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Crime rate increased by third – Interior Ministry

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News / 13 July 2010 | 16:29

Crime rate increased by third - Interior Ministry

Crime rate increased by third – Interior Ministry

The Interior Ministry of Ukraine reports that the number of crimes committed in the first half of 2010 increased in all regions of the country, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

“The situation in the country is still difficult. The number of reported crimes has increased by nearly one-third. The number of offences has grown in every region without exception,” deputy Interior Minister Serhiy Popkov said at an extended staff meeting of the Interior Ministry in Kyiv on Tuesday.

He said half of all reported crimes remain unsolved. The investigation of these crimes had been improperly organized, the official added.

According to Popkov, one out of seven premeditated murder cases, one out of three serious assault cases, and one out of eight robberies remain unsolved.

The deputy interior minister called on the ministry’s staff to draw the appropriate conclusions from these figures.

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NATO says non-aligned status of Ukraine will not affect its cooperation with Alliance

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News / 13 July 2010 | 14:50

NATO says non-aligned status of Ukraine will not affect its cooperation with Alliance

NATO says non-aligned status of Ukraine will not affect its cooperation with Alliance

Non-aligned status, declared by  Ukraine, in no way hinders the development of constructive, partnership and friendly relations with the Alliance,  NATO Spokesman James Appathurai told Ukrainian journalists in Brussels on Tuesday,  UKRINFORM reported.

According to him, the organization remains open to all European democracies, including Ukraine, the decision of the Bucharest summit remains unchanged. “If the Ukrainian government does not want to move through membership, but prefers partnership, we fully respect it,” Appathurai said, affirming that “there is no contradiction between good relations and practical cooperation with NATO and non-aligned status of Ukraine”.

He pointed out that today Ukraine is taking part in all NATO-led operations and is not changing this approach. Right now, NATO is conducting the Sea Breeze naval exercise together with Ukraine.

Appathurai assured that NATO’s budget cuts will not affect the practical cooperation with Ukraine. He expressed confidence that the new course of Ukraine does not diminish the support of Ukraine by NATO both in political and practical dimensions.

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Yanukovych and Medvedev may close oil transit for Belarus

Posted by the Editor on July 13, 2010


News / 13 July 2010 | 12:49

Yanukovych and Medvedev may close oil transit for Belarus

Yanukovych and Medvedev may close oil transit for Belarus

The plans on signing intergovernmental agreement on Venezuelan oil transit via Ukraine have been delayed. Contrary to expectations by the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, Minsk and Kyiv failed to agree an all details of transit arrangements, “Ekonomicheskie Izvestia” writes.

Experts suppose the reasons for unforeseen difficulties in signing agreements on Venezuelan oil transit via Ukraine were a necessity to take into account an opinion of Russia and nuances caused by three-day celebration of the 60th anniversary of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

Belneftekhim state-owned company and the Ukrainian energy agency say the date of signing the intergovernmental agreement on oil transit have been postponed and refuse to tell the reasons.

“We are working on documents, the negotiations on the draft agreement go on,” the press service of the Ministry of Fuel and Energy informs on Friday evening. It was earlier reported that the transit agreement would be signed by the end of the week. “The Belarusian party expressed its interest in establishing cooperation in oil shipment to Belarusian refineries using the oil transportation system and railways in Ukraine and Belarus,” the press service noted.

However, this interest hasn’t been formalized. The talks were complicated by absence of an unambiguous answer to a question of oil transit route trough Ukraine. One of the possible solutions is using Odessa-Brody oil pipeline that is connected with switching the pipeline to the averse mode (now the Russian oil flows in reverse mode). “It is technically possible to use Odessa-Brody pipeline to deliver Venezuelan oil to Belarus, but this variant requires political will of Ukraine and other participants of the project,” Alexander Todiychuk, president of the Kyiv International Energy Club, said. He added an issue on using Odessa-Brody pipeline for pumping Venezuelan oil must be discussed with Belarus and Russia.

Viktor Yanukovych continued celebrating his 60th birthday in Crimea on Saturday and Sunday. The celebration started in Kyiv on July 9. As it became known on that day, Ministry of Fuel and Energy’s plans on signing oil transit agreement with Minsk were delayed.

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Economy Ministry proposes reducing state control over prices

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News / 13 July 2010 | 11:01

Economy Ministry proposes reducing state control over prices

Economy Ministry proposes reducing state control over prices

The Ukrainian Economy Ministry had proposed reducing the list of goods the prices of which are controlled by the state, Economy Minister Vasyl Tsushko said.

“The idea is at the level of amending a Cabinet of Ministers resolution,” he said, UKRINFORM reports.

The minister noted that it was necessary to make a final political choice in order to approve such amendments: abandon any attempts to control the prices of all goods or keep control over the prices of goods included in the minimum basket of consumer goods.

The minister said that keeping controls over the prices of goods that are in the highest demand for those with low incomes would help prevent sudden price fluctuations.

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