Sunday, 14 September 2014

Ukrainian troops given WWII-era weapons

The Ukrainian troops involved in the war in the south-east of the country, were armed with WWII-era weapons. Adviser to Ukrainian President, Yury Biryukov, said that the weapons, though old, had plenty of ammunition, reports Lifenews. "There were grenade launchers AGS-17 "Flame" and mortars BM-37 produced in 1943). There was also a 23-mm twin anti-aircraft gun, produced in 1963. It was originally designed to combat aircraft, but once installed on the "Ural" and "KamAZ" vehicles, it obtains new powerful functions," the official said. Biryukov thanked the military leadership of Ukraine for provided weapons, saying "we will take what gives, at least, and repair it." "They gave plenty of ammunition, a lot. The weapons are old and they need to be repaired, but guys learn to work powerfully and accurately," wrote Poroshenko's advisor on his webpage.

Ukrainian troops given WWII-era weapons

The Ukrainian troops involved in the war in the south-east of the country, were armed with WWII-era weapons. Adviser to Ukrainian President, Yury Biryukov, said that the weapons, though old, had plenty of ammunition, reports Lifenews. "There were grenade launchers AGS-17 "Flame" and mortars BM-37 produced in 1943). There was also a 23-mm twin anti-aircraft gun, produced in 1963. It was originally designed to combat aircraft, but once installed on the "Ural" and "KamAZ" vehicles, it obtains new powerful functions," the official said. Biryukov thanked the military leadership of Ukraine for provided weapons, saying "we will take what gives, at least, and repair it." "They gave plenty of ammunition, a lot. The weapons are old and they need to be repaired, but guys learn to work powerfully and accurately," wrote Poroshenko's advisor on his webpage.

Russia may cut supplies of electric power to Ukraine

The Russian authorities may limit supplies of electricity to regions of Ukraine, should ongoing disruptions in supplies of electricity in the Crimea continue, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. "Separate parts of Ukraine are energy deficient and they receive electricity from Russia. Whoever takes not very smart decisions to restrict supplies of electricity to the Crimea should understand that symmetrical measures are possible," Medvedev said in an interview with the Vedomosti newspaper. On September 3, Ukrinterenergo limited supplies of electricity to the Crimea because of the shortage of fuel in regions of Ukraine. Limits on the power flow from the power system of Ukraine to the Crimea vary depending on time of the day. Should Crimean consumers fail to comply with the limits, Ukrinterenergo warned of possible total shutdown of the peninsula from the Ukrainian system of electricity supplies, Rosbalt said.

Russia starts naval exercises at Caspian Sea

The group of ships of the Caspian Flotilla, as well as naval combat aircraft of the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) and Air Force of the Southern Military District set off Wednesday for tactical naval exercises with the use of all types of naval weapons in the face of strong counter-resistance of an imaginary enemy, the press service of the Southern Military District said. The exercises involve about 15 warships and support vessels, more than 50 pieces of hardware and about a thousand servicemen of the Caspian Flotilla. Actions of the imaginary enemy are conducted by BSF naval aviation and attack aircraft of the Southern Military District, consisting of two Su-25SM fighter jets and Be-12 aircraft. The exercises are being conducted according to schedule, in accordance with the plan of activities of the forces of the Caspian Flotilla for 2014 academic year.

Russia wants Apple to change technical policy

Russia's Ministry of Communications does not exclude "tougher inspections" of imports of Apple smartphones in connection with the company's policy with regard to regional Russian operators, Minister of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, Nikolay Nikiforov said, ITAR-TASS reports. "An important question that we address to Apple, is that they do not activate the support of several small LTE networks in Russia, from which they arranged a strange cult," said the head of the ministry. Some Russian operators, the minister said, "have to queue to Apple to pass strange tests." Therefore, the Ministry of Communications of Russia expects that Apple will change its operational and technical policy accordingly. However, continued Nikiforov, "if the company does not notice that, we will have to apply tough regulation - we will launch more stringent checks to ensure that all imported phones support all networks operating in the Russian Federation." The Minister noted that he stands for the free use of various technologies. "From our side, there are no obstacles to sell the new iPhone," he said. The price of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Russia will range from 31.99 thousand rubles to 46.99 thousand rubles ($864-$1,270), according to the Russian version of Apple's website. To place orders for new smartphones from Apple will be possible in Russia from September 26. Apple introduced new smartphones on 9 September. The company declined the idea to release budget models and focused on competition with Samsung, which produces smartphones with large screens.

Poroshenko hopes to turn Ukraine into Poland

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the bill on the special status for certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions provides for the transfer of power from the center at the capacity, similar to the same practice in Poland. "Some are concerned about the draft law on the special status for separate regions of Donetsk and Luhansk region, but the bill carries no threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," he said. "The transfer of power to the local level will be carried out at about the same capacity, as was done in respect of local authorities in Poland," he said. Local authorities will be able to decide on the language status and distribution of regional budget expenditures, the president said, ITAR-TASS reports. He also pointed out the need for early local elections in Luhansk and Donetsk regions, so that "there are people, who will represent the residents of these regions." "I hope that the Parliament will support this bill," said Poroshenko. Commenting on the prospects for the amnesty bill, Poroshenko said that the bill "would apply only to those, who have not committed serious crimes, and the adoption of this bill will create opportunities for a dialogue." Meanwhile, Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko doubts that Kiev's proposed special status for the Donbass may reflect the spirit of Minsk agreements. "We have not seen the document so far, but I suspect that we simply will not perceive it, as it is unlikely to correspond to the agreements achieved in Minsk," he said in a live radio broadcast of Kommersant FM radio station. "We would agree only for the recognition of independence, for a compromise, provided for the recognition of independence, - said Zakharchenko. - A special status does not suit us." Responding to a question about what areas remain now under the control of militias forces, the prime minister said: "More than a half of the Donetsk region." "But we will ask for the territories within the former boundaries of the Donetsk region, - he said. - The armistice was signed on the condition of withdrawal of Ukrainian troops

Wall between Ukraine and Russia may damage flora and fauna

Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee for Science and High Technology, Mikhail Degtyarev, (LDPR) asked the Russian Ministry for Nature and the World Wildlife Fund to estimate the potential environmental damage from Ukraine's plans to build a wall on the border with Russia. "Ukrainian leaders do not think either of their people or of their nature, but we must think of them. The American propaganda can divide people, but it can not divide nature. Ecologists need to understand what Prime Minister Yatsenyuk has decided to do on the border to assess the potential damage to flora and fauna, as the madman has to be stopped, the official said, the Izvestia newspaper wrote. According to RT, the plans of the Ukrainian leadership to build a wall on the border with Russia can cause considerable damage to the flora and fauna of five Russian regions, along which large-scale construction work is planned. The construction will prevent the migration of animals and can significantly affect the flora and fauna of the area. The length of the border between Russia and Ukraine is about 2,300 kilometers. According to statements from the Kiev authorities, the construction of ditches and the wall will be carried out on the section of 1,500 kilometers of the border with Russia.