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The Farmbox is 9.3m longThe Farmbox is 9.3m long

“Having your own eggs and knowing where the food comes from is really important, especially in cities,” says Bob Segers, project designer at Studio Segers in Belgium. So he has produced the Daily Needs farmbox, a modular kit that neatly incorporates a chicken coop and vegetable planter into a linear design slim enough to fit the narrowest of plots.

The pine box is composed of interchangeable compartments, so a farmer can purchase three vegetable boxes to latch together, or a string of coops, for instance. Next year, Studio Segers will be selling flat-pack versions across Europe. Future iterations will include a composting bin, a greenhouse, a rainwater collection point and a rabbit hutch. Hen-rearing instructions not included.

The farm that comes as flatpack furniture

Wired UK

Poroshenko: ‘Russian society is full of aggression today’


Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko delivers a speech to the Council of Europe parliamentary assembly in Strasbourg, eastern France, on June 26, 2014.Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko delivers a speech to the Council of Europe parliamentary assembly in Strasbourg, eastern France, on June 26, 2014. © AFP

Note: Here is the full text of the speech given by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko at the Council of Europe parliamentary assembly in Strasbourg, eastern France, on June 26, as published on the president’s official website.

Madam President!

Dear Secretary General!

Dear members of the Assembly!

Dear participants!

Thank you for the invitation to speak to the Assembly.

I am grateful for the opportunity to convey to this respected forum the voice of the Ukrainian people from different parts of Ukraine – eastern and western, northern and southern, free and occupied.

Only a month has passed since the completion of the presidential campaign in the course of which I have travelled all over Ukraine.

I saw it as a peace-loving, hospitable to everyone and European state – not only by location, but also by vocation.

Ukraine has always been a hospitable home for all who came in peace.

Unfortunately, today this home is in danger.

There is a force that came to Ukraine not in peace.

Words like “annexation”, “separatism”, “mercenaries” emerged in our everyday vocabulary again.

What can we do to stop violence and prevent its transformation into a full-scale war?

Unfortunately, today, this issue concerns not only Ukraine. It concerns the whole of Europe.

Dear members of the assembly!

It all started last November when the previous government deprived Ukrainians of their dream refusing the European integration, not asking Ukrainians and not giving anything except corruption and disregard for human dignity. Ukraine got up and the Revolution of Dignity began. The people gained victory. This victory was gained with blood and numerous victims.  Continue reading

Putin renounces right to send troops to Ukraine, Kremlin says


Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked Moscow's upper parliament to revoke a resolution sanctioning the use of military force in Ukraine, the Kremlin has announced.Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked Moscow’s upper parliament to revoke a resolution sanctioning the use of military force in Ukraine, the Kremlin has announced. © Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin asked Russia’s upper house on June 24 to revoke the right it had granted him to order a military intervention in Ukraine in defence of Russian-speakers there, the Kremlin said in a statement.

The step seemed certain to be welcomed by the West as a sign that Moscow was ready to help engineer a settlement in Ukraine’s largely Russian-speaking east, where a pro-Russian uprising against Kyiv began in April.

Putin’s spokesman said the Kremlin leader’s move was aimed at assisting fledgling peace talks, which began on Monday, to end the conflict.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called it a “first practical step” following Putin’s statement of support last weekend for Poroshenko’s peace plan for eastern Ukraine.

Putin’s chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, said Russia now expected Kiev to respond with measures of its own, without specifying what these should be.In the March 1 resolution, the Federation Council had granted Putin the right to “use the Russian Federation’s Armed Forces on the territory of Ukraine until the social and political situation in that country normalises”.

That resolution, together with Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, helped push East-West relations to their lowest ebb since the Cold War and led the United States and Europe to impose sanctions on Moscow.

Reuters

Editors Note:  This is just a bluff, Putin’s word means nothing! How many times in the past few months has Putin said one thing but done another… We shall see!

Blast hits gas pipeline in central Ukraine, police say


The pipeline is an area that is far from the violence that has rocked east Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have risen up against central rule.The pipeline is an area that is far from the violence that has rocked east Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have risen up against central rule. © Courtesy

An explosion hit a gas transit pipeline in the central Ukrainian region of Poltava on June 17, police said, but a source at Russian gas producer Gazprom said the blast in central Ukraine has not disrupted the gas flow to Europe.


The video shows the explosion has occurred on the Urengoi-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline in the Lokhvytsia district of the Poltava region of Ukraine.

“At 14.20 (1120 GMT) we received information about an explosion on the pipeline in a field between two small villages,” a police spokeswoman in the central Ukrainian region of Poltava said by telephone.

“Action to put out the fire is coming to an end,” she said, adding that there were no casualties.

Police said the affected pipeline was the Urengoy–Pomary–Uzhgorod, a major supply route for gas being transported through Ukraine to the European Union.

“We cannot say anything at the moment, because it is an area of ​​responsibility of Ukrtransgaz (Ukraine’s state gas transport monopoly),” Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said.

But a Gazprom source said: “Exports have not been cut. There is a parallel pipeline.”

Ukrtransgaz did not immediately comment.

The pipeline is an area that is far from the violence that has rocked east Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have risen up against central rule. Russia has cut off Ukraine’s gas supplies in a pricing dispute but Kiev has said it will keep gas flowing to the rest of Europe.


Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, additional reporting by Denis Pinchuk in Moscow, Editing by Timothy Heritage

Reuters

Eurobasket 2015 Relocated

Ukraine will not host 2015 Euro basketball championship


FIBA Europe, the continental governing body, says on June 13 on Twitter it has FIBA Europe, the continental governing body, says on June 13 on Twitter it has “decided to relocate EuroBasket 2015 from Ukraine to a new destination(s),” without giving further details. © AFP

Europe’s basketball federation says Ukraine has been stripped of the right to host next year’s European men’s championship. The tournament had been in doubt because of the political instability in Ukraine.

Ukraine was stripped of the right to host next year’s European men’s basketball championship on Friday because of the continuing instability in the country.

Three of the planned host cities for the 24-team tournament were located in volatile eastern Ukraine, where government troops are fighting pro-Russian separatists.

Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March, tournament director Markiyan Lubkivsky said that hosting the event was no longer possible, but Ukrainian and European basketball authorities had tried to keep the project alive.

FIBA Europe, the continental governing body, said Friday that its board had now decided the risks were too great.

“The decision was taken after a careful consideration of the continuous political situation and security issues in Ukraine, which deemed as less than favorable for the staging of such an important and demanding event,” the organization said in a statement.

However, FIBA Europe said it will “start negotiations immediately” with Ukraine on hosting the 2017 championship.

A decision on next year’s host will be made by September 30, with “single or multi-country bids” to be submitted by the end of July.

Even before Ukraine lost the hosting rights, France had positioned itself as a leading candidate to stage next year’s championship, submitting a formal bid to FIBA Europe last month.

The decision to move the tournament out of Ukraine was announced three days after Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk hosted FIBA Europe president Turgay Demirel to discuss hosting plans.

Among the planned Ukrainian host cities for the September 2015 tournament were Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, where militant groups are pushing for closer links with Russia.

Next year’s championship will include two dozen teams from across Europe. France is the reigning champion after beating Lithuania 80-66 in last year’s final in Slovenia.

FIBA Europe also said the 2015 tournament will use an extended knockout system rather than a second group stage, a change that had been due to come into force in 2017.

The Associated Press