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First Lady blessed Odessa orphanage

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2006


News / 21 January 2006 | 12:00

First Lady blessed Odessa orphanage

First Lady blessed Odessa orphanage

On January 19, Kateryna Yushchenko, Head of the Supervisory Council of the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Foundation, took part in a ceremony to bless an orphanage in Odessa, the President’s press office told.

Intended for almost one hundred children under the age of seven, the recently built facility was sponsored by the Odessa City Council, NGOs, and philanthropists.

Odessa Governor Vasyl Tsushko, Odessa Mayor Edward Hurwits, famous businessmen and religious leaders attended the ceremony.

Following the event, the First Lady visited the Assumption Monastery.

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Today Ukraine and Russia are to sign all gas documents

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2006


News / 21 January 2006 | 11:30

Today Ukraine and Russia are to sign all gas documents

Today Ukraine and Russia are to sign all gas documents

Today is to be the day of signing of all necessary gas contracts between Russia and Ukraine and formation of joint enterprise, which will deliver gas to Ukraine.

Ukraine’s PM Yuri Yekhanurov informed on Friday that Rosatom and Gazprom delegations are to come today in Ukraine. They will take part in the negotiations.

According to him, during the negotiations, the participants will prepare all documents on transit and supply of gas and formation of joint company by Naftogaz and RosUkrEnergo. He hinted at top-news – the representation of RosUkrEnergo, but refused to give exact details.

As a reminder, On Friday the Cabinet of Ukraine agreed on formation of the joint company by Naftogaz and RosUkrEnergo.

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237 settlements of Ukraine left without electricity

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2006


News / 21 January 2006 | 11:00

237 settlements of Ukraine left without electricity

237 settlements of Ukraine left without electricity

Difficult weather conditions (strong wind, snowstorms and hard frost) caused break of automatic system of power transmission lines. Because of it, there are 237 de-energizide settlements all over Ukraine.

Zaporozhye, Mykolayivsk, Kirovohrad, Dnipropetrivsk and Poltava regions had greatest damages.

The regional breakdown brigades continue restoration works.

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Verkhovna Rada passed the resolution “On Inexpert Actions Concerning Provision of Ukraine with Gas”

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2006


News / 21 January 2006 | 10:30

Verkhovna Rada passed the resolution “On Inexpert Actions Concerning Provision of Ukraine with Gas”

The resolution dismissed Fuel and Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov and Justice Minister Serhiy Holovaty, Ukrainian Radio told.

The resolution also required the Cabinet of Ministers to dismiss Naftogaz President Oleksiy Ivchenko within next three days. It also directed the Prosecutor General’s Office to provide a legal evaluation of Ukraine-Russia gas agreement as well as a legal evaluation of actions done by some state officials who drafted and signed the agreement. It also directed the Prosecutor General’s Office to take urgent measures to protect the interests of the country via the courts. The parliamentary resolution also directed the Accounting Chamber to check Naftogaz financial and business operations during the 2004-2005 periods as well as in 2006 and investigate the relationship between Naftogaz and the RosUkrEnergo Company by February 1, 2006. The parliament also charged the Cabinet of Ministers to base all relations with Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan in the gas industry on intergovernmental agreements, which must be ratified by the parliament.

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Kyiv alleges violation of Ukrainian territorial waters by Russia

Posted by the Editor on January 21, 2006


News / 21 January 2006 | 09:59

Kyiv alleges violation of Ukrainian territorial waters by Russia

Kyiv alleges violation of Ukrainian territorial waters by Russia

Russia denies charges leveled at it by Ukraine of illegal dredging of the seabed in the Kerch Strait, the Soviet-era border between the two countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday. The ministry that said no state border existed in the area of the Kerch Strait, whose legal status was the subject of bilateral negotiations, RIA Novosti informs.

“The Kerch Strait seems to have already been demarcated unilaterally [by the Ukrainian side],” the ministry said. “Such steps taken during the negotiations on the strait’s legal status contradict international law, threaten the achievement of a final agreement and are rejected by the Russian side.”

Kiev’s displeasure with the dredging work, conducted by the dredger Urengoi to deepen the seabed, comes on the back of the dispute between Russia and Ukraine over a Black Sea lighthouse, in Ukrainian territory but leased by the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which Ukrainian officials seized five days ago. Ukraine said it had the rights to the lighthouse, while Russia’s Navy Command called the move a “provocation”.

Ukraine’s move recalls tensions in 2003 between Russia and Ukraine over Tuzla Island in the Kerch Strait, when Russia’s attempt to construct a dam there provoked a bitter three-month dispute with its neighbor.

As a reminder, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko reported Ukraine demanded Russia to cease unapproved works in Kerch Strait.

According to Ohryzko, Urengoy hydraulic dredge touching at the territory waters of Ukraine violates Ukraine’s sovereignty. It conducts dredging, Ohryzko added.

“Ukraine urged Russia to assume urgent measures for ceasing of dredging in this area of waters,” stressed Ohryzko.

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