Friday, October 30, 2009
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An epidemic of the A/H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, has started in Ukraine, Health Minister Vasyl Kniazevych announced at a press conference on Friday. "Unfortunately, we have to state that an A/H1N1 flu epidemic has in fact started in Ukraine," he said. The Health Ministry is planning to impose quarantine throughout Ukraine, he said responding a question from Interfax-Ukraine. "We are considering the possibility of introducing quarantine not only in the western regions but throughout the country because the virus is spreading extremely fast," he said.
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In the autumn it’s worth visiting an old town of
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
and Novosibirsk group Insula Magica
presented an "Echo of Poltava" project based on the unique musical and historical material - pieces from Tobolsk manuscript authored by Great Northern war prisoner, composer and oboe player Gustav Blidström. After 12 years of exile in Tobolsk on Siberia, he came back to Sweden, to his native town Scara where, 300 years later, his musical book was found. Besides Blidström´s music - marches, polonaises and menuets - the "Echo of Poltava" programme features Russian 18th century chants from the time of Peter the Great, Russian church music, Swedish songs about the Northern War and "unruly" Russians and Swedish traditional folk music of the 17th century. Musical confrontation ended peacefully, with "bar" and love cantatas and a 1721 cantata "For the Peace Treaty Between Russia and Sweden" by G. Lindemann (Sweden). The programme is to be performed in historical costumes and accompanied by detailed comments. A unique set of historical instrumets is involved into the performance. "Echo of Poltava" is filled with authentic historical dances by Diana Scrivener (UK) - the world-wide known expert and teacher in choreography and early dance interpretation, who worked also for a number of acclaimed movies including the BAFTA and Oscar-winning "Elizabeth". On October 23rd Swedish and Russian groups performed their programme in the Museum of the Battle of Poltava.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
2009 international conference "The Battle of Poltava and its international importance” hosted by the Moscow Kremlin State Museum and the Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences will take place in Moscow on November 17 – 19th 2009.
1. Peter the Great's military reforms, The Battle of Poltava and following events of the Great Northern war.
2. Celebration of the Russian victory in the Battle of Poltava in Moscow in 1709 and 1710. The way of celebration of military victories in the time of Peter I.
3. Armament samples and banner collections in the Russian and European museums.
4. Reflection of the Battle of Poltava in the Russian works of art.
5. Northern Europe after the Battle of Poltava.
6. The Battle of Poltava and its impact on the system of international relations in the 18th century Europe.
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Monday, October 26, 2009
November 10-11, 2009
In association with the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta and the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI) will on November 10th and 11th host Poltava 1709: Revisiting a Turning Point in European History, an international conference that marks the 300th anniversary of the pivotal battle. The two-day event coincides with the passing of three centuries since Russia’s Peter I vanquished Charles XII of Sweden in one of the most decisive assaults of the Great Northern War at Poltava in Ukraine in 1709. It also commemorates the October 1709 passing of Ivan Mazepa, the Cossack Hetman whose ambition to use the battle as a means to achieve an independent Ukrainian state has made him both a national legend and an international controversy.
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Friday, October 23, 2009
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
An exhibition dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Poltava battle opens on November 10th 2009 in the museums of the Moscow Kremlin
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A dark horse in the race is former speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who started his campaign very early and whose rating in late summer was at about 15%. At present, however, Yatsenyuk’s support is down at 8%, but with three months ahead, the situation can still change. Most probably Yatsenyuk is counting on a possible runoff in the election so that he can offer his support to the highest bidder – at present the former speaker is seen neither as a pro-Russian, nor as a pro-Western figure. The starting campaign will most likely be very harsh, even by Ukrainian standards. “We are facing an extremely harsh and non-correct elections campaign with beatings of activists, court wars and other unpredictable situations,” the Ukrainian press quoted former head of the Ukrainian Voters Committee Igor Popov. And this prophesy has turned out to be the case – Ukrainian politicians are using all forms of dirty play, even going as far as accusing opponents of pedophilia.
About two weeks ago, Ukrainian media supporting the Party of Regions reported that some women accused three top officials of Yulia Timoshenko’s bloc of raping children in the Artek summer camp. The media reported that the victims’ parents filed in a complaint with the police, but no actual proof was presented and, more importantly, the only person detained within the case has nothing to do with politics. Another sign indicating that the story could be bogus is that the Russian mainstream media and tabloids have dwelled heavily on the story, and Russia has always been supportive of Viktor Yanukovich’s cause. The pedophilia story continues to develop, but even in its brief and early form it cannot be called anything but outrageous.
Despite the fact that many election analysts expect the struggle to become even more vicious, all of them agree that an “Orange Revolution” is not likely to happen again (In 2005, mass street protests in Ukraine’s capital Kiev ensured the victory of the pro-Western bloc and gave the presidential post to Viktor Yushchenko). The situation in the country has changed significantly. The people are disappointed in the incumbent president and in the Orange idea in general, and the state of the Ukrainian and global economy is drastically different to what it was four years ago.
News agency Russia Today
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I am happy to announce an unexpected victory over the enemy that was granted to me today by loving and gracious God. In one word all enemy’s force was defeated utterly. Come here if you want to hear this news from me and congratulate me on this occasion.
Give my regards to the Princess
Early in 1703 Peter I becomes the lover of a Lithuanian peasant, captured in the Northern War and now working as the domestic serf of a Russian prince. Later in the same year, when their first child is born, the mother is received into the Russian Orthodox Church under a new name, Catherine. She becomes the tsar's inseparable companion, bearing him seven children of whom two daughters survive infancy. Divorced from his first wife, Peter marries Catherine formally in 1712 (they may have married secretly in 1707) and has her crowned empress in 1724. Less than a year later she succeeds him on the throne, as the empress Catherine I.
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Friday, October 16, 2009
Ukraine's ambassador to the United States, Oleh Shamshur, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that talks with Washington on the use of radar stations had already begun. "This issue is in the process of working discussions. It is still at a beginning stage," Interfax cited Shamshur as saying. He added that previous Ukrainian leaders had backed this idea.
Shamshur's comments appeared to relate to possible use by Washington of two Soviet-era early alert stations at Mukachevo in western Ukraine and one near the Black Sea port city of Sevastopol. Ukraine's foreign ministry declined to comment.
President Viktor Yushchenko was in Brussels on Thursday and his office had no immediate comment on Shamshur's remarks. But on October 12 Yushchenko said at a meeting of Commonwealth of Independent States leaders in Moldova that Ukraine was ready to contribute these two facilities to a collective world and European security system.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
A unique numismatic collection of medals dedicated to the Battle of Potava was shown to the public in Yaroslavl Art Museum (Russia)
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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Monday, October 12, 2009
Nobody in Ukraine believes that this election will take place without shady fighting using all possible methods to obtain power. Not long ago Tymoshenko started using election posters saying: “They loot Ukraine. She works”, “They promise. She works”, “They are talking. She works” pointed against Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions. In response to such fierce attack, Party of Regions has hunged up following posters: “Ukraine is getting poor. She works”, “Ukraine is starving. She works”, “Euro-2012 is under the threat of frustration. She works”. suddenly Yulia Tymoshenko decided to change the meaning of the word “She” that caused following video available now on YouTube. You may watch it at
PM Yulia Tymoshenko (voiceover): Every day, I work till late night because I know that my every minute is for the sake of the people, for the sake of my native Ukraine. I know that millions of people work a lot every day as well because they know that today their work is needed like never before. Every minute, our country smelts ore, sows bread, heals the sick, creates art, teaches and brings up kids. It is she, our best country. She works. She is Ukraine!
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Thursday, October 8, 2009
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The AN-70 aircraft belongs to a new generation of the short takeoff and landing tactical military medium transport. AN-70 is capable to carry practically any item of the military armament and equipment nomenclature with a total weight up to 35-47 t of cargo over the 3,000-5100 km range at cruising speed of 700-750 km/h, air drop of personnel and vehicles, including the single piece of cargoes up to 21 t with both high and low altitudes, delivery of 300 soldiers and evacuation of 206 wounded and sick persons. Maximum service range is 8,000 km. Nowadays the AN-70 aircraft is coming to the end of flight and certification tests. At Aviant Kiev Aviation plant 2 first serial aircraft are being built under the order of Air Force of Ukraine. Learn more about ANTONOV Aeronautical Scientific/Technical Complex on company’s official site
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Monday, October 5, 2009
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Friday, October 2, 2009
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