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Klitschko brothers look to hold all 4 belts in 2009

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News / 28 January 2009 | 16:40

Klitschko brothers look to hold all 4 belts in 2009

Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are worried that promoters will deny them the chance of holding all four heavyweight titles, AP reported.The Ukrainian brothers currently hold three of the belts — Wladmir is the IBF and WBO champion, and Vitali is the WBC champ.

Only WBA champion Nikolai Valuev stands between a historic four-belt family sweep.

The Klitschko brothers claimed Monday that Valuev`s promoters, Don King and German Wilfried Sauerland, are holding up the chance for one of them to take his title by offering an unacceptable share of the purse.

“Around the world fans and experts want to see this fight,” Vitali Klitschko said. “But these promoters are doing everything to make sure that this fight doesn`t go ahead.”

Vitali Klitschko said the purse should be split 50-50 because it would pit champion against champion.

Both Vitali, 37, and Wladimir, 32, said they would be ready to fight the 7-foot Russian, and Valuev himself has appeared agreeable to the idea.

“The most important thing is to bring the belt to the family,” Wladimir Klitschko said.

If the fight does go ahead, Wladimir Klitschko said, it will likely be toward the end of the year. That might be too late for the brothers to achieve their dream of holding all four belts at one time.

Vitali Klitschko, who announced his retirement in 2005 but came back in 2007, is preparing for the mandatory defense of his WBC title against Juan Carlos Gomez of Cuba on March 21.

He had hoped to fight Britain`s David Haye in June in London, but will instead take on the WBC`s No. 1-ranked challenger in Stuttgart.

Wladimir Klitschko said he would now likely face Haye, though arrangements have just begun, and mentioned Chris Arreola as another possible opponent this year.

The brothers reiterated they would never break a promise to their mother and square off against each other in the ring.

“Our mom will not survive this fight, and we have to take care of her,” Wladimir Klitschko said.

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Government to control payments of wages and pensions

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News / 28 January 2009 | 17:30

Government to control payments of wages and pensions

The Government continues the work on analyzing social payments in the budget sphere. Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko said at the session of the Cabinet.

Tymoshenko reminded that a special conference call was held on this issue, on which the local heads had been commissioned to check up the timeliness of wage and pension payments to budget employees in every region.

The Head of Government noted that “hot lines” for citizens’ appeals on untimely paying of wages and pensions are launched in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and in every region of the country. The Prime Minister added, the Minister of Labour and Social Policy would report about the work of these telephone lines today.

The Prime Minister stressed that Government had already responded to the proposals of regions and allocated additional subsidies for local budgets. At that, Yulia Tymoshenko stated that Government would keep with responding “to the day” to signals coming from the regions concerning backpay of social payments.

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Cabinet to control implementation of priority tasks, set for ministries

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News / 28 January 2009 | 15:50

Cabinet to control implementation of priority tasks, set for ministries

Cabinet to control implementation of priority tasks, set for ministries

From today, the government begins to listen to the ministers’ reports on implementation of tasks, determined in 2008 as priority for their departments. Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko told, opening the government’s sitting today.

Yulia Tymoshenko reminded that five priority tasks had been approved for every ministry and department for 2008. “From today, we begin to listen to implementation of these five key strategic directions, five priority tasks,” the Prime Minister noted.   

Report of the Ministry of Industrial Policy of Ukraine, according to Yulia Tymoshenko, will be the first for listening.

Besides, the Prime Minister informed that today the Cabinet members intend to draft a number of bills aimed at providing activity of the economy and society, in particular, the bill on improving payments of oblgas and oblenergo for natural gas and electric power; on reducing the tax for owners of vehicles and other self-propelled machinery and devices; on regulating the procedure of allotment for social needs; on regulating the external independent evaluation of knowledge; providing stable operation of the fuel and energy complex during the crisis.

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Finance Minister states “his letter to Tymoshenko” was a provocation

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News / 28 January 2009 | 15:00

Finance Minister states “his letter to Tymoshenko” was a provocation

On January 27 an Internet-media publicized as if a letter of Viktor Pynzenyk to Yulia Tymoshenko, dated January 6, 2009. The letter indicated that Ukraine is living through the biggest crisis since the year 1994.

Finance Minister Viktor Pynzenyk refutes the infirmation and denies he ever wrote a letter of this kind.

“The Finance Minister of Ukraine writes no secret reports to the Government. The fact of yesterday’s publication of a “secret report” in some mass media I regard as a faked-up provocation,” Finance Minister stated today.

Press offices of the Ministry of Finance and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine urge mass media to remove materials about the “secret report” and refrain from provocation publications on this subject.

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Tymoshenko commissions to hold sitting with trade union representatives

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News / 28 January 2009 | 14:10

Tymoshenko commissions to hold sitting with trade union representatives

At the end of February, an enlarged sitting of the Cabinet of Ministers to be held with participation of representatives of the sectoral trade union organizations to consider an issue on implementing the package of agreements between trade unions and Government.

Up to that time, the heads of ministries and other bodies of central authorities shall implement a protocol commission of Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, including 150 items and the proposals of sectoral trade unions which are taken into consideration.

Deputy Head of the Federation of Trade Unions Hryhoriy Osovyi reporting to the Government’s sitting stated that there is progress in implementing the agreements achieved half year ago at the meeting of the Prime Minister of Ukraine with trade union representatives.   

Hryhoriy Osovyi stressed that “due to active and fundamental stand of the Prime Minister, we have succeeded to get some issues moving”. He also emphasized that Yulia Tymoshenko’s meeting with trade unions in April-June last year and constant dialogue – “is an act of good will of both sides for interaction and combining efforts in solving essential problems for the economy and labour people”.

According to him, trade unions consider such direction of work very important and necessary.

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Ukraine and the EU to discuss Ukraine’s gas transport system modernization

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News / 28 January 2009 | 13:20

Ukraine and the EU to discuss Ukraine's gas transport system modernization

Ukraine and the EU to discuss Ukraine’s gas transport system modernization

At his joint Press Conference with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, President Victor Yushchenko informed the media that on March 23 an investment conference would take place in Brussels at which sides would discuss modernization of Ukrainian gas transit system.

“We are conducting open policy and are interested in the European Union considering Ukraine a reliable partner in energy relations,” said President Yushchenko. He noted that although Ukraine’s gas transport system is one of the most reliable in Europe, it needs modernization. And to discussing that modernization, according to him, will be dedicated the conference in Brussels.

Beside that President Yushchenko pointed to importance of integration of Ukrainian gas transport system into European system saying that “we see our future in integration of Ukraine’s gas transport system into European market.”

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Ukraine’s Security Service to declassify archive documents

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News / 28 January 2009 | 12:30

Ukraine’s Security Service to declassify archive documents

By late 2009 Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) intends to declassify and publish all archive documents regarding crimes of Soviet totalitarian regime 1917-1991, Trend news reported.

“Since Jan. 21, 2009 Ukraine doesn’t keep and protect secrets of punitive-repressive system of Soviet Union,” Valentin Nalyvaychenko, acting chairman said at the briefing in Kyiv on Jan. 27.

This action means that the SBU as head state body ensuring protection of state secret removes stamp of secret from all criminal cases, documents, secret office work and other documents connected with Ukraine’s liberation movement, political repressions and starving in Ukraine.

The SBU archives comprise about 800,000 cases with stamp “secretly” and “top secretly” reflecting fates of million people, victims of totalitarian regime, Nalyvaychenko said.

 In the nearest future national web-portal where all declassified cases to be placed will be created, head of SBU said.

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Russia dismisses Ukraine’s Black Sea Fleet claims

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News / 28 January 2009 | 11:40

Russia dismisses Ukraine's Black Sea Fleet claims

Russia dismisses Ukraine’s Black Sea Fleet claims

Russia dismissed on Tuesday claims by Ukraine that the Black Sea Fleet is violating a 1997 bilateral agreement on the deployment of warships at naval bases on Crimean Peninsula , a Russian Foreign Ministry source said, RIA Novosti reported.

“The Black Sea Fleet strictly observes the provisions of a 1997 agreement, which precisely regulates its activities,” the source said.

Some media sources earlier cited an anonymous Russian Navy official as saying that Russia is planning to redeploy a submarine from the Northern Fleet to the Sevastopol base in Ukraine’s Crimea, which triggered Kiev’s angry response.

Leonid Osavolyuk, director of the first territorial department at Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry, said earlier on Tuesday Russia had no right to make a unilateral decision on rearming its Black Sea Fleet, based in Ukraine, and accused the Russian Navy of violating the country’s border integrity.

However, the Russian diplomat insisted that Black Sea Fleet officials must inform Ukrainian authorities in advance about its future actions, but do not need approval from the Ukrainian side.

Commenting on Osavolyuk’s statements, former commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Adm. Vladimir Kormoyedov said that according to bilateral agreements, the Russian Navy may deploy up to 25,000 personnel and up to 100 combat and support vessels at naval facilities in Ukraine.

“If Russia decides to rotate its naval assets within the agreed limits, we must inform Kiev about this decision, but we do not have to wait for Ukraine’s permission,” Kormoyedov said.

Meanwhile, Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo, a spokesman for the Russian Navy, said the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had made another attempt to escalate tensions over the presence of the Russian Navy on the Crimean peninsula.

“We are surprised that along with the current negotiation process Kiev is continuing to make statements that create tension around the presence of the Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine and lead to the deterioration of the situation in the Crimea and Sevastopol,” Dygalo said.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine heightened after several Black Sea Fleet warships dropped anchor off the Georgian coast during and after last August’s armed conflict with Tbilisi over breakaway South Ossetia.

Ukraine, which sided with Georgia during the conflict, repeatedly said that Russian combat ships frequently transport undeclared cargo and refuse to submit customs declarations while crossing Ukrainian territorial waters.

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet uses a range of naval facilities in Ukraine’s Crimea, including the main base in Sevastopol, as part of the 1997 agreement, under which Ukraine agreed to lease the bases to Russia until 2017.

Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko announced in the summer that Ukraine would not extend the lease of the Sevastopol base beyond 2017, and urged the Russian fleet to start preparations for a withdrawal.

Although the agreement for Russia’s use of the base includes a possible extension of the lease, with Moscow repeatedly saying it wants to negotiate on the issue, Ukraine reiterated in October that it would not permit an extension of Russia’s naval presence in the country after 2017.

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