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Yanukovych: Holodomor a crime of Stalin’s regime

Posted by the Editor on October 25, 2010


News / 25 October 2010 | 17:57

Yanukovych: Holodomor a crime of Stalin's regime

Yanukovych: Holodomor a crime of Stalin’s regime

President Viktor Yanukovych has called the Great Famine (Holodomor) a targeted crime of Stalin’s regime, he said this at a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday, UKRINFORM reported.

“This is a terrible event in the history of the Ukrainian people, in the history of Ukraine’s neighboring peoples – Belarusians, Russians and Kazakhs. It was really a targeted crime against own people,” Yanukovych stressed.

The president stressed that in the years of famine many people were killed. “These were our ancestors, these were people lost by their country, lost by their families, and this memory for a modern society remains holy,” he emphasized.

“We will always condemn the regime of Stalin, who committed this crime,” the head of state said.

According to various estimates an artificial famine (Holodomor) organized by the totalitarian Stalinist regime through the confiscation of food from peasants in the early 1930s claimed the lives of seven to ten million Ukrainians.

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Ukraine rules out Gazprom, Naftogaz merger, backs joint gas extraction projects

Posted by the Editor on October 25, 2010


News / 25 October 2010 | 16:33

Ukraine rules out Gazprom, Naftogaz merger, backs joint gas extraction projects

Ukraine rules out Gazprom, Naftogaz merger, backs joint gas extraction projects

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov ruled out a merger between Russian energy giant Gazprom and Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz on Monday, but welcomed the idea of a joint venture between the two companies to develop gas deposits in the Astrakhan region in south Russia and in the Yamal region in the Russian Arctic.

The idea of merging both energy companies was touted in late April by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said at the time that both companies should seek the merger through joint ventures as the first step towards consolidation. He also said that Russia could contribute deposits, while Ukraine could contribute its gas transportation system.

“”These are good deposits. If these deposits are used as the basis for a joint venture and an asset swap, I believe we’ll be able to agree,” Azarov told RIA Novosti news agency.

Azarov also explained why the two companies could not merge.

“The merger in conditions when the companies have incompatible capitalization or, to be more exact, incomparable with each other is called a takeover rather than a merger. No country possessing such a prize asset as its gas transportation system, its gas and oil refining capacities would agree to such a merger,” he said.

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President meets Canadian PM tete-a-tete

Posted by the Editor on October 25, 2010


News / 25 October 2010 | 14:48

President meets Canadian PM tete-a-tete

President meets Canadian PM tete-a-tete

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych met Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper tete-a-tete, according to the presidential press office.

Welcoming Stephen Harper in Kyiv, Viktor Yanukovych thanked him for accepting the invitation to visit Ukraine. “We now have the opportunity to discuss many issues,” said Viktor Yanukovych.

“Ukraine and Canada have stable and friendly relations and we should continue them,” he said.

From his part, the Canadian Prime Minister noted that Ukraine is the homeland of more than 1 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent. “Canada has always been very proud of its relations with Ukraine, particularly after your country gained independence,” Stephen Harper said, reminding that Canada was the first of the Western countries to recognize the independence of Ukraine.

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Tymoshenko: Fake ballots are being printed in Kharkiv

Posted by the Editor on October 25, 2010


News / 25 October 2010 | 12:55

Tymoshenko: Fake ballots are being printed in Kharkiv

Tymoshenko: Fake ballots are being printed in Kharkiv

Batkivshchyna party leader Yulia Tymoshenko is calling on President Viktor Yanukovych and the Prosecutor General’s Office to open a criminal investigation into the illegal printing of ballots in Kharkiv, Tymoshenko’s official website reports.

“I demand that the country’s president open a criminal case and take responsibility for the fact of covering up the printing of fake ballots and protocols,” she said.

At seven o’clock this morning, the Batkivshchyna party’s Kharkiv headquarters received a phone call from an employee of the Folio Plus printing company who said that the company is printing fake ballots for the upcoming local elections. “This person said that the printing of fake ballots is in full swing. They’re printing a whole set of duplicates that will be filled out and fake vote tally sheets will be written up in advance on the basis of these fake ballots,” said Yulia Tymoshenko.

Representatives of Batkivshchyna drove to the printing plant, where they found the fake ballots. “They took what they could, cut and uncut ballots printed on large sheets of paper. It’s clear that Folio Plus does not have an official contract for printing ballots,” said the party’s leader.

Yulia Tymoshenko also said that information will be given to Ukrainian and international election observers. “This information will be given today to all international information agencies and institutions – the Council of Europe and EU – because after such ‘sensations’ with these elections, they can’t be deemed fair, transparency, open and without fraud.”

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President: Electoral process must be exclusively based on Law on Local Elections

Posted by the Editor on October 25, 2010


News / 25 October 2010 | 11:06

President: Electoral process must be exclusively based on Law on Local Elections

President: Electoral process must be exclusively based on Law on Local Elections

All the participants of election process must strictly observe the Law on Local Elections, President Yanukovych said in an interview in Kirovohrad, presidential press office reported.

The President called the use of administrative resources by public officials for political purposes unacceptable. “It is unacceptable in the electoral process. It is in fact violation of the electoral legislation. Whatever the law, it must be observed. This applies to all the participants of the electoral process,” he said.

The Head of State pointed out that some political forces are trying to shift their internal party problems onto the government, or make statements that the government interferes in their internal party affairs.

“It shows these party organizations’ weakness and that they fail to manage their internal processes and try to blame someone else for that,” he said.

Viktor Yanukovych said that over time these issues will be solved in Ukraine, particularly when election laws are brought together in the Election Code

He also noted that he had warned regional governors against interfering in the electoral process, and that they must ensure equal conditions for all political forces on the election day and during the vote count.

“The electoral process must be exclusively based on the law on elections,” he said, warning that violators will be made answerable in accordance with the law.

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