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US and Russia ministers in Paris talks on Ukraine
30 March 2014 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have arrived in Paris for crisis talks on Ukraine. The meeting was hastily arranged after President Vladimir Putin phoned President Barack Obama on Friday. Russia has annexed Crimea and there are reports of thousands of Russian troops massed close to Ukraine's borders. Earlier Mr Lavrov set out demands for a neutral and federal Ukraine, an idea Kiev called 'full capitulation'. However, Mr Lavrov has categorically denied any plans for an invasion. (more)

As Ukraine tensions ease, markets buoyant
26 March 2014 - Global stocks were buoyant Wednesday as tensions in Ukraine continued to ease and investors anticipated further stimulus measures, particularly from the monetary authorities in China. Further solid US economic data also reinforced hopes over the outlook for the world's largest economy. (more)

Ukraine peace deal signed, opens way for early election
21 February 2014 - Ukraine's opposition leaders signed an EU-mediated peace deal with President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday, opening the way for an early presidential election this year. Under pressure to quit from mass demonstrations in Kiev, Russian-backed Yanukovich made a series of concessions to pro-European opponents, including a national unity government and constitutional change to reduce his powers, as well as bringing forward the poll. (more)

Ukraine to open Embassy in Albania
7 December 2012 - During the 9th meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Dublin, Ukrainian foreign minister Kostyantyn Hryshchenko met with Albanian foreign minister Edmond Panariti and agreed on continued cooperation. Ukraine has decided to open the Ukrainian Embassy in Albania, which will contribute to further development of the Ukrainian-Albanian cooperation, agreed the two foreign ministers. (more)

Portugal-based Martifer Solar agrees first project in Ukraine
26 October 2012 - Portugal-based project developer Martifer Solar has signed an EPC contract with Green Agro Service for the construction of a 4.5MW PV project in Ukraine. The deal represents Martifer Solar's first major project in the Ukraine where it has opened a subsidiary. Martifer Solar told PV-Tech the photovoltaic plant would be located in Porogi, in the Vinnytsia region of the Ukraine. (more)

Ukraine gets green go-ahead
11 October 2012 - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is providing €5.7 million to help finance the development, design, construction, and operation of a new solar power plant in Ukraine. The new facility will be a 4.5 MW plant located in the Vinnitsa region of the eastern European country and will be developed by Green Agro Service LLC. (more)

Ukraine's DTEK opens wind power station in south of country
5 October 2012 - DTEK, Ukraine's largest private coal and power producer, opened a wind power station on 4 October in the south of the country. The first 19 wind power turbines have been installed in Botievo in the region of Zaporizhzhya and 11 more will be added before the end of 2012, Kiev-based DTEK said in a statement. (more)

Ukraine: Activ Solar completes 21.5 MW PV park
26 September 2012 - Activ Solar has completed yet another photovoltaic plant in the Ukraine. This time, the first 21.52 MW phase of its 43.14 MWp Dunayskaya Solar Power Station has been commissioned. Located in the southern part of the Odessa region, the Austrian solar company expects to finish the project by the end of next month. Activ Solar has already completed a 42.95 MWp photovoltaic park in the Odessa region this July, and has installed more than 200 MW in the Ukraine overall. (more)

Ukraine: Phase two of solar plant completed
10 July 2012 - Adding yet more capacity to its Ukrainian photovoltaic portfolio, Austrian company Activ Solar has completed the second and final phase of its 42.95 MW plant in the Odessa region. Overall, the plant has been erected across 80 hectares of land and is comprised of 185,952 multicrystalline photovoltaic modules and 41 inverters. It will reportedly generate 54,106 megawatt hours of electricity annually -- enough to meet the needs of around 11,000 households. (more)

Ukrainian students develop gloves that translate sign language into speech
9 July 2012 - There are currently about 40 million deaf, mute, and deaf-mute people and many of them use sign language to communicate, but there are very few people who actually understand sign language -- but that is about to change thanks to a Microsoft Imagine Cup project called EnableTalk by the Ukrainian team QuadSquad. Using gloves fitted with flex sensors, touch sensors, gyroscopes, and accelerometers (as well as some solar cells to increase battery life) the EnableTalk team has built a system that can translate sign language into text and then into spoken words using a text-to-speech engine. The whole system then connects to a smartphone over Bluetooth. (more)


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'A New Proven Way to Create Peace in Ukraine' - article featuring Invincible Defence Technology republished worldwide
21 March 2014 - The English-language version of an article titled 'A New Proven Way to Create Peace in Ukraine' continues to be picked up and reprinted worldwide. Two recent publications are Iran Almanac and Palm Tree Reports (Sierra Leone)--where the lead article headline featured on the home page currently reads: 'GLOBAL PEACE WITHOUT DEADLY CONFLICTS: A New Proven Way to Create Peace in Ukraine'. The article describes the 'scientifically verified, military field-tested approach to reducing turmoil known as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT).' The article also features a photo with the caption, 'Military personnel in Latin America, Africa, and Asia practise group Transcendental Meditation to help protect their nations.' (more)

A new proven way to create peace in Ukraine
4 March 2014 - During the last two months, Ukrainians have witnessed a highly volatile political situation unfolding in their country. Tensions continue rising as Russia intervenes in Crimea. World leaders search for ways to prevent tensions from further escalating. What can be done to find a peaceful solution to this serious crisis? Mykola L Didukh, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, and Dr David Leffler, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science in the USA, report that many countries around the world have shown growing interest in a novel but scientifically verified, militarily field-tested approach to reducing turmoil. Among military circles worldwide, this approach is known as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT). The military of Ukraine has the opportunity today through IDT to prevent further turmoil and to create national security, invincibility, and peace. But the time to act is now. (more)

Ukraine: Creating coherence and harmony in collective consciousness for peace and unity in the nation
3 March 2014 - At this critical time for Ukraine, when the country is going through a major transformation which opens unprecedented possibilities for unfolding its vast potential, an initiative has been started to enliven the evolutionary power of natural law in collective consciousness, to secure a smooth and peaceful transition into a new era of progress, happiness, and unity for the nation. The project aims to create a wave of positivity, coherence, and harmony in collective consciousness through the scientifically proven, practical application of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic Science and Technology. Efforts are underway to quickly establish a group of 100 practitioners of Transcendental Meditation and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, in Kiev. The long term objective is to expand this group to 700--the required number (about the square root of 1% of the population) to create the Maharishi Effect of coherence and peace for the entire nation of 46 million citizens. (more)

South Africa radio interviews Dr David Leffler about Invincible Defence Technology to reduce violence in Ukraine
22 February 2014 - As political turmoil erupted in violence earlier this week in Kiev, Ukraine, Dr David Leffler, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science, was interviewed on the Voice of the Cape radio show, based in Capetown, South Africa. In the indepth interview, host Shafiq Morton focused on Invincible Defence Technology (IDT), the topic of Dr Leffler's recent editorial, 'Proven strategy to prevent turmoil in Ukraine', which was published in a number of venues in Ukraine, the USA, Canada, and Asia. Dr Leffler described IDT as a highly effective approach which has been successfully implemented in countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, and which scientific research has shown to reduce social stress and violence, even in war-torn areas. (more)

Proven strategy to prevent turmoil in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Croatian Information Centre reports on Invincible Defence Technology
15 February 2014 - 'In the 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered severe violence and conflict. Tensions have risen again. . . . If tensions continue rising, their resulting turmoil might further escalate into war yet again,' write Major General Kulwant Singh (Indian Army, retired) and Dr David Leffler in the Croatian Information Centre. The authors go on to say, 'Further unrest could be prevented if the military of Bosnia and Herzegovina acts now and implements a proven strategy. A new technology of defense is available that has been scientifically shown to prevent unrest, conflict and create peace by harnessing the deepest level of nature's functioning. . . . Among military circles worldwide it is known as Invincible Defence Technology (IDT).' Maj. Gen. Singh leads an international group of generals and defence experts that advocates Invincible Defence Technology. (more)

Ukraine: Year's highlights include Consciousness-Based Education, heart-health benefits of Transcendental Meditation
29 July 2013 - In Ukraine this past year, the health benefits of Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care were highlighted, through the visit of Lothar Pirc, founder and managing director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems, Germany. Mr Pirc gave a presentation on Maharishi Ayur-Veda to a large audience, and also held a press conference announcing important news from the American Heart Association. The AHA issued a scientific statement in April, published in the journal Hypertension, informing doctors that the Transcendental Meditation technique lowers blood pressure and recommending that TM may be considered in clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of hypertension. (more)

Ukraine: Leader of Cossacks welcomes president of Maharishi University of Management
12 July 2013 - In addition to meeting with educators during his visit to Ukraine this year, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, also met with local practitioners of Transcendental Meditation. In the group was Volodymyr Mulyava, Honoured Getman, or leader, of the Ukraine Kozaks (Cossacks). Mr Mulyava practises Transcendental Meditation and holds the title Honoured President of the Maharishi Movement in Ukraine. Dr Morris described Mr Mulyava as a man of great insight and wisdom. (more)

Ukraine: Orthodox priest appointed national director of religion and culture for Maharishi's programmes
2 December 2011 - The organization offering Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes in Ukraine has appointed archpriest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Yuri Tymoshchuk, its national director of religion and culture. Transcendental Meditation teachers and practitioners in Ukraine expressed confidence that the work of the Orthodox priest 'in this important position will bring prosperity and full implementation of the highest aspirations of religious and cultural integrity of every citizen of Ukraine and the whole country.' (more)

Vastu architectural design to support students in and out of the classroom
26 May 2011 - The Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture) design for a proposed new innovative school is laid out to support students in each part of their day, including classes, independent study, group practice of Transcendental Meditation, and meals. (more)

Innovative school plans feature sustainability
26 May 2011 - Sustainability is a key feature in architectural plans for an innovative school designed according to Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture) to create an ideal learning environment. (more)


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Russia is quick to bend truth about Ukraine
16 April 2014 - Misinformation, exaggerations, conspiracy theories, overheated rhetoric and, occasionally, outright lies about the political crisis in Ukraine have emanated from the highest echelons of the Kremlin and reverberated on state-controlled Russian television, hour after hour, day after day, week after week. It is an extraordinary propaganda campaign that political analysts say reflects a new brazenness on the part of Russian officials. And in recent days, it has largely succeeded -- at least for Russia's domestic audience -- in painting a picture of chaos and danger in eastern Ukraine, although it was pro-Russian forces themselves who created it by seizing public buildings and setting up roadblocks. In essence, Moscow's state-controlled news media outlets are loudly and incessantly calling on Ukraine and the international community to calm a situation that Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union say the Kremlin is doing its best to destabilize. To make matter worse, there is no question that the new Ukrainian government and its Western allies, including the United States, have engaged in their own misinformation efforts at times, with officials in Kiev making bold pronouncements in recent days of enforcement efforts that never materialized. On Tuesday, some American officials were spreading unverified photographs allegedly showing Russian rocket launchers carried by pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine. (more)

Ukraine officer killed in gunbattle in east
13 April 2014 - Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with a pro-Russia militia in an eastern city Sunday, with at least one security officer killed and five others wounded. It was the first reported gunbattle in eastern Ukraine, where armed pro-Russia men have seized a number of government buildings in recent days. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a Facebook post that a Security Service officer was killed in Slovyansk, where the police station and the Security Service office were seized a day earlier by camouflaged armed men. He also reported a number of casualties among the militia, but did not offer a number. Unrest has spread to several municipalities in eastern Ukraine, including the major industrial city of Donetsk, which has a large Russian-speaking population. Donetsk was also the support base for Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian president ousted in February following months of protests in Kiev, the capital, that were ignited by his decision to back away from closer relations with the European Union and turn toward Russia. Ethnic Russians in Ukraine's east widely fear that the new pro-Western Ukrainian government will suppress them. On Saturday in Donetsk, the regional capital, witnesses said the men who entered the police building were wearing the uniforms of the Berkut, the feared riot police squad that was disbanded in February after Yanukovych's ouster. Berkut officers' violent dispersal of a demonstration in Kiev in November set off the mass protests that culminated in bloodshed in February when more than 100 people died in sniper fire. The acting government says the snipers were police. (more)

Risk of 'gas war' grows as Ukraine halts payments to Russia
12 April 2014 - Ukraine said on Saturday it was suspending payments to Russia for deliveries of gas, ratcheting up the tension in a standoff that has the potential to leave European Union states cut off from the Russian gas supplies on which they depend. In eastern Ukraine, where groups of pro-Russian activists have been emboldened by the Kremlin's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, a band of armed men in mismatched camouflage outfits seized a police station in the town of Slaviansk. Russia and Ukraine have been locked in confrontation since protests in Kiev forced the Moscow-backed president from office, and the Kremlin sent troops into Crimea. Now, the gas dispute threatens to spread the impact across Europe. A large proportion of the natural gas which EU states buy from Russia is pumped via Ukrainian territory, so if Russia makes good on a threat to cut off Ukraine for non-payment of its bills, customers further west will have supplies disrupted. Andriy Kobolev, chief executive of Ukraine's state-run energy company Naftogaz, said the increased price Russia was demanding for its gas was unjustified and unacceptable. The dispute over Ukraine, precipitated by the overthrow of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich after he rejected closer ties to the EU, has brought Russia's relations with the West to their most fraught state since the end of the Cold War in 1991. (more)

NATO satellite photos show Russian military buildup near Ukraine
10 April 2014 - NATO presented satellite photographs on Thursday it said showed Russian deployments of 40,000 troops near the Ukrainian frontier along with tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery and aircraft ready for action. 'This is a force that is very capable, at high readiness, and, as we have illustrated through the imagery, is close to routes and lines of communication,' British Brigadier Gary Deakin said at a briefing at NATO military headquarters at Mons in southern Belgium. 'It has the resources to be able to move quickly into Ukraine if it was ordered to do so,' he said. If Russian political leaders took a decision to send forces into Ukraine, the first Russian forces could be on the move within 12 hours. An official in the Russian military general staff said the NATO satellite photographs were taken in August 2013, state-run news agency RIA reported. (more)

Separatists build barricades in east Ukraine, Kiev warns of force
9 April 2014 - Pro-Russian separatists reinforced barricades around the state security building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on Wednesday and called on President Vladimir Putin for help after the government warned it could use force to restore order. Tensions have risen in the mainly Russian-speaking east since the overthrow of Ukraine's Moscow-backed president and the installation of a new pro-European government. 'Of course we must ask Russia to take us in because I don't see an alternative,' said a man dressed in camouflage who gave his name as Vasiliy and said he was the commandant of the building. 'Putin help us!' he said. Sandbags and wooden crates were piled near the entrance of the building to defend it against the police. Men with rifles could be seen through broken windows above. Local police spokeswoman Tatyana Pogukai said protesters had found an arsenal of weapons within the building. Protesters say they have 200-300 Kalashnikov automatic rifles. 'The situation is so tense and complex that one stray word might cause a flare-up,' said Oleksandr Yefremov, a lawmaker from the most popular political party in the east, the Party of Regions. (more)

Pro-Moscow protesters seize arms, declare republic; Kiev fears invasion
7 April 2014 - Pro-Moscow protesters in eastern Ukraine seized arms in one city and declared a separatist republic in another, in moves Kiev described on Monday as part of a Russian-orchestrated plan to justify an invasion to dismember the country. Kiev said the overnight seizure of public buildings in three cities in eastern Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking industrial heartland were a replay of events in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Moscow seized and annexed last month. 'An anti-Ukrainian plan is being put into operation ... under which foreign troops will cross the border and seize the territory of the country,' Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said in public remarks to his cabinet. 'We will not allow this.' Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on March 1, a week after Yanukovich was overthrown, that Moscow had the right to take military action in Ukraine to protect Russian speakers, creating the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. Russia has been pushing internationally a plan proposing the 'federalisation' of Ukraine in which regions of the country of 46 million would have broad powers of autonomy. Ukraine, drawing up its own plan for 'de-centralisation' in which municipalities would retain a portion of state taxes, says the Russian proposal is aimed at carving it up. (more)

Ukraine crisis could affect global anti-atom bomb pact - UN
24 March 2014 - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned international leaders on Monday that the Ukraine crisis could have profound implications for the integrity of a global treaty designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Ukraine gave up its Soviet-era nuclear arsenal under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, which it signed together with Britain, United States and Russia. It provided guarantees of Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for a commitment, since fulfilled, to give up the country's nuclear weapons. Russia, however, has seized and annexed Ukraine's Russian-majority region of Crimea following the fall in February of Ukraine's pro-Russian president after months of mass protests. Ban's comments suggested concern that events in Ukraine could make some countries more reluctant to give up any nuclear weapons capabilities, or tempt others to pursue them. In his speech on nuclear security and other issues, Ban did not single out any side by name. He said commitments to undertake disarmament negotiations in good faith must be honoured and added: 'So, too, must security assurances provided to non-nuclear-weapon states by nuclear-weapon states.' (more)

Key events in Ukraine's political crisis
16 March 2014 - The following article relates key events in Ukraine's political crisis. (more)

West prepares sanctions as Russia presses on with Crimea takeover
14 March 2014 - Dozens of Russians linked to Russia's gradual takeover of Crimea could face US and EU travel bans and asset freezes on Monday, after six hours of crisis talks between Washington and Moscow ended with both sides still far apart. Moscow shipped more troops and armour into Crimea on Friday and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine in response to violence in Donetsk on Thursday night despite Western demands to pull back. EU diplomats will choose from a long list of 120-130 possible Russian targets for sanctions on Sunday, as pro-Moscow authorities who have taken power in Crimea hold a vote to join Russia in the worst East-West confrontation since the Cold War. US Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia would be guilty of a backdoor annexation of Crimea if its parliament ratified the Crimea referendum, which is taking place after an armed takeover of Crimea and gives voters no chance to say 'no'. (more)

Russia holds war games near Ukraine; Merkel warns of catastrophe
13 March 2014 - Russia launched new military exercises near its border with Ukraine on Thursday, showing no sign of backing down on plans to annex its neighbour's Crimea region despite a stronger than expected drive for sanctions from the EU and United States. In an unusually robust and emotional speech, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of 'catastrophe' unless Russia changes course, while a man was killed in Ukraine in fighting between rival protesters in a mainly Russian-speaking city. Russia has taken territory from its former Soviet neighbours in the past with no serious consequences -- in 2008 it invaded Georgia and seized two breakaway regions. But if Putin was hoping for a similarly tepid response this time, he may have misjudged. In particular, he seems to have alienated Merkel, the Western leader with whom Putin, a German speaker who was once a KGB spy in East Germany, has had the closest relationship. Merkel was initially more cautious than other Western leaders on the Crimean crisis, but in recent days she has pushed the European Union to match US sanctions. EU action is critical because Europe does 10 times as much trade with Russia as the United States, buying most of its gas and oil exports. (more)

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