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Melnichenko to be interrogated on TV air

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News / 8 December 2005 | 17:34

Melnichenko to be interrogated on TV air

Melnichenko to be interrogated on TV air

Today 1+1 live broadcast hosts Kuchma’s security guard Mykola Melnychenko and the Chairman of Temporary Parliamentary Investigation Committee on Cassette Scandal and Its Influence on National Safety Victor Drachevsky taking part in “This Is What I Think” TV show by Hanna Bezulyk.

As a reminder, Mykola Melnychenko did not come to give evidence in the Committee meeting because he had to be interrogated in General Office of Public Prosecutor at the same time, Committee member Evhen Filindash told referring to “Melnychenko’s intimates.”

But Chairman of the Committee Drachevsky was puzzled with Melnychenko’s absence. “I tried to hand over the notice  to Melnychenko through his intimates, Ivan Bokiy particularly, because Melnychenko does not have the fixed residence and every night changes it. On Wednesday we got the information that Melnychenko was in the General Office of Public Prosecutor, so we ask him to visit the next session of the Committee,” said Drachevsky.

The next time Drachevsky will notify Security service of Ukraine (SBU) and the General Office of Public Prosecutor in advance about the regular session of the Committee on December 14. He hopes such measure will help to coordinate Melnychenko’s schedule.

Today TV show may turn in the real interrogation because of 80 questions prepared by Drachevsky for ex-mayor. The last week Serhiy Kyslov and Volodymyr Shepel – ex-security guards – answered the Committee’s questions. In particular, Serhiy Kyslov appealed the version that Melnychenko supposedly had free access to the President’s room. Shepel in turns said Melnychenko tried to resign twice and asked permission to get foreign passport on the eve of the cassette scandal.

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The EU has banned poultry import from Ukraine

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News / 8 December 2005 | 16:28

The EU has banned poultry import from Ukraine

The EU has banned poultry import from Ukraine

The European Union has introduced temporal restriction on supply of poultry Ukraine, as reported Sergey Dankvert, head of Rosselkhoznadzor, after the meeting with representatives of Eurocommission, “Gazeta ru” informs.

“Yana Jusu-Kalio, deputy director of Eurocommission General Department on veterinary issues, informed us that European Union had introduced temporal restrictions on poultry import from Ukraine to EU countries in connection with outbreak of dangerous virus of bird flu on the territory of Ukraine,” said Dankvert.

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EU’s commissioner says Ukraine-Russia gas dispute will not affect supplies to Europe

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News / 8 December 2005 | 16:00

EU's commissioner says Ukraine-Russia gas dispute will not affect supplies to Europe

EU’s commissioner says Ukraine-Russia gas dispute will not affect supplies to Europe

EU energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs said Russian gas exports to Europe will not be affected by a gas price dispute between Moscow and Kiev.

Speaking in Brussels after a meeting with Ukrainian energy minister Ivan Plachkov, Piebalgs said: ‘I expect there will be no difficulties on gas transit from Russia to the EU,’ Forbes informs.

Russia and Ukraine have been arguing over Moscow’s plans to phase out subsidised gas prices for Ukraine and bring them in line with world market rates.

Officials in Moscow have said the dispute could endanger deliveries of Russian gas exports to Europe, which pass through Ukraine.

Under an existing barter system, Russia provides Ukraine with nearly a third of its annual gas needs as payment for transit of its European gas exports.

Last week, Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko said the dispute will be resolved by the end of the year.

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Ukraine’s star striker chasing world cup dream

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News / 8 December 2005 | 15:30

Ukraine's star striker chasing world cup dream

Ukraine’s star striker chasing world cup dream

(AP Worldstream) Andriy Shevchenko already has fulfilled many of his dreams and promises. The big one beckons when he leads Ukraine at next year’s World Cup.

Shevchenko, supported by Andriy Husin and Andriy Voronin, scored six goals as Ukraine qualified for the finals of soccer’s showcase for first time.

“Sheva” – as fans of his Italian club, AC Milan, call him – said in a recent interview he already had achieved some of his goals.

He promised his mentor, Valery Lobanosky, to become the first Ukrainian player to win the Champions League title and he did it with AC Milan in 2003, converting the decisive penalty in a shootout with Italian rival Juventus.

He dreamt of winning the Golden Ball award as Europe’s best soccer player and took the prize last year. “Reaching the World Cup finals with Ukraine was another of my dreams by now achieved. Next … comes a good showing in the finals against the world soccer giants,” Shevchenko said.

Idolized at home, Shevchenko is feeding high hopes of Ukrainian soccer fans. “We expect only victory, nothing else (in Germany),” said Yevheniy Bobok, a 27-year-old businessman who works in central Kiev. “Let Shevchenko score many goals for his fatherland.”

Shevchenko has scored many goals indeed. He has 113 with AC Milan in Serie A matches since joining the Milan powerhouse in 1999 on a A20.7 million ($24.31 million) move from Dynamo Kiev.

He scored 24 goals in his first season in Italy to become the Serie A top striker. With Ukraine he has 21 goals and 38 caps.

Shevchenko is considered one of the best forwards on the European stage, combining speed and power with great technique. Yet the creed of the 29-year-old is teamwork.

“I’m the player finalizing the team efforts, but the teamwork is the key to every success. When I score, it’s not my victory but the team victory,” Shevchenko said after netting four goals in a crucial European Champions League match against Fenerbahce last month.

He repeated the deeds of former AC Milan Dutch star Marco Van Basten – now Netherlands coach – who tallied four in a Champions League match against IFK Goteborg in 1992.

Like Van Basten, Sheva is a quick goal poacher inside the penalty area but is also strong with headers and can score from the distance with both feet. “What unites me and Van Basten is the ball rolling into the net,” he says.

A hardworking professional in training, Shevchenko also thinks of business and his future. He has been modeling for Italian top fashion designer Giorgio Armani and has opened an Armani shop in Kiev.

Soccer and business come after his family, however. “Soccer trophies don’t change your life, but a son does,” he said at the baptism of his first son, Jordan, last September.

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Anatoly Burdyuhov: We will liquidate the outbreak of bird flu till the end of the day

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News / 8 December 2005 | 15:15

We will liquidate the outbreak of bird flu till the end of the day

Anatoly Burdyuhov: We will liquidate the outbreak of bird flu till the end of the day

“We plan to liquidate the outbreak of bird flu till the end of the day,” a member of “People’s Union Our Ukraine” party, Crimean PM Anatoly Burdyuhov declared.
 
“Poultry has been slaughtered in every settlement of the peninsula where a bird flu virus had been found. It makes about 30 000 birds. All people got vaccinated from flu. Disinfection and utilization of implements is made by 92%.”

“The situation is stable on the whole on the territory of Crimea. Outbreaks of bird flu are not fixed in other settlements. There are no outbreaks among people. People understood that it is necessary to take preventative measures and mostly keep their poultry in closed houses,” Mr. Burdyugov added.

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NSNU party program will be discussed all over Ukraine

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News / 8 December 2005 | 15:00

NSNU party program will be discussed all over Ukraine

NSNU party program will be discussed all over Ukraine

According to the decisions of the II party congress, a tour-discussion of party program starts on December 9, NSNU press office reported.

“A number of special events, seminars and round tables will take place all over Ukraine. It will be a presentation of programs of development in such fields as economy and finance, education, health protection, village, ecology, military and social issues – a member of party Council of “Our Ukraine” party, the head of ideological department of the Central executive committee Ruslan Nyzhnyk said.

“We will present our outlook on Ukraine’s future till 2010,” he has emphasized.

On December 9-10 the discussions will be carried in Poltava and Kirovohrad and will concern education .

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Karasyov: Timoshenko has little chance of PM office

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News / 8 December 2005 | 14:47

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Karasyov: Timoshenko has little chance of PM office

Leading Ukrainian political scientist Vadym Karasyov reckons it depends on ex-PM Yulia Timoshenko to increase or decrease her chances of Premier’s office.

“Besides, there is always a chance in politics. The politics itself is a chance because it is downright open phenomenon,” stressed Karasyov and added “Yulia Timoshenko will lead the election campaign in aggressive and stormy style as she gets used to do everything. The chance is not a constant. The politician himself can increase or reduce his chances.”

In his mind, “Yekhanurov or other trade-off public persons may claim the PM office. Kinakh, for example.”

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President Yushchenko visits Chornobyl

Posted by the Editor on December 8, 2005


News / 8 December 2005 | 14:09

President Yushchenko visits Chornobyl

President Yushchenko visits Chornobyl

Accompanied by Emergency Minister Victor Baloha, Kyiv Governor Evhen Zhovtyak and Deputy Secretariat Chief-of-Staff Anatoly Matviyenko, Victor Yushchenko arrived in Chornobyl, the President’s press office reported.

There he visited the St. William’s Church and met with local Orthodox residents and representatives of the Chornobyl Community Association. The President commissioned Zhovtyak to legalize the so-called Chornobyl self-settlements. He also asked Baloha to unite all four temples located at the Chornobyl radioactive zone to make one church complex. He opined that the renewal of churches would accelerate the revival of Chornobyl.

Yushchenko also supported the initiative of the local community to found an ethnographic museum in Chornobyl.

“We want to show that normal life is re-emerging here,” he said, thanking the locals for not abandoning the land of their ancestors.

Victor Yushchenko took part in a ceremony to lay flowers on the monument to those who coped with aftermath of the Chornobyl blast.

*The Memorial to Those Who Saved the World was erected to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster on April 26, 1996.

Yushchenko is also scheduled to visit the new depot of processed nuclear fuel and the power plant,  meet with its directors and listen to their report.

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