Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 14:13
Monday, September 28, 2009
"Today, September 23, at 21.00 hours the capital of our Motherland, Moscow, on behalf of the Motherland, will salute with 12 artillery salvoes from 124 guns our gallant troops which liberated the town of Poltava. For excellent military operations, I express my thanks to all troops commanded by you who participated in the fighting for the liberation of the town of Poltava. Eternal glory to the heroes who fell in the fight for the freedom and independence of our Motherland. Death to the German invaders!"
Many flowers and wreaths were laid at the Memorial to the Glory of Soldiers on September 23rd. This memorial was opened in October 1969 in Kotlyarevsky Park on the site of the former city cemetery. All remains of the soldiers and officers that had been killed during the liberation of Poltava were moved from Petrovsky Park to the newly unveiled memorial. The Memorial contains 21 common graves and 22 separate graves covered with granite tombstones. The monument itself is shaped in the form of a 22-meter high bayonet and a 6-meter high sculpture of a soldier wearing military gear and holding a shield with a bas relief of the Glory Monument. An Eternal Flame is located at the base of the monument.
Many flowers and wreaths were also laid at the monument to Lieutenant-General Zygin. The monument was unveiled in 1957 on the square named after him. Zygin was promoted in September 1943 to Commander of the 4th Army that participated in the battle for the Dnieper River. Shortly after his promotion, on the 27th of September, his car was blown up by a German mine. Lieutenant-General Zygin was buried in Poltava.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 13:56
Thursday, September 24, 2009
As a gift from Poltava Oblast Branch of Raiffeisen Bank Aval for the 100th anniversary Poltava Battle Museum got about 40 copies of unique documents that were discovered by LTC Oleg Bezverkhnii in Krigsarkivet (Stockholm, Sweden) in the University of Helsinki's Slavonic Library (Finland), and in some private Ukrainian archives. All these findings were shown to the Poltava public on June 24th, 2009, on the eve of marking of 300th anniversary of the Battle of Poltava. The gift was handed over to the museum by Volodymyr Shyyan, Head of Poltava Oblast Branch of Raiffeisen Bank Aval. The first museum of the Battle of Poltava has been fully reconstructed in its original shape recently. Poltava City Council decided to create a museum of Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Pavlovsky and the first museum of the Poltava Battle Museum in this building soon.
To read more about Poltava Battle Museum in Swedish language click on following link
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 13:10
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Although The City Council of Poltava has discussed what needs to be done to routinely maintain the monument, nothing has been changed recently. Only in 2004 the monument was wholly reconstructed thanks to donation of Tetra Pak Ukraine company. Since that time the monument is almost neglected. On Spetember 19th 2009 a group of students from Poltava Agrarian Academy including three students from Public's Republic of China under the head of LTC Oleg Bezverkhnii and teacher Elena Koschenko have collected a lot of garbage around the monument. During this ecological action Oleg Bezverkhnii has told them a touching story about Great Northern war and it decisive battle.
Learn more about Swedish monument at
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 13:44
Friday, September 18, 2009
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 12:21
Thursday, September 17, 2009
1981: Eighteen Tu-22M3 were deployed in Poltava. This variant became operational with 185 Guard Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment at Poltava and also served in Afghanistan.
January 1996: Twenty Tu-22M3 bombers were deployed in Poltava. In January 1996 four Tu-22M3 bombers arrived in Poltava. The bombers were transferred to Ukraine as part of the process of dividing the Black Sea Fleet.
November, 2001: US to help Ukraine eliminate 47 Tu-22M bombers. UNIAN reported on 4 November 2001 that the director of the US SOAE (Strategic Offensive Arms Elimination) program in Ukraine, John Connell, announced that the US government will help Ukraine eliminate 47 Tu-22M bombers.
October 14th, 2002: Ukraine begins Tu-22, Tu-22M bomber elimination under a contract issued by the US company Raytheon and funded by the US government. Bombers were scrapped at Mykolayiv and Poltava air bases. The first bomber was eliminated on 12 November 2002. The last Backfire bomber was destroyed in 2004.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 15:10
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
"The plan for the exercises was developed jointly by the Russian and Belarusian Armed Forces General Staffs and is purely defensive," the ministry said, adding that tasks to be practiced include dealing with armed conflicts, natural and man-caused disasters and ensuring strategic deterrence as well as the security of the Russia-Belarus Union State. The ex-Soviet neighbours announced plans in the late 1990s to form a union state in a bid to achieve greater political, economic and military integration, but the project has largely existed on paper. The exercise will, among other things, rehearse interoperability within the framework of the Belarusian-Russian integrated air defence system, which the two countries agreed to establish recently. Russia is represented by the Moscow Military District units, Ground Forces, Air Force, Air Defence Forces, Airborne Troops and Baltic Fleet naval task forces, and Belarus by operational command units, Interior Ministry, Emergencies Ministry and State Security Committee troops. The exercise will involve 5,000-6,000 Russian servicemen and 7,000-8,000 Belarusian servicemen, as well as up to 40 aircraft.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
AP Photo, AP News
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 15:03
In the centre - the emblem of the Bank of Russia framed by a circle of dots and inscriptions along the rim - on top: “THREE RUBLES”, below: to the left - indications of the precious metal and its fineness, in the centre - the year of issue “2009”, to the right - the fine metal content and the mint trade mark.
In the centre - the profile image of the Peter I, in the background - a detachment warriors in advance, inscription above along the rim: “THE TERCENTENARY OF POLTAVA BATTLE”.
Description that was placed on the web site of the Central Bank of Russian Federation:
“The Poltava Battle (June 27, 1709 - July 9, 1709) - the general engagement of Russian and Swedish troops during the Northern War 1700-1721. In the hard fight, the Russian Army under command of Peter I, routed the Swedish Army of Charles XII. The decisive Victory of Russians in the environs of Poltava led to an change in the Northern War to Russia's benefit and put an end for supremacy of Sweden as the main military power in Europe.”
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 13:26
Monday, September 14, 2009
The reconstructed Common Grave of Russians killed in the Battle of Poltava was opened on the eve of the celebration of 300th anniversary of the battle
Viktor Chernomyrdin was Prime Minister of Russia from 1992 to 1998. In 1989, when the Ministry of Oil and Gas was converted into the government company Gazprom, Chernomyrdin was elected its chairman. In May 1992, President Boris Yeltsin appointed Chernomyrdin deputy prime minister in charge of fuel and energy. From 2001 to 2009, he was Russia's ambassador to Ukraine. Just a few day before the celebration of 300th Anniversary of the Battle of Poltava President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev appointed Viktor Chernomyrdin presidential adviser on economic cooperation with CIS member countries and relieved him of his previous duties.
Mr. Chernomyrdin took an active part in reconstruction of the memorial over the common grave of the Russian warriors located on the Battle of Poltava field. According to Mr. Chernomyrdin, Russian party has partially financed the project of the mound memorial restoration, the costs of which amount to $ 3 million.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 13:51
Friday, September 11, 2009
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 14:03
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Soviet-era river cruise boats, some unused for decades, could be refurbished and tied up at wharves in the cities Kiev, Dnipropetrovsk, and Donetsk to offer sleeping cabins and restaurant service to visitors, according to government plans still under consideration. Weak areas noted by UEFA inspectors in Ukraine include a nationwide hotel room shortage, an outdated road and rail network, weak traditions of customer service, and airports practically unusable to foreign visitors. Ukraine according to UEFA officials is doing best at preparing stadiums, with one state-of-the-art game site opened on Sunday in Donetsk, and work proceeding with full financing in Kharkiv and Kiev. Ukraine's parliament last month overrode a Presidential veto to approved funding for Ukraine's fourth stadium, to be built from the ground up in Lviv. Ukraine could lose rights to host some or even all scheduled Euro 2012 matches, if its preparation effort is not accelerated, UEFA head Michel Platini warned in July. A UEFA board is scheduled to make its next formal review of Ukraine's Euro 2012 preparation effort in December.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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Monday, September 7, 2009
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Thursday, September 3, 2009
On the eve of 300th anniversary of the Battle of Poltava the monument was thoroughly renovated. To limit an access to the monument in the evening the City Council decided to put up a fence around the monument. Entrance gate is open till 9 p.m. to avoid a violation of historical monument by drinking and littering. You can learn more about Segermonumentet in Poltava on
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 14:58
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
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