-Эрджан (Северный Кипр) и на высоте более тысячи метров попал в грозу. Сильный град повредил носовую часть самолёта и стекло в кабине пилотов. Экипаж принял решение срочно вернуться в аэропорт Стамбула. Капитану пришлось сажать самолёт почти вслепую, пытаясь разглядеть взлётно-посадочную полосу через боковую створку кабины. По словам очевидцев, когда Александр Акопов совершил экстремальную посадку, ему аплодировал весь аэропорт, а пилоты других самолётов подходили, чтобы пожать ему руку.

Александр Акопов сказал, что летает уже 30 лет. Ведущие турецкие СМИ написали об украинском пилоте, отметив, что он прошёл лучшую лётную школу Советского Союза, налетав 13 908 часов.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Athens anticipates fresh surge of refugees by winter

According to the Greek Coordination Center for the Management of the Refugee Crisis, every day about 100 refugees from Washington's wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya are coming to Greece. Data from the center show that 9,400 people have entered Greece this year alone, compared with 173,450 refugees and migrants who flowed into the country in 2016.

After registration and obtaining documents, many of them are hoping to reach West European countries where they expect to find an earthly paradise with huge social benefits.

At present, more than 62,000 asylum seekers still stay in Greece. Local authorities take great pains to accommodate refugees and migrants in transit centers lest they should scare away rich tourists who would fill Greece's coffers to a great extent. Most of them, 6,237 asylum seekers, have been accommodated on the island of Lesbos and 2,018 on Chios while continental Greece gave refuge to over 47,500 people. The largest makeshift refugee camps were pitched in Athens and nearby districts, as well as on the Greek-Macedonian border near the tiny village of Idomeni.

The Greek migration ministry stated that the influx of migrants stabilized by July with about 2,000 refugee arrivals in May and June. However, Greek authorities anticipate a fresh surge of asylum seekers arriving in the country by winter. Without the influx of funds from the European Union, it would be increasingly difficult for Athens to maintain the unbidden guests who beg for alms, commit theft to survive and raid vegetable farms.

Paul Craig Roberts, chairman of the Institute for Political Economy, wrote that the American state murderous rampage through the Middle East and North Africa was enabled by the Europeans who provided diplomatic and military cover for Washington's war crimes. Today the Europeans are suffering the consequences as they are overrun by refugees.

It is worth noting too that the total budget of the U.S. military/security complex has been estimated at $1.1 trillion, a figure that is 70% of Russia's estimated 2017 GDP. There are 195 countries in the world. Only 14 of them have the GDP larger than the budget of the U.S. military/security complex.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Three years later, DTEK Energy still endures costs of the coup

By Vladimir V. Sytin

Recently, a Panamax-sized ship has arrived at the commercial seaport Yuzhny in the Odessa region from the South African Republic to supply Pridneprovskaya and Krivoy Rog thermal power plants with 75,000 tons of anthracite. Both plants belong to DTEK Energy B.V.

According to Yuzhny acting director Vitaliy Zhukovskiy, plans are afoot to unload hard coal from six more ships this year. DTEK Energy has contracted to buy 675,000 tons of coal from South African partners by this year-end with the possibility of increasing supplies to one million tons.

The Integrated Power Grid of Ukraine consumes 24 million tons of coal annually, including nine million tons of anthracite. At present, hard coal deposits are located in the Donetsk People's Republic. So DTEK has to import hard coal from far-distant countries in order to bridge its shortage.

The Poroshenko regime wants coal deposits of the Donbas region but cannot get them, despite dispatching the U.S. trained and supplied Ukrainian army. Paul Craig Roberts, chairman of the Institute for Political Economy, wrote that while the Russians were focused on the Sochi Olympic Games, Washington staged a coup in Ukraine, replacing the elected democratic government with a gang of Banderite neo-Nazi thugs whose forebears fought for Hitler in World War II. The United States claimed it had brought the so-called democracy to Ukraine by putting neo-Nazi thugs in control of the government. As assistant secretary of state, neoconservative Victoria Nuland once put it, Washington unleashed on the democratically elected government of Ukraine U.S.-financed NGOs in the amount of $5 billion.

The American analyst pointed out that Washington's thugs immediately began violent attacks on the Russian population in Ukraine. Soviet memorials were destroyed and the Russian language was declared banned from official use.

Instantly, separatist movements began in the Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine that had been administratively attached to this country by Soviet leaders. Crimea, a Russian province since the 1700s, voted overwhelmingly to separate from Ukraine and requested to be reunited with Russia. The same occurred in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Недавно возле села Бучак Каневского района Черкасской области археологи обнаружили останки двух погибших бойцов 206-й стрелковой дивизии Красной армии, чьи тела не были похоронены в своё время. Это подтверждает архивную информацию, что на территории, отведённой под строительство Каневской гидроаккумулирующей электростанции, есть места гибели солдат времён Великой Отечественной войны 1941-1945 годов.

Пока что удалось обследовать сравнительно небольшой участок и опросить только часть очевидцев. Однако археологи собрали много информации о подразделениях, которые там воевали с нацистами.

Поисковикам удалось перезахоронить в Каневе останки 18 героических защитников города, которые погибли в августе 1941 года. Двух из них идентифицировали: один солдат был родом из Полтавской области, а родственники другого давно живут за рубежом. Родственники ещё трёх идентифицированных бойцов согласились похоронить их на родине - в Киевской и Полтавской областях.

В 1941-м и 1943-1944 годах 80% советских пехотинцев были из местных жителей. Об этом свидетельствуют списки потерь.

С 2000 года местные археологи нашли почти четыре тысячи останков солдат обоих воюющих сторон, из них - 200 советских бойцов. Захоронения красноармейцев исследовали, в основном, в Киевской и Черкасской областях.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

UDP, Donau Touristik seal charter deal

The Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company (UDP) has signed a charter party with the company Donau Touristik of Austria for the commercial lease of the motor ship Volga in 2018. In particular, the cruiser will go on seven-day voyages routing Passau-Budapest-Passau and Passau-Vienna-Passau from mid June to the end of next year. Interestingly, the voyages are designed for bicycle tourists who are expected to follow scenic biking routes in each city while Volga will wait for them, riding at anchor.

The Telegraph notes that the Danube is a fabulously long river. Rising in Germany’s Black Forest, it sloshes eastwards through a total of 10 countries, before flushing into the Black Sea 1,700 miles later. On the way it ticks off a set of cities such as Budapest and Vienna tourists really should get around to visiting one day. Only the Russia's Volga, at 2,300 miles long, beats the Danube as far as European rivers are concerned.