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Employees stand near pipes made for the South Stream pipeline at the OMK metal works in Vyksa in the Nizhny Novgorod region, April 15, 2014.

Employees stand near pipes made for the South Stream pipeline at the OMK metal works in Vyksa in the Nizhny Novgorod region, April 15, 2014.

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— Russia’s controversial South Stream pipeline, which would transport gas via the Black Sea into Europe towards the end of the decade, received support from Turkey on Wednesday when Ankara said it may let the conduit pass through its territory.

Turkey would consider granting access for the line if Moscow made such a request, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said.

The subject is one of a series of issues including increased gas supply, gas price revisions and nuclear power that Turkey and Russia are set to discuss during talks in Ankara next week, according to Turkish officials.

The future of the 2,400-km (1,490-mile) line from Russia via the Black Sea to Bulgaria and from there further into the European Union, avoiding Ukraine, has been cast into doubt because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

The Ukraine crisis has intensified EU efforts to reduce energy dependence on Russia, while Moscow has long sought to curb its reliance on Ukraine as the main pipeline route for sending Russian gas to Europe, its biggest market.

The European commissioner for energy, Guenther Oettinger, said in March that discussions with Russia over South Stream’s regulatory approval in the European Union were on hold.

The EU delay could offer an opportunity to Turkey, where gas demand is rising fast.

“We are open to assessing any request for the line to pass through Turkey’s territory,” Yildiz told reporters when asked about South Stream.

“It is said that there could be such a demand. If there is a request, we will consider it,” said Yildiz, due to hold talks with Alexander Medvedev, deputy head of Russian state-controlled Gazprom, in Ankara on Monday.

South Stream would carry around 60 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year to Europe towards the end of the decade, enough to meet more than 10 percent of its annual demand.

Officials said Russia’s annexation of Crimea created a risk for Turkey, noting 12.5 percent of its gas supplies passed through Ukraine, and that steps to prevent a supply problem could be on the agenda next week.

In a letter to European leaders last week, President Vladimir Putin warned Russia would cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not pay its bills and said this could lead to a reduction of onward deliveries to Europe.

To eliminate such transit risk for Turkey, Ankara proposes to have South Stream enter land in the Thrace region of northwest Turkey rather than Bulgaria, to avoid routing it directly from Russia into an EU country.

“That way Russia will be able to feed directly with the line the Marmara region of Turkey, which has the highest level of consumption,” said an analyst, who declined to be identified.

The construction of a second Blue Stream pipeline, complementing an existing one that runs under the Black Sea from Russia to central Turkey, could also come onto the agenda soon, sources close to the matter said.

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Ukraine Navy Flagship Takes Russia’s Side As Entire Navy Command Resigns! HUGE!

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Published on Mar 1, 2014

Make note that have already replaced all the navy commands top leaders, They have been completely infiltrated !!

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Ukrainian Navy flagship takes Russia’s side – report

Published time: March 01, 2014 21:11
Edited time: March 01, 2014 23:17

The Ukrainian Krivak class frigate Hetman Sahaydachny (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

The Ukrainian Krivak class frigate Hetman Sahaydachny (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

Ukraine’s Navy flagship, the Hetman Sahaidachny frigate, has reportedly refused to follow orders from Kiev, and come over to Russia’s side and is returning home after taking part in NATO operation in the Gulf of Aden flying the Russian naval flag.

There has been conflicting information on where exactly the vessel is, but a Russian senator has confirmed to Izvestia daily that the frigate defected to the Russian side.

Ukraine’s Navy flagship the Hetman Sahaidachny has come over to our side today. It has hung out the St Andrew’s flag,” Senator Igor Morozov, a member of the committee on the international affairs, told Izvestia daily.

He said the flagship is on its way back to the Black Sea after drills in the Mediterranean. “The crew has fulfilled the order by the chief commander of Ukraine’s armed forces Viktor Yanukovich,” he added.

 

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REPORT: Ukrainian Warship Defects To Russia

Ukrainian Navy flagship Hetman Sahaidachny has reportedly refused orders from Kiev and defected to the Russian side, a Russian senator has claimed in an interview with Ivestia Daily.”Ukraine’s Navy flagship the Hetman Sahaidachny has come over to our side today. It has hung out the St Andrew’s flag,” Sen. Igor Morozov, a member of the committee on the international affairs, told Izvestia. “The crew has fulfilled the order by the chief commander of Ukraine’s armed forces Viktor Yanukovych.”

 

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Yanukovych’s colossal ‘cottage’ by the sea dwarfs presidential palace.

Published: February 25, 2014, 4:02 pm
Updated: 35 mins ago

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Lapsi, Ukraine, February 25, 2014 — A partial view of a staggering 8,000 square metre residence that deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was building for himself along the Black Sea in the restive Crimean Peninsula. Work stopped on the project on Monday when workers figured out that Yanulovych, who is facing charges of mass murder, would never pay them.

LAPSI, Ukraine — Ukrainians were stunned by the opulent grandeur of Viktor Yanukovych’s presidential palace when the doors were thrown open last Saturday, hours after the deposed leader fled for parts unknown ahead of formal charges this week accusing him of mass murder.

If those who gazed in wonder at the palace in Kyiv could have traveled safely to the primarily Russian Crimean Peninsula — where ethnic Ukrainians from the north are cursed and reviled at the moment for having toppled the old, pro-Moscow order — they might have had an even bigger shock at what is being built on a remote mountainside.

Another grotesque monument to Yanukovych’s vanity and venality, with a commanding view of the sea, has been slowly rising for the past three years about 30 kilometres from the port city of Sevastopol. Or at least it had been until workers abruptly began to cart away building materials on Monday because, as several of them said, “nobody has told us anything, but we understand that everything is now frozen and we won’t get paid.”

A handful of Ukrainians and journalists was allowed into the massive work site Tuesday. What they saw was a villa so colossal that, at a guess, it was four or five times the size of the huge residence in Kyiv that provoked such disgust when the common folk were allowed inside to gawk.

A Russian website guessed that the “cottage” by the sea was about 8,000 square metres. It looked to be about six months to a year from being completed. But it was already possible to see that the basketball court-sized living room was about 20 metres high and includes a massive fireplace. Many of the floors have a network of wires running underneath to heat them.

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Yanukovych crosses Ukraine, looking for refuge

By JIM HEINTZ

Associated Press

— With his allies deserting him and his once-firm presidential power disintegrating, Viktor Yanukovych has fled Ukraine’s capital by car and aircraft, heading for the parts of the country where he is most likely to find friends, according to the acting head of the police.

On Monday, as Yanukovych’s exact whereabouts remained unknown, acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakhov posted on his official Facebook page a rundown of where Yanukovych has been sighted since leaving Kiev on Friday.

His departure came hours after signing an agreement on resolving Ukraine’s political crisis that reduced his powers and was seen by many as a tacit admission of defeat.

Avakhov said a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Yanukovych and several other officials for the “mass killing of civilians,” stemming from the deaths of protesters in Kiev.

Here’s a look at Yanukovych’s movements since Friday, based on one TV appearance and the account by Avakhov:

A TV INTERVIEW IN KHARKIV

Yanukovych surfaced Saturday in the city of Kharkiv, 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Kiev, in the heartland of his base of support. In a videotaped interview, he bitterly likened opposition protesters to Nazis and declared he was still president and would not leave the country. That was his last public appearance.

FOILED AT THE AIRPORT IN DONETSK

From Kharkiv, Avakhov said Yanukovych, his chief of staff Andrit Klyuyev and his security guards flew Saturday by helicopter to the airport in Donetsk, his hometown, 230 kilometers (140 miles) to the south. There, he and his contingent transferred to two Falcon business jets and tried to fly off, but were prevented from leaving by border guards.

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Seeking Viktor Yanukovych: A rundown of sightings in Ukraine

Jim Heintz, The Associated Press
Published Monday, February 24, 2014 11:10AM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 24, 2014 5:59PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine — With his allies deserting him and his once-firm presidential power disintegrating, Viktor Yanukovych has fled Ukraine’s capital by car and aircraft, heading for the parts of the country where he is most likely to find friends, according to the acting head of the police.

On Monday, as Yanukovych’s exact whereabouts remained unknown, acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakhov posted on his official Facebook page a rundown of where Yanukovych has been sighted since leaving Kyiv on Friday.

His departure came hours after signing an agreement on resolving Ukraine’s political crisis that reduced his powers and was seen by many as a tacit admission of defeat.

Avakhov said a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Yanukovich and several other officials for the “mass killing of civilians,” stemming from the deaths of protesters in Kyiv.

Here’s a look at Yanukovych’s movements since Friday, based on one TV appearance and the account by Avakhov:

A TV interview in Kharkiv

Yanukovych surfaced Saturday in the city of Kharkiv, 400 kilometres east of Kyiv, in the heartland of his base of support. In a videotaped interview, he bitterly likened opposition protesters to Nazis and declared he was still president and would not leave the country. That was his last public appearance.

Foiled at the airport in Donetsk

From Kharkiv, Avakhov said Yanukovych, his chief of staff Andrit Klyuyev and his security guards flew Saturday by helicopter to the airport in Donetsk, his hometown, 230 kilometres to the south. There, he and his contingent transferred to two Falcon business jets and tried to fly off, but were prevented from leaving by border guards. Avakhov did not explain the basis for guards blocking the planes’ departure. Yanukovych spent a few hours in a state residence and then left about 10 p.m. in a convoy of automobiles, Avakhov said.

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Russia’s ‘carrier-killer’ Moskva enters Mediterranean

Published time: September 11, 2013 15:18
Edited time: September 12, 2013 11:14

Missile cruiser "Moskva" (RIA Novosti/Vitaliy Ankov)

Missile cruiser “Moskva” (RIA Novosti/Vitaliy Ankov)

Russia’s Moskva missile cruiser, dubbed a “carrier-killer” by NATO, has passed through the Straits of Gibraltar and is now heading toward the eastern Mediterranean to assume command of the Russian naval force there.

The Russian Navy said in a statement that the Moskva cruiser passed through the Straits of Gibraltar on September 10.

Interfax news agency added that the Moskva cruiser, “commanded by Sergey Tronev, Captain 1st Rank of the Guards… has enough room for maneuver now.”

“The Black Sea flagship entered the Russian Navy’s area of responsibility in the Mediterranean at 11:00 pm Moscow time yesterday,” the agency reported a military source as saying.

The missile-carrying cruiser is expected to join its final destination in eastern Mediterranean on September 15 or 16.

Upon arrival, the command of the Russian Navy unit in the Mediterranean, currently stationed onboard the Admiral Panteleyev anti-submarine ship, will be relocated to the Moskva.

“The armaments and technical equipment of the missile cruiser are in working condition. The crew is ready to perform combat missions,” the source said.

Missile cruiser "Moskva" belonging to Russia's Black Sea Fleet firing anti-aircraft missiles during joint drills with other fleets. (RIA Novosti/Vitaliy Ankov)

The missile cruiser, initially known to Western naval intelligence as “Slava” (Glory), was launched in 1979 and entered service in 1983. It was later renamed the “Moskva” in 1995. Designed to be carrier-killers, the cruisers of Class 1164 are equipped with 16 anti-ship launchers P-1000 Vulkan, or Volcano (SS-N-12 Sandbox anti-ship missiles, according to NATO classification).

Another two vessels, the landing ship Nikolay Filchenkov and the guard ship Smetlivy, will join the Russian naval unit later. They will be pass through the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits by September 12-14 and will then head to the eastern Mediterranean.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has said the maneuvers are part of the “stage-by-stage rotation of warships and support ships of the standing naval force in the Mediterranean.”

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Earth Watch Report  –  Biological Hazards

 

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30.11.2012 Biological Hazard Russia [Asia] Krasnodarskiy, Anapa Damage level
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Biological Hazard in Russia [Asia] on Friday, 30 November, 2012 at 15:27 (03:27 PM) UTC.

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Around 4,000 wild ducks have been found dead in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, officials said on Friday, blaming H5 bird flu for the mass deaths. “This is the H5 virus, the strain is being confirmed,” a spokeswoman for the Krasnodar region branch of Russian agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said. The birds’ remains were now being tested, she added. The dead birds have been found on lakes near the Black Sea resort town of Anapa. The region has gone on high alert, with poultry and humans now being vaccinated. “All of these are protective measures, it’s better to be on the safe side,” the spokeswoman added.
Biohazard name: H5Nx
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
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Record-Breaking Expedition To
The World’s Deepest Cave Known As ‘Everest Of The Caves’
 


MessageToEagle.com – A wonderful and considered the deepest cave in the world was recently visited and explored by cave explorers of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The cave, known as Krubera-Voronya, is considered the “Everest of the caves”. The total length of cave passages reaches 13,232 m, the depth is -2,191 m. It’s located in Abkhazia in the south of Russia near the Black Sea.

The cavers, Boaz Langford, Leonid Fagin, Vladimir Buslov and Yuval Elmaliach, went on the exploration mission as part of an international delegation organized by the Ukrainian Speleological Association. Cave explorers from nine countries were part of the mission, including those from Russia, Spain, Britain and Lebanon.


Click on image to enlargeKrubera-Voronja Cave holds the title of being the deepest cave on the earth. Krubera-Voronja Cave is located in Arabika Massif,Georgia. According to professional and expert cavers the depth of this massive cave is 2191 meters (7188 feet)
Prof. Amos Frumkin, of the Department of Geography at the Hebrew University, who heads the university’s cave research unit, said the purpose of the venture was to break the world’s record for cave exploration – an achievement reached when a Ukrainian researcher reached a depth of 2,196 meters beneath the earth’s surface, five meters deeper than the previous record.


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The approach to the extreme depths of the cave was accomplished, using ropes, through a complex of pathways determined on the basis of water streaming through the cave.

Some of the spelunkers had to dive through frigid water (two degrees Celsius) in order to reach the deepest sections of the cave.


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While they were in the cave, the explorers were subject to some unexpected developments: a flash underground flood, forcing them to remain isolated from any contacts for about 30 hours. In a nearby cave, a complex evacuation of an explorer from another team took place. He was killed during the expedition.

The Israeli explorers worked at depths of from 500 to 2,080 meters before the earth’s surface.In doing so, they broke a number of Israeli records for cave exploration.The 2,080 figure is the deepest any Israeli spelunkers have ever achieved.

This was also the deepest point ever reached in the world without having to resort to technical diving techniques.

Leonid Fagin of the Israeli delegation was in the cave for 24 consecutive days, the longest any Israeli has ever spent in one underground exploration.

 

Langford, who does measurement and mapping of caves for the Hebrew University cave research unit, commented:

“The preparations for expeditions such as this are extensive and involve a lot of mental preparation. I have tried for some years to join this exploration effort, and I am glad I finally succeeded.

One of the exciting findings of our work there was to discover a new species of transparent fish living in water of two degrees and at a depth of two thousand meters.”


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“Cave exploration is an area in which people have to work together, since descending into the depths requires a great deal of teamwork, especially in a cave as complex as Krubera,” said Prof. Frumkin.

“The basic purpose of cave exploration is first and foremost to understand the cave, its underground water system, its geological development and the ancient climate which existed on earth. One of the interesting questions at Krubera-Voronya was how the cave reached such a great depth, and the assumption is that this is connected with lower levels of the Black Sea in the past.

Frumkin said that beyond such scientific importance, many cave explorers are engaged in this work because of the personal challenge and the adventurous aspect of the work.

“One has to remember that caves are the last place in the world where it is still possible to be the first human to tread on unexplored territory,” he said.

Original source: – here

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