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Archive for April 25th, 2005

GUUAM wants to make military cooperation more active

Posted by the Editor on April 25, 2005


News / 25 April 2005 | 18:00

GUUAM wants to make military cooperation more active

The leaders of Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova declared about intention to make military and military-political cooperation more active and also to create "common area of security, economic and transport cooperation"” along with EU and NATO.

This is said about in the declaration, published after finishing GUUAM Summit, which took place in Kishinev with the participation of the presidents of Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova (the president of Uzbekistan did not take part in Summit), "Interfax-Ukraine" reported.

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Sarcophagus of Chernobyl nuclear power plant is being ruined

Posted by the Editor on April 25, 2005


News / 25 April 2005 | 17:03

Sarcophagus of Chernobyl nuclear power plant is being ruined

Collapse of sarcophagus of Chernobyl nuclear power plant threatens to become a new ecological catastrophe.

Lately the technical state of the fourth reactor’s sarcophagus has deteriorated – the walls are cracked, general building’s geometry became deformed, the ceiling has settled.

The period of guaranteed operation of "Shelter" is going to expire in 2006. Experts warn that collapse of protective contracture can cause more grave consequences than the accident of the year 1986 itself.

Meanwhile, it is impossible to give a real estimation now. A new sarcophagus, "Shelter – 2" was projected to neutralize the reactor. The period of sarcophagus operation is meant for hundred years.

Costs for the project was supposed to make 750 million USD, 50 million of which will be given by the Ukrainian government, and coalition of 28 countries will give the rest. Now it is a question of one milliard USD.

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Chornovil initiates Stelmakh’s resignation

Posted by the Editor on April 25, 2005


News / 25 April 2005 | 16:15

Chornovil initiates Stelmakh’s resignation

The people’s deputy of Ukraine Taras Chornovil initiates the resignation of Vladimir Stelmakh, the head of National Bank of Ukraine.

"According to the article 93 of Constitution of Ukraine and article 6.2.1 of Regulations of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, in order of legislative initiative I introduce a decree draft ‘About resignation of V.S. Stelmakh from the post of the head of National Bank of Ukraine’."- is said in the document, which was sent to the ForUm’s address.

Besides, the document contains the decree of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine "About resignation of V.S. Stelmakh from the post of the head of National Bank of Ukraine", signed by the speaker Vladimir Litvin.

"In connection with that actions of the head of National Bank of Ukraine, Vladimir Stelmakh, caused financial crisis in Ukraine

Verkhovna Rada decides:

To consider the work of the head of National Bank of Ukraine, Vladimir Stelmakh, unsatisfactory due to the actions, which caused the financial crisis in Ukraine.

To appeal to the president of Ukraine, Victor Yushchenko, with demand to submit for consideration to Verkhovna Rada the declaration about resignation of Stelmah from the work status according to the article 85, part 18 of Constitution of Ukraine."

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Yushchenko will conduct a meeting on the question of administrative reform

Posted by the Editor on April 25, 2005


News / 25 April 2005 | 15:32

Yushchenko will conduct a meeting on the question of administrative reform

Today the president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko will conduct a meeting concerning the reform of local self-administration system and territorial – administrative structure, the press-service of the country’s leader reported.

Yushchenko will meet with heads of regional state administrations, regional councils and city chiefs of regional centers.

The speaker of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Vladimir Litvin, and the prime minister of Ukraine, Julia Timoshenko, will also take mart in the meeting.

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Taras Chornovil was interrogated in connection with “Chornovil’s case”

Posted by the Editor on April 25, 2005


News / 25 April 2005 | 14:51

Taras Chornovil was interrogated in connection with “Chornovil’s case”

Taras Chornovil, the people’s deputy, the member of "Party of Regions", became the first witness, who was interrogated in connection with the "Chornovil’s case", renewed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

"Investigation of ‘Chornovil’s case’ has been renewed and is being conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. I have already visited an investigator and have given evidence. But It seems to me for some reason that this case has been renewed to be closed as the previous one," said Chornovil to ForUm’s correspondent.

Chornovil hopes that Eugen Marchuk will be confronted to those people, who saw the videotape, on which evidence of one of the murderers is recorded.

Chornovil also reported that Grygory Omelchenko, the people’s deputy, became the first person who agreed to take part in confrontation.

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Ukraine plans to reduce export duty on scrap metal

Posted by the Editor on April 25, 2005


News / 25 April 2005 | 14:01

Ukraine plans to reduce export duty on scrap metal

Cabinet of Ukraine plans to halve the export duty on scrap metal till 2010, the deputy minister of economics, Andrey Beresny, reported.

He declared that the government assumes to form a special schedule of export duty reduction from the moment of Ukraine’s joining World Trade Organization, UNIAN informed.

"The level of export duty is planned to be 2 – 2.5 times less than we have now – 30 euros for a ton. Beginning from January 1, 2006 we plan to fix 25 euro for a ton, and during five years we plan to reduce it to 15 euros," said Beresny.

We remind, Ukraine introduced export duty on scrap metal at the level of 30 euros for a ton to defend native steel producers. WTO and EU criticized this action.

Ukraine plans to join WTO to the end of this year.

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The problem of oil-products realization has been solved in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on April 25, 2005


News / 25 April 2005 | 13:10

The problem of oil-products realization has been solved in Ukraine

Julia Timoshenko, the prime minister of Ukraine, assumes holding of two posts: the prime minister and the vice premier for fuel and energy complex. She made the statement at the press conference, "DVC" reported.

She said she is satisfied with decision of the court that invalidated her dismissal from the post of Vice Prime Minister on January of the 2001.

"And taking into consideration the fact that we do no have a Vice Premier for fuel and energy complex today, I can hold these two posts", – she said.

"Now I have got an additional stimulus to bring to life "Ugol Ukrainy" (Coal of Ukraine) program. I think that coming back of justice brings additional forces to work", – she said.

At the press conference the prime minister of Ukraine also informed that the crisis of oil-products realization by retail in Ukraine has been completed. Timoshenko reported that she personally visited the filling stations in Kiev and the capital’s suburbs. She underlined that virtually all filling stations set the prices which were declared by the Ministry of Economy. "Today, we may talk about price stability in retail trade of the oil-products and, believe me, this does not reduce the profitability and does not violate economic stability of oil-gas companies ", she pointed out, MIGnews.com.ua reported.

The prime minister has also informed that the negotiations with the directorship and owners of "Tumen Oil Company" and "Lukoil" were held with difficulties, though ended constructively. "We reached the compromise that we would work without monopolistic constituents, and that we would honestly work on market without price increase just to gain over-profits", – she mentioned.

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Piskun will leave for the USA to interrogate Melnichenko

Posted by the Editor on April 25, 2005


News / 25 April 2005 | 12:37

Piskun will leave for the USA to interrogate Melnichenko

In the near future the prosecutor general, Svyatoslav Piskun, will leave for the US to meet with the major Nickolay Melnichenko, the widow of the journalist Georgy Gongadze reported in the exclusive interview to ForUm’s correspondent.

"Prosecutor general of Ukraine declared that he is ready to go to the USA with the investigative group to make an expert examination and to interrogate Melnichenko," said Myroslava Gongadze. At the same time she does not know, when exactly the visit will take place.

During her visit to Ukraine Myroslava managed to identify some material evidence, but she did not specify which one in particular. "I can not name the very material evidence due to signed statement not to disclose information".

According to Myroslava, she "pushed slightly" the Gongadze’s case – she met with representatives of law machinery and investigative group, and declared her position as regards this. "I think I added fuel to this state machine," Myroslava pointed out.

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