Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Ukrainian navy are training killer-dolphins to attack enemy combat swimmers by using special knives and pistols which will be fixed to their heads.
"Ten dolphins are now being trained for special tasks in the Ukrainian state oceanarium and the Ukrainian military are now regularly training the animals for detecting things along the seabed," said the source. "We are now planning training exercises for counter-combat swimmer tasks in order to defend ships in port and on raids."
As well as attacking divers, they were used to carry explosives on their heads to plant on enemy ships.
The source said the army has already completed several successful exercises with the dolphins in finding underwater weapons in the aquarium and outside in open water. "Our dolphins found the items and attached devices to them which were fixed on their heads, after which a buoy on it was sent to the surface to mark it."
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 08:13
Monday, October 8, 2012
– is a joint project of the Swedish Institute, Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine, and the International Information Center "Green Dossier". To illustrate
commitment to climate and environment issues, the Swedish Institute launched an
exhibition on October 4, 2012 entitled Facing the Climate. In it, five Swedish
cartoonists provide some amusing and alarming reflections on climate change.
Local artists were invited to give their view of the climate. Since then the
climate images reached more than 135.000 visitors when shown by Swedish Foreign
missions and their local partners. Sweden
“When the Swedish cartoonists are presented to them, local partners are inspired to launch a similar initiative for cartoonists in their own country,” says Project Manager Birgitta Tennander. “So they organized a competition. The winning entries were then shown together with the Swedish cartoons.
has come further than many
other countries in dealing with the climate issue – but abroad there is often a
considerable potential among young well-educated people who are full of energy
and commitment. The project gives us the chance to discuss topical environmental
issues in both countries.” Facing the Climate will be on display in Rio, Sweden Athens, Tirana, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg,
and other cities around the world during 2012. Novosibirsk
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 17:46
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Not long ago I've gotten a wonderful opportunity to visit another interesting place located in Saxony and linked closely with the history of
Nowadays a small village of Altranstädt, located Sweden 10 kilometers away
from Leipzig, definitely doesn’t play such important role like in the very
beginning of 18th century when Swedish king Charles XII stayed there
for one year until he began his fatal Russian campaign of 1708 concluded with
the defeat of Swedish army in the Battle of Poltava on 27 June 1709. You hardly
could meet a large crowd of tourists there. Just a few local lovers of history
or those who came from Sweden,
Poland or could
break the silence of Altranstädt castle. I couldn't help feeling like the time has
stopped in endless castle corridors with century-old oak floor for some
completely incomprehensible reason. Russia
In April 1945 the
Western Saxony was conquered by American troops, under
the command of General Patton. The Eastern Saxony,
at the same time, was occupied by Soviet troops. The agreement on post-war
occupation zones, during the Potsdam Conference, provided that the entire state
of Saxony would come under Soviet control. As
such, West Saxony was transferred to the
Soviet Zone, by the American occupation forces in July 1945.
During the Soviet occupation the castle was turned into dwelling-house except a few rooms where negotiations have taken place in 1706 and 1707. Soon after the German reunification the castle was declared a national monument and a small museum located in two rooms has been completed. Not long ago the castle has been renovated although still remains unknown for many Germans. You can see a few pictures taken in the castle a few weeks ago.
The Treaty of Altranstädt (1706) was concluded between Charles XII of
and Augustus the Strong of Saxony and Poland-Lithuania, on 13 October 1706. Augustus had to renounce his claims to the
Polish throne and his alliance with Sweden . Augustus the Strong made
peace with the Swedish Empire and accepted Stanisław Leszczyński as the Polish
king. Stanisław Leszczyński was crowned king of Russia on 4 October 1705. An allied
attempt to regain control in Poland-Lithuania was thwarted by Charles XII in
the Battle of Grodno and by Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld in the Battle of Fraustadt,
both in the first months of 1706.
The Treaty or Convention of Altranstädt was signed between Charles XII of
and Joseph I, Holy Roman
Emperor on 31 August 1707. It settled the rights of Protestants in Sweden . While the
Protestant Reformation had strongly affected Silesia , the Habsburg emperors had subjected
the province to the counter-reformation in the 18th century. Especially in Silesia Upper Silesia, these measures were successful: in the
early 18th century, almost half of the Silesian population was Roman Catholic
and some 1,000 churches had been rededicated from Protestant to Roman Catholic.
During the Great Northern War, Charles XII of Sweden had marched his armies
through Silesia and occupied the Electorate of Saxony, where he forced his
adversary, elector August the Strong, into the Treaty of Altranstädt (1706).
During his one year-long stay in the small town of Altranstädt near , Charles XII
negotiated a further treaty with the Habsburg emperor. Joseph I returned 125
churches to the Protestant communities and dispensed with any further
counter-reformatory policies. Three Protestant consistories were permitted,
restoring and stabilizing Silesian Lutheranism. Leipzig
Nowadays Altranstädt is a village in
a part of the Markranstädt district of Leipzig. The village is historically
famous for two treaties that were concluded there. Saxony, Germany