Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hayden Panettiere joins fiancé Wladimir Klitschko in Ukraine protests

Hayden Panettiere has joined the demonstrations in Ukraine.
The 24-year-old actress shared a photo of herself protesting in Kiev, Ukraine, alongside her Ukrainan boxer fiancé Wladimir Klitschko.
Klitschko's brother is opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, and the "Nashville" actress is there to support her beau's family and their country.
"Amazing watching #WladimirKlitschko personally connect with the Ukrainian demonstrators," Panettiere tweeted on Dec. 8.
She then shared the pic with her husband-to-be, captioning it, "#frontlines #Ukraine."
A video of Panettiere addressing the crowd of protesters, who are there to challenge the Russian-leaning government, at the square in Kiev.
"The beauty of this country is breathtaking: the landscape, the beautiful churches. But nothing compares to the undeniably deep souls of the Ukrainian people," she said.
"There is a movement happening here and we have a chance to make things right, to make things just. You have a right to a democracy."
"Your struggles and your fight are not falling on deaf ears. You are being heard. The world will hear you," she continued to the people at the square in Kiev.
"And as an American, I want you to know that I stand by you, I support your fight, and I will support it until the country of Ukraine in its entirety reflects the beauty, the true beauty of the Ukrainian people. Keep fighting. I love you all."
A-list actor George Clooney has also shown his support for the movement in a video shared by Klitschko.
"You cannot have a democracy when you arrest and harm its peaceful protesters," the "Gravity" actor said in the clip that looked to be shot with an iPhone.
"You certainly cannot have a true democracy if you take political prisoners like (former Prime Minister Yulia) Tymoshenko, simply because you disagree with the way they want to govern. So let me just say this to all of you in the square in Kiev, or all around Ukraine: When you look to the West, know that we are looking back at you with great admiration."
"Thank you to George Clooney for lending your voice to the fight in #Ukraine !!! Now, let's turn up the volume!," Panettiere tweeted about the 53-year-old star.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Storming of #Euromaidan Kiev 11/12/2013 Video

Storming of #Euromaidan Kiev 11/12/2013 Video

Police storming #Maydan territory.
This Smoke Grenade   was used by storming Maydan.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Klitschko by use of hard Russian slang is backing crowd from the police. Video

Klitschko by use of hard Russian slang is backing crowd from the police. Video.
Klitschko in unusual situation.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Live from the Bankova

There is about 700 000 people on the Independence Square!!!

Building of Kyiv City Council is taken by protesters. #Euromaidan

Live from Kiev EuroMaidan

Vakarchuk's Clip for the song "Wall", dedicated Euromaydan (video)

In the clip, thousands of people fighting for a European choice.
Clip created by journalists of TV channel TBi.

FEMEN undressed in Kiev- Pechersk Lavra Church 01.12.2013 Photos

FEMEN undressed in Kiev- Pechersk Lavra Church in protest against beating activists of Euromaydan.
" Angel of Death appeared at the gates of the Kiev- Pechersk Lavra with a sickle in his hand and prophetic slogan on the body : " The dictatorship must die. "

First bloody harvest unleashed by Yanukovych  on November 30 by special forces  "Berkut" beat children and civilians on the Maidan in Kiev ".
We recall  on November 30  "Berkut" brutally beat up Evromaydan - campaign supporters of European integration at the Independence Square in Kiev.

Special forces simply beat up with batons and specialequipment protesters. As a result 35 people injured seven were hospitalized. Among the victims - two Polish citizens .

Thereafter, activists moved to Mikhailovsky Square . They were joined by thousands of Ukrainians . On the night of December 1, new Evromaydan withstood and met the morning with anthems of Ukraine.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Ukraine still welcome to sign EU deal: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Ukraine still has a chance to seek a trade pact with the European Union, but she had no hope it would happen this time.
Merkel said on Thursday that "the door was still open" for Kiev, despite the Ukrainian government's rejection of the EU deal to avoid pressure from Russia, which has been seeking to keep the former Soviet state within its sphere of influence.
The deal was expected to be signed later on Thursday in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius where EU leaders were holding a summit with countries of Eastern Europe and southern Caucasus.
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich flew into Vilnius in time for a dinner in honour of the Eastern Partnership, the EU's four-year-old outreach programme for former Soviet republics.
EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fuele said on Thursday Ukraine's decision to walk away from the agreement could imperil its future.
It was never a bazaar for billions. It was a question of giving Ukraine and the Ukrainian economy access to the largest integrated economic market in the world,
Carl Bildt, Swedish foreign minister
"The Ukrainian economy needs huge investments, but these are not costs. They represent future income, more growth, more jobs and more wealth," said Fuele, disputing Ukraine's estimates that upgrading its economic base to European standards would cost $20bn a year.
"The only costs that I can see are the costs of inaction allowing more stagnation of the economy and risking the economic future and health of the country," he told a business forum in Vilnius, adding the EU offer remained on the table.
'Candy in a pretty wrapper'
Yanukovich himself set the scene for a chilly reception by dismissing the EU's trade offer as "humiliating". The 600m euros ($800m), or so, of support on offer was "candy in a pretty wrapper", he said.
But his presence at the EU gathering - without signing the agreement - indicates he does not want to burn his bridges with the EU and leave his country's economic future solely to Russia, which wants Kiev to join a Moscow-led trade bloc. His government says the suspension of the EU deal marks only a "pause" in moves to integrate Ukraine into Europe's mainstream.
The EU side, however, said there was no readiness to enter into a geo-political bargaining game over Ukraine, likely a reference to possible increased financial aid.
"It was never a bazaar for billions. It was a question of giving Ukraine and the Ukrainian economy access to the largest integrated economic market in the world," said Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who warned that Yanukovich's decision to abandon the EU deal left it vulnerable to pressure.
It is not clear what Russian President Vladimir Putin did to get Yanukovich to shift position, but diplomats in Brussels, Kiev and Moscow have suggested Russia will give Ukraine a more favourable gas-supply deal and better terms on repaying 1.3bn euros of debt.
The EU will initial association agreements with two other ex-Soviet republics, Georgia and Moldova, putting them on track to sign formally in around a year. A visa agreement with Azerbaijan will also be signed.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Ghosts of Pripyat

The Ghosts of Pripyat by Steve Rothery.
Steve Rothery (born 25 November 1959) is an English guitarist and a founding member of the British rock band Marillion .
The Ghosts of Pripyat.
Pripyat  Ukrainian town administered directly from Kiev.
The city is also the setting for two missions in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare based around the main square and the amusement park, set after the disaster. Also the multiplayer maps "Bloc" and "Vacant" in the game take place in Pripyat. A small part of the city is seen briefly in a flashback in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and the multiplayer map "Fallen" takes place in Pripyat. Call of Duty: Black Ops features a map called "Grid", which takes place in Pripyat. A level in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and a multiplayer map called "Wasteland" takes place in Pripyat and near Chernobyl, respectively. 
After putting together an amazing band to play the Plovdiv guitar festival I've decided to finally record my long awaited solo album!

Wladimir Klitschko at the ceremony of International Emmy Awards

Yesterday in New York, the ceremony of International Emmy Awards, which visited  lot of stars, among whom was the Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko.
The Hilton 54-year-old Sean Bean is known for her roles in films such as "The Lord of the Rings" and "Game of Thrones" received the award for best actor.
His award that night also took Fernanda Montenegro, who won the best actress category.

Police in Ukraine used tear gas on demonstrators gathered near the Cabinet of Ministers Monday protesting the end of European Union trade talks, the BBC said.
Authorities blocked traffic along Hrushevsky Street near the government building as several hundred protesters clashed with police, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
Protesters hurled items at police and sprayed an unidentified gas as they called for the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azara's government.
The rallies began Friday in Kiev after the Ukrainian government backed down from the culmination of four years of free trade negotiations with the European Union.
They continued Sunday, when opposition leaders estimated some 100,000 people gathered in European Square in what was likely the largest public demonstration in Ukraine since the 2004 Orange Revolution.
Azarov said the cause of the abandoned EU agreements was the harsh terms set by the International Monetary Fund, but critics said the real reason was because Russia threatened to cut off gas supplies to the indebted country.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Fight with police in Kiev 24.11.2013

Fight with police in front of Cabinet Ministers in Kiev 24.11.2013

Ukraine risks financial meltdown after break with EU

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 22 -- Ukraine is risking a financial crisis of monumental scale by ditching the EU as it faces a cash crunch before imminent debt repayments, analysts said Friday.Ukraine received warnings from senior EU officials and the United States after it dropped its EU membership bid, European Observer said.
U.S. officials cited difficulties Ukraine could face obtaining credit from the International Monetary Fund after it snubbed the EU, said.
Ukraine's ties with the IMF are already fraught over recent mishaps, including a $15 billion line of credit that fell through. Renewed Ukrainian attempts to obtain IMF cash are aimed at securing a line of credit for $10 billion or more to enable Kiev to head off default on loan repayments.
Ukraine needs to make regular repayments on more than $60 billion of external debt.
Thousands of protesters in Kiev and other Ukrainian streets Friday pushed the argument Ukraine belongs in the EU, not in a Russian sphere. But the question of how Ukraine will make its debt repayments is more pressing than emotional pronouncements about the country's future outside the EU, analysts said.
If Ukraine fails to make loan repayments due it will face the risk of default and will be solely at the mercy of Russia for a financial bailout, analysts said.
The suspension of EU-Ukraine talks on an association deal -- a step toward full membership -- also means that a European loan, worth about $830 million, is likely to be put on hold, European Observer said.
Continuing street protests across Ukraine renewed risks of confrontation between demonstrators and police.
EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton said Ukraine's EU membership would have given the country international credibility and prepared it for international capital markets. It would also have helped Ukraine's negotiations with the IMF on a new standby credit arrangement, Ashton said.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki echoed the view that EU association would have reassured international financial institutions about the country's commitment to democratic reform.
An EU-Ukraine pact in preparation for EU membership for the country was due to be signed in Vilnius, Lithuania, next week.
Analysts said support still exists in Brussels for continuing to give Ukraine a lifeline to discourage it from signing a deal with Russia it could ill afford to reverse.
Political and trade links between Russia and Ukraine remain uneasy, mainly over delays in Ukrainian payments for gas. In 2009 Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine in a dispute over prices. The stoppage also affected supplies to EU member countries, causing fuel shortages across Europe in the middle of winter.
Protesters opposed to the suspension of links with Europe shouted "President Viktor Yanukovych -- enemy of the country." Opposition critics have accused Yanukovych of treason for going back on an EU deal.
Ukraine Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov said the decision was the result of economic pressures.
"The decision the government has made is based on economic reasons," he said. "It is of a tactical character and does not change our strategic objectives."
Under the EU association deal, Ukraine would have been required to release imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, an arch rival of Yanukovych and consistent critic of Moscow.
In a letter released from captivity, Tymoshenko warned Yanukovych "you are making the mistake of your life... You will remain one-on-one with Russia and you will have to live according to her road map. Later Russia will give you a choice: either it will save you from the social and economic collapse at the expense of the loss of independence or will not react at all."
EU diplomats interviewed by European media said Ukraine's move did not secure its position within the Russian sphere and made its future more uncertain. Ukrainian opposition says the country is ripe for another revolution, this time driven by social media, especially Twitter.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Doors are still open for Kiev

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 20  -- European Union Neighborhood Policy Commissioner Stefan Fule said Wednesday the door to the EU is open to Ukraine if it chooses to seize the"The EU's commitment to bring EU-Ukraine relations to a new quality, opening up new opportunities for the Ukrainian people, is firm," he said in a statement. "The door for such a qualitative step forward is open and we look forward to the government's implementation of its decision Sept. 18 to sign the association agreement in [Lithuania] on Nov. 29."
Fule said he met in Kiev with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to discuss Ukraine's efforts to move closer to the EU with an association agreement. The commissioner said he had assurances Ukrainian lawmakers would vote on new laws on elections, judicial reform and the medical treatment of prisoner's abroad during the Thursday session.
Lawmakers are mulling a bill that would release jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to Germany for health treatment. She was jailed in 2011 for helping securing a gas deal with Russia that's seen as unfavorable to Ukraine. The EU says her imprisonment is a case of selective justice. Tymoshenko lost to Yanukovych in 2010 elections.
Ukraine has passed more than a dozen measures aimed at meeting EU standards.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ukraine and France 2-0 in their World Cup qualifying play-off first leg in Kiev.

Ukraine and France 2-0 in their World Cup qualifying play-off first leg in Kiev.
"We are trying to keep our players away from the past. To know the reasons for those failures, you had to be there," Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko told reporters.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ukraine Can Win First Leg of Qualifiers

Ukraine and France will faceoff in one of the most hotly contested playoffs of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. The opening draw will take place in Kiev and there are a number of reasons to believe that the Ukrainians can pull off a huge victory against Les Bleues. Here are a few of them.
One of these two teams conceded four goals in 10 games; the other allowed six in eight. Guess which is which? Ukraine is actually the team that only conceded four goals in the entire tournament; only Spain (which played two fewer games) conceded less than the Ukrainians in the entire tournament. Consider the fact that this team contended with such nations as Montenegro, Poland and England and the statistic is even more impressive. France had to deal with Spain, but it faced lesser teams that included Belarus, Georgia and Finland; this was hardly a major challenge for Les Bleues.
Home Field Advantage
The Ukrainians were strong at home with three wins, one draw and one loss; the lone defeat came against Montenegro in 2012, but since then the team has not lost at home. More impressive is the fact that Ukraine only conceded two goals on its home turf but managed to shut out England and Poland in Kiev. This alone should give France some trouble on Friday.
Confidence and Momentum
Since losing against Montenegro in October 2012, Ukraine has not lost a single game in the Qualifiers. The team finished its run with a seven-game unbeaten streak and only finished one point behind England for the top spot in the group. This team is definitely feeling good about its chances and should manage a win on Friday.

“Ukrainian International Airlines” to implement two Kiev-Yerevan-Kiev flights daily.

The General Department of Civil Aviation of the Government of the Republic of Armenia began contacting the aviation authorities of different countries, informing about the open sky policy in the Armenia's air transfers. The Head of the General Department of Civil Aviation of the Government of the Republic of Armenia Artyom Movsisyan told  about it. “It has been nearly a month that we began working in that direction. On October 23 the open sky policy project was adopted and we began working with the aviation authorities of Israel, Iraq, Russia and Ukraine and informing them that we are going in the direction of the liberalized open sky policy”, - said Artyom Movsisyan.
The “Ukrainian International Airlines” has already made a step, offering to implement two Kiev-Yerevan-Kiev flights daily.
Liberalizing the air transfers and implementing the open sky policy, Armenia will create opportunities for the corresponding companies to create air companies in the country and organize regular flights. “The Government has already approved the program and corresponding events will be held according to the schedule. I think that the implementation of the program will take about a year and a half”, - said the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia Vahram Avanesyan. He stated that with the introduction of the abovementioned strategy the passenger transfers will grow by 20-25%, thus increasing the Gross Domestic Product by 10%. “We will have geographic expansion and reduction of prices”, - said the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia Vahram Avanesyan.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pavlo Lapshyn: Neo-Nazi who murdered grandfather driven to kill by far-right paramilitaries and racist Dynamo Kiev fans

The Neo-Nazi thug who killed a grandfather and bombed three mosques was driven to kill by far-right paramilitary groups and racist Dynamo Kiev fans, it has been revealed.
Pavlo Lapshyn had been in Britain for just five days when he murdered 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem by stabbing him in the back as he made his way home after Friday prayers.          
The 25 year-old white supremacist had moved to Birmingham where he had been awarded a placement to further his engineering studies.
Following his trial counter terrorism officers said that he had acted as a “lone wolf”.
But the Birmingham Mail has revealed how detectives found literature and images related to Ukrainian far-right group Patriot of Ukraine (PoU) and fascist Dynamo Kiev supporters on Lapshyn’s Russian Facebook page and on a pen computer drive when they raided the home he shared with a fellow student  in Small Heath, Birmingham .
Investigations by counter terrorism officers found that Lapshyn was not a member of any of these groups and that no one else was involved in the murder of Mr Saleem, aged 82, or the bombs that were set off bombs at three Midland mosques.
But Lapshyn was influenced by the ideologies of right wing extremists in Ukraine.
Neo-Nazi literature and racist chants popular with Dynamo Kiev fans were among the disturbing set of literature found at his home  in Small Heath, Birmingham .
Detectives also found a folder marked “White World” on Lapshyn’s computer which included a violent video game called “Ethnic Cleansing” featuring ‘soldiers’ from the PoU.
Another audio file entitled “You Must Murder” contained more racist rants by East European extremists calling for a violent race war.
After his arrest, a team of West Midlands Police detectives  were sent to the Ukraine where sources said he worked alone and was not affiliated to any groups.
A recovered camera memory card showed that Lapshyn had amassed 455 images and 90 videos of chemicals, guns and parts of explosive devices as he prepared for a bombing campaign.
It also emerged that Lapshyn admired the Boston Marathon bombers and had downloaded images of the April 15 attack and its aftermath on to his computer.
Before leaving Ukraine Lapshyn practised blowing up trees.
After he was sentenced video footage emerged of the PhD student blowing up trees as he experimented with bomb making in woods in the Ukraine.
He had apparently been planning his murderous bomb and knife campaign a year before he left for Britain.
He had come to Birmingham after being awarded a one year placement with software design firm Delcam and had been staying in a company flat when he began his campaign of terror.
A police source said: “Lapsyn’s Russian Facebook page had numerous mentions and postings from Dynamo Kiev hooligans and the PoU especially in the run up to Euro 2012.
“The Ukrainian authorities were keen to downplay any links with extremist groups operating within its borders.”
He added: “It appears Lapshyn was moving within these neo-nazi circles for at least three years which is when he first came to the attention of Ukranian authorities after practising with explosives at his home.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman confirmed that detectives had travelled to Ukraine and liaised with police there.
Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards, from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: ”Following our extensive investigations there is no evidence to support that Lapshyn was a member of any right wing group or that he was directed by any group and we want to reinforce that he acted alone.
“During our investigation Lapshyn’s computers were searched and extreme right wing literature was discovered, this demonstrated that he was influenced by this ideology but not directed by any group.”
Speaking after Lapshyn was sentenced Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, head of the West Midlands police counter-terrorism unit, told how Lapshyn had shown no remorse or regret.
In a statement, the Muslim Council of Britain said of Lapshyn: “There will be some who will view his activities as those of a lone wolf.
“But in a summer that saw an unprecedented rise in attacks on mosques and Islamic institutions, it is important for all of us to challenge anti-Muslim hatred, just as we challenge those who wrongly use Islam to carry out acts of violence.”
The PoU recruits and trains football hooligans to attack foreigners.
The violent racism of the group caused players Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to withdraw from the England squad ahead of Euro 2012, hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
The group is linked to far-right political parties in Ukraine and has formed alliances with white supremacist groups across Eastern Europe and Germany.
Dynamo Kiev football club, which was ordered by Uefa to play two European matches behind closed doors following racist abuse by fans.
During raids at Lapshyn’s Small Heath flat police also found a chilling photo of Lapshyn posing with the hunting knife used to kill Mr Saleem, a grandfather of 23.
Lapshyn stood holding the lethal weapon across his chest, apparently taking pride in what he had done.
One picture showed a hunting knife with the caption: “Mohammed Saleem was stabbed by…”
Lapshyn admitted murdering Mr Saleem as he made his way home from praying at his local mosque in Small Heath on April 29 last year.
The PhD student, from the city of Dnipropetrovsk, also set off bombs at three mosques in the Black Country while he was at large for the murder.
At the Old Bailey last month he admitted causing an explosion on July 12 near the Kanzal Iman mosque in Tipton, and engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts between April 24 and July 18 this year including a failed bomb attack on a mosque in Wolverhampton.
Lapshyn hid a homemade explosive in a child’s lunchbox and left it outside a mosque in Walsall in June.
He then set off a device near Wolverhampton Central Mosque and detonated a nail bomb in Tipton.
It was only because a service in Tipton had been put back by an hour that scores were not injured or killed.Three hundred people would have been in the path of the shrapnel that shot across the car park, leaving nails embedded in tree trunks. But the mosque had temporarily moved prayers back.
Sentencing the sick white supremacist Mr Justice Sweeney told Lapshyn: “You were motivated to commit the offences by religious and racial hatred in the hope that you would ignite racial conflict and cause Muslims to leave the area where you were living.
“Such views, hatred and motivations have no place whatsoever in our multi-faith and multi-cultural society.”

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Live Boxing evening in Kiev, Free on-line. 09/11/2013

The main event of the upcoming evening of boxing in Kharkov - the fight for the vacant IBO International Champion in the light heavyweight division between Vyacheslav Uzelkov (Ukraine, 29-3, 18 KO's) and Dzheydonom Codrington (USA, 21-3, 17 KO's) and prof. debut of 2012 Olympic champion in the heavyweight Alexander Usik(Ukraine) vs. Felipe Romero (Mexico, 01/07/16, 11 KOs) - will be broadcast on TV channel "Inter" (start broadcasting - November 9, at 22:25 on Kiev).

Vyacheslav Uzelkov (Ukraine, 29-3 , 18 KO's) - Dzheydon Codrington (USA, 21-3 , 17 KO's)
12 rounds for the vacant IBO International Champion Light Heavyweight (up to 79.379 kg)

Alexander Usik (Ukraine, prof. Debut) - Felipe Romero (Mexico, 01/07/16 , 11 KOs)
6 rounds in the first heavyweight (up to 90.717 kg)

Omar Salama ( Russia , 7-0 , 6 KOs) - Ravshanbek Dzhabbarov (Uzbekistan, 11-4-1 , 5 KOs )
10 rounds for the vacant world title among youth with IBO Light Heavyweight (up to 79.379 kg)

Aslambek Idigov ( Russia , 2-0, 1 KO ) - Andrew Danichkin (Ukraine, 0-8-1 )
4 round super middleweight (up to 76.203 kg)

Hasan Baisangurov ( Russia , 1-0 , 0 KOs) - Eugene Kondratenko (Ukraine, 0-4)
4 rounds at welterweight (up to 66.678 kg)

Ivan Tkachenko (Ukraine, 1-0, 1 KO ) - Konstantin Gavrilov (Ukraine , 0-1)
4 rounds in the heavyweight (over 90.717 kg)

Savenko Artem (Ukraine, prof. Debut) - Alexey Kozlov (Ukraine , 0-2)
4 round junior welterweight (up to 63.503 kg)

Aghali Alyshev (Azerbaijan, 19-5-2 , 13 KOs) - TBA .
6 rounds in the junior welterweight (up to 63.503 kg)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ukraine approves 2022 Winter Olympic bid from Lviv

 — The Ukrainian city of Lviv is entering the race for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
The Ukraine National Olympic Committee and Lviv city officials signed letters Tuesday declaring their intent to bid for the games.
Lviv would host the ice venues, while the ski events would take place in the nearby Carpathian mountains.
Nov. 14 is the deadline for submission of bids to the International Olympic Committee.
China said Tuesday that it submitted a 2022 bid from Beijing and the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou. Almaty, Kazakhstan, has also already officially lodged a 2022 bid. Other potential contenders include Oslo, Norway; Munich; and a joint bid from Poland and Slovakia.
The IOC will select the 2022 host city in 2015.

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Ukraine squad for World Cup qualifying playoff

Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko named the following 25-man squad on Tuesday for the two-legged World Cup qualifying playoff against France. Ukraine host France on November 15 in Kiev with the return game to be played in Paris four days later.
Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rustam Hudzhamov (Illichivets), Maxym Koval (Dynamo Kiev)
Defenders: Oleksander Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yaroslav Rakitsky (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Evhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Artem Fedetsky (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Vitaliy Mandzyuk (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)
Midfielders: Oleh Gusyev (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev), Roman Bezus (Dynamo Kiev), Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kiev), Evhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Anatoly Tymoshchuk (Bayern Munich), Mykola Morozyuk (Metalurh Donetsk), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Edmar (Metalist Kharkiv), Denys Dedechko (Vorskla Poltava), Dmytro Homchenovsky (Zorya Lugansk), Valeriy Fedorchuk (FC Karpaty)

Forwards: Marco Devic (Metalist Kharkiv), Roman Zozulya (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Evhen Seleznyov (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ukraine’s Third Recession Since 2008 Confirmed on Industry Drop

Ukraine’s economy slipped into its third recession since 2008 in the third quarter as industrial production plummeted.
Gross domestic product fell 0.4 percent from the previous three months after shrinking 0.5 percent in the second quarter, the state statistics committee, based in the capital, Kiev, said today on its website, citing preliminary data. GDP fell 1.5 percent from a year earlier, worse than the median estimate of 12 economists in a Bloomberg survey for 0.2 percent growth.
“The economy is in a protracted stagnation as it moves from one recession to another,” Alexander Valchyshen, head of research at Investment Capital Ukraine in Kiev, said by phone. “The government’s policy to boost economic growth has failed.”
Ukraine is struggling amid falling global demand for products such as steel, a widening current-account gap, shrinking foreign reserves and trade restrictions from Russia, its biggest export market. It’s failed to seal a loan from the International Monetary Fund as the government rejects conditions including higher household energy tariffs. Moody’s Investors Service cut its junk rating further last month.
Yields on Ukrainian dollar debt due 2014 rose 57 basis points to 15.33 percent, the highest level since Oct. 10, as of 5:48 p.m. in Kiev, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The hryvnia fell to 8.1875 per dollar from 8.1730 yesterday.

Industry Decline

Industrial production declined 5.2 percent from a year earlier in the first nine months, compared with 0.6 percent growth in the same period of 2012.
GDP growth will be “slightly” negative in the whole of 2013, Valchyshen said. First Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov has said the economy will grow less than 1 percent.
Ukraine must act quickly to correct economic imbalances that threaten to swell its budget and current-account deficits beyond the government’s control, the World Bank said Oct. 7.
Moody’s downgraded Ukraine’s credit rating on Sept. 20 by one level to Caa1, seven steps below investment grade, citing growing political and economic risks due to deteriorating relations with Russia, low foreign reserves and a lack of progress on an international bailout from the IMF.
Central bank reserves were at a seven-year low of $21.6 billion at the end of September, down from $29.3 billion a year earlier, as policy makers intervened to support the hryvnia. The stockpile is less than three months of imports, a threshold economists deem important for financial stability.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Map shows more than 2000 nuclear bombs exploded in last 50 years.

Map shows more than 2000 nuclear bombs exploded in last 50 years. The Manhattan Project was set up midway through the Second World War and began work on developing the U.S' nuclear technology. In May 1945 Germany signed a surrender agreement with the Allies to signal the end of the war in Europe, however, the war in the Pacific carried on and the Allies were contemplating invading Japan. They asked Japan to surrender but the Japanese government ignored the Potsdam Declaration on July 26, 1945. By August 1945, the Manhattan Project had developed and tested atomic bombs at its Los Alamos base By August 1945, the Manhattan Project had developed and tested atomic bombs at its Los Alamos base and on 6 August, a Little Boy atomic bomb, left, was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, followed by a Fat Man bomb,right, on Nagasaki three days later. The blasts are said to have killed a total of 245,000 deaths by November 1945 and the effects from radiation are still reported to this day. On 15 August, Japan surrendered and signed the Instrument of Surrender on September 2, officially ending World War II.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

New grain terminal launched in Odessa port

Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Olekandr Vilkul has launched of a new pilot grain-handling complex "Brooklyn-Kiev" Ltd in the Odessa commercial sea port, the Information-analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
New grain elevator at Androsovsky breakwater is a unique, modern, high-tech handling complex, which is unparalleled at Odessa port both by scope of simultaneous storage and planned annual turnover.
Capacity of the terminal is 4 million tons of grain annually. The terminal includes a berth (254 meters length and 12.5 meters depth at the boundary), which can take vessels up to 60 tons of dead weight.
The grain terminal (designed for 240 tons of simultaneous grain storage) will be one of the most advanced terminals at the Black Sea. Total project cost is 125 million USD, of which 95 million USD of investments and the rest is ensured by the port. The terminal's startup created 230 jobs for Odessa.
Experts say the new grain-handling complex at Androsovsky breakwater will be the fourth grain-handling complex at the Odessa port. The new terminal can process 15% of Ukrainian grain exports and will be a core project of Odessa commercial port, which processes over 45 million tons of cargo on annual basis.
Government experts say construction of new elevator is due to the stable position of Ukraine among leading world grain exporters. They also credit the Strategy of Developing Port Infrastructure 2038, which has been adopted by the government.
The grain-handling complex at Androsovsky breakwater (with a potential scope of grain exports up to 4 million tons annually) is the first implemented project contained in the brief.
The Cabinet expects implementation of the strategy will increase annual cargo handling up to 210 million tons and attract private investments in the amount of 26 billion UAH. It envisions an increase the efficiency of cargo-handling complexes at seaports by up to 80% and the creatation of 15,000 additional jobs.
Ukraine is a notable and significant exporter of crops and oilseeds and supplies agricultural products to over 50 countries of the world. Ukrainian exporters recently discovered several new markets, the most promising and rapidly growing of which are located in Southeast Asia.
In the international arena, Ukraine is considered to have tremendous agricultural potential (the country is among top ten grain exporters of the world with grain export potential over 60 million tons). Ukraine has high-quality land, water resources and a hard-working population. Successful development of export potential requires qualitative development of modern port infrastructure including the building of port elevators for 30 million tons (2.3 million tons at the moment) at an estimated cost of 6 billion USD.
The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food says agricultural exports from Ukraine totaled 18.2 billion USD in 2012 (up 40% from 2011) and for the first time exceeded income from metal exports. Ministry experts say Ukraine this year is in a position to export the agricultural products for 20.6 billion USD (28 million tons of grain, which can be an absolute record for independent Ukraine). This figure is 2 billion USD higher than last year's results.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fenerbahce Ulker defeat Budivelnik Kiev 102-84 in Kiev Ukraine

Men's basketball team Fenerbahce Ulker of Turkey defeated Ukraine's Budivelnik Kiev 102-84 in the first game of Group A in Turkish Airlines Euroleague.  
The match, played in 'Palace of Sport' was refereed by Sreten Radovic from Croatia, Carmelo Paternico from Italy and Apostolas Kalpakas from Sweden.
Bo McCalebb with 11, Nemanje Bjelica with 11, Melih with 12, Linas Kleiza with 12, Gasper Vidmar with 9, Luka Zoric with 10, Kenan with 2, Bojan Bogdanovic with 21 and Emir Preldzic with 14 played and scored for Turkey. 
Blake Ahearn with 16, Darjus Lavrinovic with 21, Artur Drozdov, Sergiy Gorbenko with 2, Janis Strelnieks with 14, Michailis Anisimov with 3, Andriy Lebedintsev, Oleksandr Tishchenko, Kostiantyn Aniliienko with 2, Micah Downs with 7, Ricky Minard with 7 and Dajuan Summers with 12 played and scored for Ukraine.
First period: 15-18
Half time: 43-41
Third period: 77-71

Friday, October 18, 2013

Usyk vs Romero and Uzelkov vs Codrington on November 9th in Kiev, Ukraine.

A big boxing show will take place on November 9th at the Palace of Sports in Kiev, Ukraine, promoted by K2 Promotions Ukraine . Local light-heavyweight star Vyacheslav “Steel Power” Uzelkov (29-3, 18 KOs) will dispute vacant IBO International light heavyweight title against American KO-artist Jaidon “The Don” Сodrington (21-3, 17 KOs) in the main event.
The 34-year-old Uzelkov is a former World (WBA) and European (EBU) title challenger who has couple of decent victories in his record including 6th round KO win over former WBA World champion Gabriel Campillo and a UD win over two-time WBO contender Alejandro Lakatos. Codrington,29, is known as a runner-up of reality boxing show “The Contender,” where he stopped previously unbeaten Texas brawler Brian Vera and met current WBC world champ Sakio Bika in a 2007 Fight of the Year candidate.
A special attraction of upcoming show will be pro debut of the international amateur-boxing superstar and 2012 London Olympic Gold Medalist Alexander Usyk, who has recently signed with Klitschko brothers. The highly-promising Ukrainian cruiserweight will risk his reputation against tough and experienced Mexican Felipe “El Indio” Romero (16-7-1, 11 KOs) in a six-rounder.
26-year-old Oleksandr Usyk was one of the p4p best amateurs during last 5 years. Ukrainian technician won gold medal as a heavyweight at Olympic Games-2012 in London, also he was World champion in 2011 and European champion in 2008.
There will be a couple of other K2 young guns on the undercard including just 19-year-old but fast rising Russian prospect Umar Salamov (7-0, 6 KOs) who will face durable Uzbek Ravshan Jabbarov (11-4-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
Both Usyk vs Romero and Uzelkov vs Codrington match-ups will be broadcast live by Ukrainian Inter channel on November 9th supporting by TM “Khortytsia.”

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ukrainian Navy Flagship Starts Anti-piracy Mission off Africa

Ukraine’s navy flagship, the Hetman Sahaidachny frigate, started patrolling naval routes off the African coast on Saturday as part of NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield, Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency said.
"The Ukrainian ship has already covered several hundred nautical miles in the Gulf of Aden and started its patrolling round together with warships of the US, Danish and Dutch navies,” the agency quoted Ukraine’s Navy command as saying.
Global powers, including NATO, the European Union and Russia, have launched anti-piracy missions in response to a rising amount of piracy off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean.
Operation Ocean Shield aims to deter and disrupt pirate attacks, protect vessels and help increase overall security in the region since 2008. In March 2012, the North Atlantic Council extended the operation until the end of 2014.
Earlier this week, the Ukrainian parliament has approved a presidential decree to join the international anti-piracy efforts.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sunday sex tourism

In Kiev, 18.5% of female students work part-time as prostitutes to earn money for their education. The reason behind this trend is the high cost of a good education in private universities and the low income of their families. There is strong reaction from some social groups and student groups against this trend, but this trend is spreading like a virus among poor students who see this as a means to paying for their expensive costs of higher education.
Euro 2012, which Ukraine co-hosted with Poland, encouraged youth into prostitution, because this event provided a big chance for female students to start their career successfully, and they managed to establish good contacts in Europe for their future business. Westernization of the Ukrainian society without providing social security to people is playing havoc with the social fabric of this Eastern European country where the government is withdrawing support to people in all important sectors including education and health.
Selling sweets on the street is nowhere near as profitable as selling their bodies, unfortunately. The prime reason why female students are involved in this is poverty. Parents are aware of this. They know a lot of the time what the choices are – and they choose to accept their girls into prostitution.
The typical age of students who earn money through prostitution is 26 years to 30 years—indicating that master’s degree and post master’s degree students are mostly involved in this trend. There is another age group that is 20-25, but this group is mostly involved for sexual pleasure and European exposure, rather than just for making money for education and families.
According to a study conducted by a team of scientists in Berlin Studienkolleg zu institute, 52.3% of students are involved in prostitution and in parallel have a permanent boyfriend or girlfriend. 48.9% of them describe themselves as heterosexual, 13.3% as gay, and 37.8% – as bisexual.
The study also indicates that young Ukrainian women are increasingly involved in prostitution. There are thousands of websites created by students to sell themselves in the prostitution market. They put candid and sexy photos and detailed descriptions of services including stats of their bodies online, while ordinary prostitutes work with or through a pimp, and only on weekends.
Ukrainian students have flooded the European market with prostitution nets and even resorts in the Middle East are full of them. In a Middle Eastern newspaper there was another report on this same issue that indicates that lack of money and high fees in Ukrainian institutions are compelling female students to indulge in prostitution. “Girls aged 18-25 work part-time in prostitution on weekends for several reasons,” said Julia Tsarevskaya, the head of the organization, Convictus Ukraine, working in the field of HIV/AIDS. “Basically it’s either a lack of money to go to university, or the lack of funds to buy expensive branded things,” she said.
The number of these “independent prostitutes” in the country is estimated at several hundred women. “At the end of each week at Bergamo airport, located near Milan, on average, 25-30 girls come from the Ukraine,” said Giovanni de Roma, the commander of the Italian Financial Guard units.
Sex tourism in Europe is largely supported by Ukrainian workers, and this tourism is most often called “Sunday sex tourism.” Prostitutes themselves say that they earn abroad many times more than at home. “The Turks provide a car and driver for the duration of the work, security, and fees are three times higher than Ukrainian,” says Mila from Kiev, a sex worker.
She is of the view that these trips bring in $5 million each. The girl even has accumulated enough for a Honda Accord valued at $33,000, and her minimum fee for an hour of “work” ranges from $300-500.
According to Elvira Mruchkovskoy, head of the NGO “Suchasnik,” these girls get up to $10,000 from its main supplier of personnel for sex escorts – model agencies. About 20% of Ukrainians working in them regularly go abroad to escort, and one in seven is also engaged in prostitution. In these cases, the fee – up to $500 for a four-day trip – increased eightfold. To order a Ukrainian woman through an online escort agency services, the manager should send a copy of the first page of the passport and pay for a round-trip ticket. Is also required that the customer pay a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the operation and makes an advance payment of 40%.
“We are writing to foreign colleagues with a request to block access to escort sites in [the] Ukraine. In response to only get an apology, saying that on our side everything is legal, we hope [for] further cooperation,” said Alexander Kling, head of the department for combating crimes against morality at the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs.