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President greets Ukrainians on Epiphany

Posted by the Editor on January 19, 2006


News / 19 January 2006 | 17:25

President greets Ukrainians on Epiphany

President greets Ukrainians on Epiphany

On Epiphany, Victor Yushchenko wished Ukrainians unity and family harmony, presidential press office reported.

“I want this family island of well-being to be firm always . I want happiness and harmony and mutual respect to come to our families,” he said. “These are the feelings that always inspired us when we needed to win.”

The Head of State called on Ukrainians to unite and be tolerant.

 
“I am happy to see we are living in harmony. I am happy that there are Catholic temples and Jewish synagogues near the domes of Orthodox churches. Each nation has the ability to demonstrate their faith and attitude to God. All people can choose who they want to be,” he added.
 
Following his speech, the President took part in a festive prayer said by Kyiv Patriarch Philareth. Mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko attended this ceremony, which took place in Hydropark.

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Today plenary session succeded in changes to the electoral legislation

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News / 19 January 2006 | 17:05

Today plenary session succeded in changes to the electoral legislation

Today plenary session succeded in changes to the electoral legislation

On March 26, 2006, the time for voting will be extended by two extra hours. Ukrainian citizens will vote from 7 a m to 10 p m.
 
249 votes of 394 present at the plenary session changed the Law “On election.”
Yaroslav Davydovych, the Central Electoral Commission Chairman, noted that the length of a ballot paper is more than 60 centimeters and every voter will have up to five such ballots. “Thus, practically every voter may find difficulties in doing it in time,” concluded he.

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Ukraine urges Russia to follow naval base agreement

Posted by the Editor on January 19, 2006


News / 19 January 2006 | 16:40

Ukraine urges Russia to follow naval base agreement

Ukraine urges Russia to follow naval base agreement

At today night Russian Black Sea Fleet Command has blockaded Sarych Cape’s entry for vehicles by armoured troop-carrier relocated from Sevastopol.
 
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has sent a note to Russia in connection with unauthorized relocation of armoured equipment to Sarych Cape.
 
Foreign Ministry of Ukraine urges Russia stop violating the agreement on status and conditions of Russian Black Sea Fleet residence in the territory of Ukraine, the statement on Russian military men dislocation, RIA Novosty reported.
 
Ukraine urged Russia Thursday not to move military hardware from its Ukrainian naval base without consulting the country’s authorities, in another sign that Kiev is increasingly reluctant to allow its neighbor access to its Black Sea coast.

Answering a question about Russia’s relocation of heavy military equipment from the Crimean base of Sevastopol to Cape Sarych in the south of Crimea, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vasyl Filipchuk said redeployment was “possible only after coordination with Ukraine’s authorities.”

The issue, however, was not a reason to escalate any further the tensions between the two countries, Filipchuk said.

Filipchuk said the unilateral relocation of Russia’s military hardware over Ukraine would be a “clear infringement of the existing bilateral agreement on the status of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine,” but added: “We do not want any escalation in our [Russian-Ukrainian] relations.”

The spokesman said he believed that the tensions that have built up between Moscow and Kiev this month would be resolved during a meeting of a working group on the Black Sea Fleet within a commission set up by the two countries’ presidents, due in February.

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RF Government: Russian-Ukrainian gas deal legally ends dispute

Posted by the Editor on January 19, 2006


News / 19 January 2006 | 16:20

Russian-Ukrainian gas deal legally ends dispute

RF Government: Russian-Ukrainian gas deal legally ends dispute

The Russian-Ukrainian gas agreement signed in early January marked a final and complete legal resolution to the long-standing gas dispute between the two countries, a Russian government statement said Thursday, RIA Novosty informed.

“The Russian government considers the documents signed on January 4, 2006 to be the final legal solution to the dispute,” said a statement from the government, which convened for its first session this year.

The dispute started when Russian energy giant Gazprom said it wanted Ukraine to pay market prices for natural gas, whereas Ukraine said it wanted to continue operating under a barter agreement setting the price at about $50 per 1,000 cu m. A deal was finally hammered out after Gazprom cut off supplies to its neighbor. Gazprom will now sell gas to a Swiss-based trader RosUkEnergo for $230 per 1,000 cu m, which national gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy will then buy for $95.

The government also said in the statement that it was satisfied with how Russian-Ukrainian relations in the gas sector had been settled through a transition to internationally applied market principles of cooperation. The government also welcomed the readiness of the Ukrainian national gas company, Naftogaz, to honor its commitments.

According to the document, the transition to market principles will make bilateral relations transparent and based on partnership. “It will enable us to work together on the Ukrainian market and the markets of third countries,” the statement said.

The government said the gas agreements would cover Ukraine’s natural gas needs and guaranteed the transit of Russian gas to consumers in Europe via Ukrainian territory.

“The Russian government is prepared to assist Gazprom in fulfilling its gas obligations to partners,” the document said.

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Ukraine faces repeated dismissals

Posted by the Editor on January 19, 2006


News / 19 January 2006 | 16:03

Ukraine faces repeated dismissals

Ukraine faces repeated dismissals

After the conciliatory council of leaders of parliamentary groups and factions Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Lytvyn declared that in the near future some ministers would be removed from their offices.

According to him, “there are some people in the government, with whom it is very difficult to work.”

VR Speaker confessed that at the last meeting with the President he personally offered Yushchenko to take part in dismissal of some ministers. According to Lytvyn words, “there is a certain allergy in the parliament and the society,” and such decision should be made sooner or later. At the same time he noted that the dismissals should not resemble political repressions.

In response to the question who will appoint new ministers, Lytvyn noted that it is President’s right up till formation of a new parliament after the elections, though some deputies have another opinion as for this.

Lytvyn reported that the parliament had registered the corresponding draft decrees, but he did not name ministers subjected to dismissal.

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Women dealers have been captured in Kyiv region

Posted by the Editor on January 19, 2006


News / 19 January 2006 | 15:40

Women dealers have been captured in Kyiv region

Women dealers have been captured in Kyiv region

Ukrainian law enforcement agencies arrested two men and a woman. They are accused of human trafficking.

The criminals removed Vinnitsa girl, 21, in Turkey and sold her to a souteneur in November, 2004. The victim has been brought back to Ukraine.

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President appeals against cabinet sacking

Posted by the Editor on January 19, 2006


News / 19 January 2006 | 15:20

President appeals against cabinet sacking

President appeals against cabinet sacking

Victor Yushchenko appealed to  the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and urged it to consider whether last week’s resolution to dismiss the government was constitutional, presidential press office informed.

In his letter the President said that “the necessity to prove the legality of the above-mentioned resolution is caused by the need to establish whether the consideration of such important problems is in Verkhovna Rada’s competence and to solve this problem legally in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine.”

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President Yushchenko marks Epiphany

Posted by the Editor on January 19, 2006


News / 19 January 2006 | 15:05

President Yushchenko marks Epiphany

President Yushchenko marks Epiphany

Accompanied by Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, Agrarian Minister Oleksandr Baranivsky, Culture Minister Ihor Likhovy, Emergency Minister Victor Baloha, Tax Office Head Oleksandr Kireyev, and Kyiv Mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko, Victor Yushchenko took part in Epiphany celebrations at the Virgin Mary Church in Kyiv. Following Divine Liturgy, he attended a ceremony to bless the waters. He greeted those present with a traditional Jordan greeting: “Jesus Christ is being baptized! – In the Jordan!”

After the blessing of the waters was performed, the President scooped some water near the church and then dived into the ice-hole, presidential press office reported.

All bathers had to walk to the pond along the straw path. Yekhanurov, Likhovy, Baloha, Omelchenko and Kireyev braved the freezing winter waters together with the President.

The Protection of the Blessed Virgin Church is the basic element of the Cossack Sloboda Architectural Complex that recreates in detail a Cossack settlement of the 19th century. It has windmills, huts of the poor and houses of the rich, a tavern, and other premises. It differs from other museums because all buildings are real. For example, services have been celebrated at the Cossack Church for three years. Kostyantyn Oliynyk, Director of the Cossack Mamai Center, was the author of this project. He told Yushchenko how the complex had been constructed and how certain buildings had been used in the past.

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