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Government proposes high-ranking officials remain in public service after age of 65

Posted by the Editor on February 1, 2012


News / 1 February 2012 | 18:01

Government proposes high-ranking officials remain in public service after age of 65

Government proposes high-ranking officials remain in public service after age of 65

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, has registered a bill submitted by the Cabinet of Ministers, which proposes increasing the age limit for stay in public service. The text of the document has been posted on the official website of the parliament, according to UKRINFORM.

In particular, it is proposed to allow civil servants holding the positions of the first category, by the decision of a respective public body or official who made the appointment, to extend the stay of citizens in public service after the age of 65 due to the needs of the service and with the consent of a public servant.

A law under which the age limit for civil service has been increased to 65 years came into force in Ukraine on January 12, 2012.

The initiative of the Cabinet of Ministers is interesting, because Prime Minister Mykola Azarov will turn 65 in December 2012. Regional Development Minister Anatoliy Blyzniuk is a year younger than the premier. Health Minister Oleksandr Anishchenko is 62 years old, while Defense Minister Mykhailo Yezhel will mark his 60th birthday this year.

President Viktor Yanukovych will turn 62 in July, and before the next presidential election he will be sixty-four and a half years old.

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Criminal case instituted against file sharing website Ex.ua

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News / 1 February 2012 | 17:30

Criminal case instituted against file sharing website Ex.ua

Criminal case instituted against file sharing website Ex.ua

A criminal case against Ex.ua web resource has been instituted basing on complaints and appeals from companies-right holders on copyright violations, spokesman for Interior Ministry Volodymyr Polishchnuk told a press conference.

According to him, the case was instituted on July 1, 2011 after the Interior Ministry had received a number of appeals from representatives of world soft ware producers, a domestic TV company and state service on intellectual property regarding the violation of copyright of the mentioned companies.

On January 31, 2012 investigative bodies withdrew information carriers from the office of the company and sent them to an expertise. “Now the expertise will study the information (illegally published content) and will determine the amount of financial losses of the companies-right holders,” the official added.

President’s press secretary, Darya Chepak said in her blog on Ukrainska Pravda website that the official website of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is being attacked by hackers.

“The official website of the Ukrainian president has been attacked by unknown individuals since last night. The Interior Ministry’s website has hung as a result of this attack. Social networks are making calls to join the attack on the websites of state institutions in order to support file-sharing sites that do not comply with copyright protection. Do people who attack the sites understand what they are doing?” the press secretary said, according to UKRINFORM.

“I support the right of every citizen to protest. But if we build a civilized society, the freedom of the fist of one citizen is limited to the nose of another. Therefore, I’m asking you, those who attack the sites, to find another place for protest, without limiting the citizen’s right of access to information,” Chepak said.

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President: Ukraine will continue improving human rights protection legislation

Posted by the Editor on February 1, 2012


News / 1 February 2012 | 17:00

President: Ukraine will continue improving human rights protection legislation

President: Ukraine will continue improving human rights protection legislation

Ukraine does its best to to fulfill its obligations to the Council of Europe, President Viktor Yanukovych told reporters in Kirovohrad, when asked to make comments on the recent PACE resolution on Ukraine, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

Viktor Yanukovych also said that Ukraine would certainly continue improving its legislation to protect human rights in line with the European standards. “It is our duty and we are working on it,” he said. An important step in this direction Viktor Yanukovych called the adoption of a new Criminal Procedure Code that he had brought in to the Verkhovna Rada.

According to President Yanukovych, another important issue in this area is amending the Constitution. “This is a very complex task. The consensus of two thirds of the Verkhovna Rada deputies is needed to push it forward,” he said, adding that much would depend on the results of parliamentary elections in the autumn of 2012.

When asked about the possibility of Ukraine joining the Customs Union, the President said it would depend on the performance of the union. “There is no answer yet to this question. We do not yet have any results of the Customs Union, at least economic. We will see, how the Customs Union works, what kind of preferences and benefits it promises, and which part of the process Ukraine can join to make it profitable for us,” said Viktor Yanukovych.

“If it meets our national interests, then we will see how to solve this issue,” he said.

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Foreign Ministry hopes to get rid of CoE monitoring after elections

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News / 1 February 2012 | 16:30

Foreign Ministry hopes to get rid of CoE monitoring after elections

Foreign Ministry hopes to get rid of CoE monitoring after elections

Ukraine may be lifted from monitoring by the Council of Europe after the parliamentary elections, spokesman for Foreign Ministry of Ukraine Oleh Voloshyn said.

“We really want to get rid of this monitoring. If we hold elections at the proper level and settle the issue with Tymoshenko, we may expect lifting of the monitoring. This is such a humiliating procedure. We are always like students of the democratic countries,” he said.

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Law enforcement agencies close file sharing websites under anti-piracy campaign in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on February 1, 2012


News / 1 February 2012 | 16:01

Law enforcement agencies close file sharing websites under anti-piracy campaign in Ukraine

Law enforcement agencies close file sharing websites under anti-piracy campaign in Ukraine

The volume of Ukrainian Internet traffic dropped by 5-15% after suspension of the online file hosting resource EX.UA by law enforcement agencies, according to Serhiy Polishchuk, technical administrator of the Ukrainian traffic exchange network (UA-IX).

According to him, earlier the view was that users’ downloading information from the resource occupies almost a half of all Ukrainian traffic. “But we saw that once the resource was closed, the traffic fell by 15%. And in the period of maximum load a drop of only 5% was observed,” he stressed, UKRINFORM reports.

After closing EX.UA on January 31, the interior ministry’s website stopped working. The ministry does not rule out a DDoS attack. The site of the President of Ukraine also works intermittently.

Following the resource EX.UA, which the interior ministry closed on Tuesday, another Ukrainian file sharing resource, Upload.com.ua, was brought down under the anti-piracy campaign in Ukraine.

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Emergency Minister: Frost peak is ahead

Posted by the Editor on February 1, 2012


News / 1 February 2012 | 15:31

Emergency Minister: Frost peak is ahead

Emergency Minister: Frost peak is ahead

The worst of frosts is not over yet, Emergency Situations Minister Victor Baloha told a session of the Cabinet, ForUm correspondent reports.

“Thanks to timely decisions at the governmental level no emergency situations have happened in the country for today,” the official said. Baloha assured his department would continue to work under emergency regime during the period of bad weather.

At the same time the Minister proposed to consider a draft resolution on strengthening affords to overcome bad weather conditions. “I want to underlined this is not the peak. The frost peak will come at the end of the week,” Baloha underlined.

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Ship with Ukrainians onboard went down near Turkey

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News / 1 February 2012 | 14:52

Ship with Ukrainians onboard went down near Turkey

Ship with Ukrainians onboard went down near Turkey

In the Black Sea near Turkey, ship Vera (Cambodia flag) sank on Tuesday with 10 Ukrainian citizens onboard and one from Georgia. The bulk carrier was sailing from Russia to Turkish port Aliaga and got into a storm not far from the shore, MFA Press Secretary Oleksandr Dykusarov informed, according to UKRINFORM.

“Currently, three Ukrainian citizens- crewmembers have been saved. They are in a hospital and in stable condition. The case is on a special control of the Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey and the Consular Service department of the Ukrainian MFA,” the official informed.

According to information from the Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey, currently an operation continues to rescue other crewmembers.

“There are three Turkish coast defense ships in the operation district that are carrying out a rescue operation of lost persons. The search operation is complicated with unfavorable weather conditions,” Dykusarov said.

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Ministry of regional development reduces its car park twofold

Posted by the Editor on February 1, 2012


News / 1 February 2012 | 14:40

Ministry of regional development reduces its car park twofold

Ministry of regional development reduces its car park twofold

Ministry of regional development and housing and communal services of Ukraine will reduce twofold the number of office vehicles, Minister Anatoly Blyznyuk told a briefing, Forum correspondent reports.

“This is a right step. Now every manager has its own vehicle. Before the Ministry had 16 cars, now only 8 have left,” the Minister said.

Blyznyuk also reminded that during Soviet times a car was a luxury for officials, and at times they had to use public transport or hitch-hike.

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