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Konovalyuk: “Defending the Russian language we promote Ukrainian”

Posted by the Editor on January 31, 2006


News / 31 January 2006 | 14:17

Konovalyuk: “Defending the Russian language we promote Ukrainian”

 Valery Konovalyuk, the leader of Trudovaya Ukraina (The Labour Ukraine) told ForUm he absolutely supports the Russian language as the second state language of Ukraine.

“I regard it not only as an idea but as an active position aimed at defence of the Russian language. Five years ago, I submitted draft bill ‘About Languages in Ukraine’ which reads about the status, the rights and the possibilities belonged to those citizens of Ukraine whose native language is Russian. I think it is inadmissible and amoral to use the language problem on the eve of every election in Ukraine. It is necessary to comprehend that there are lots of other values and possibilities being pursued by the European society in the third millennium. We must form a policy aimed at protection of every citizen of Ukraine independently of what language the citizen speaks. It is exceeded the limits of common sense when the school program provides three academic hours apiece for Russian classic literature (Lev Tolstoy) and for foreign literature (Korean author, for example),” said Konovalyuk.

“I am sure that to defend the Russian language means to promote Ukrainian one. If the Act “About Languages in Ukraine” is passed, the language problem will be settled without additional changes to the Constitution of Ukraine,” stressed Valery Konovalyuk.

Commenting on the political ads, the leader of Trudovaya Ukraina noted “We must get used to the idea that ads’ statements shouldn’t be treated seriously.”

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Experts: Wild ducks died of avian flu

Posted by the Editor on January 31, 2006


News / 31 January 2006 | 12:46

Wild ducks died of avian flu

Experts: Wild ducks died of avian flu

More than 300 dead birds have been found in Alushta city and Partenit, Crimea, 137 – in the city and 217 – in the village.

According to data of Alushta city state administration, urgent expertise, conducted in the city, confirmed bird flu virus. Results about Partenit are not known yet, LIGA informs.

Heads of sanatorium-and-spa institutions have been invited to the meeting of Headquarters on prevention of avian flu spreading. It has been decided to conduct frequent everyday inspection of beaches’ territory for the purpose of revealing dead birds, and to purchase means of individual protection.

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RosUkrEnergo: Russian gas price may increase

Posted by the Editor on January 31, 2006


News / 31 January 2006 | 11:40

Russian gas price may increase

RosUkrEnergo: Russian gas price may increase

The current price for Russian and Central Asian gas ($95 per 1,000 cubic metres) will remain the same during the first half of a year. Then it will depend on the Asian gas price, RosUkrEnergo Executive Director Oleg Palchikov told.

He noted that $95 is the most optimal price over the whole post-soviet territory. “Moldova purchases gas at $130 but lost its gas-transport system. Georgia spends $110. Only Ukraine succeeded $95 and did not loose its own gas facilities,” said Palchikov.

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The State Minister Tuzmen visits Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on January 31, 2006


News / 31 January 2006 | 10:40
The State Minister Tuzmen visits Ukraine
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The State Minister Tuzmen visits Ukraine

Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen visited a groundbreaking ceremony of a residential complex project worth $230 million undersigned by Ozar-Akyapi (a Turkish company) in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, the Anatolia Times reports.

Delivering a speech in the ceremony, Tuzmen noted, ”trade volume between Turkey and Ukraine had been $125 million in 1992, but it rose to $3.5 billion in 2005.”

”Turkey and Ukraine support the project aimed at making Black Sea a free trade zone. If we fulfill this project, our bilateral trade amount will reach 5 billion USD in a short period of time,” he stressed.

Tuzmen noted that several projects conducted by Turkish contracting companies in Ukraine cost $1 billion now, stating that this figure could rise to 2 billion USD over the next two years.

Stating that Turkish contracting companies undersigned several projects of $5.3 billion abroad in 2004, Tuzmen indicated that they undertook projects worth $9.3 billion in several countries in 2005.

 

Holding the press conference in KyivTurkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen has indicated that “Turkey has received a promise from Ukraine on the supply security of natural gas from Russia.“

Tuzmen met Ukraine`s First Deputy Prime Minister and Co-chairman of Turkey-Ukraine Joint Economic Commission Stanislav Stashevsky.

Tuzmen discussed Turkey`s problems vis-a-vis natural gas supplies.

According to Tuzmen, Stashevsky assured Turkey that Ukraine will assist Turkey in receiving the natural gas it needs from Russia.

Tuzmen told reporters that Turkey wishes to conduct joint searches for oil and natural gas in Ukraine. “We also talked about support to Turkish contractors in Ukrainian tenders. Stashevsky praised the quality of Turkish contractors in Ukraine,“ noted Tuzmen.

Tuzmen is scheduled to return to Turkey on Saturday.

 

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Mass fall of birds has started in Crimea

Posted by the Editor on January 31, 2006


News / 31 January 2006 | 11:25

Mass fall of birds has started in Crimea

Mass fall of birds has started in Crimea

Mass fall of wild ducks has been registered in Alushta region, Crimea, as officials of Veterinary State Department of Alushta reported to Crimean Head Department of Emergency Ministry. Specialist of veterinary service found 211 dead wild ducks in villages Isobilnoe and Partenit.

Samples of a pathological material, taken from the dead birds, have been sent to experts of Crimean veterinary laboratory for establishing the cause of mysterious death of the whole flock. Under conditions when a virus continues to wipe out birds in different regions of Crimea, there is possibility that the wild ducks died of avian flue, newspaper “Segodnya” reported.

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The Ukrainian high authorities held emergency meeting

Posted by the Editor on January 31, 2006


News / 31 January 2006 | 10:20

The Ukrainian high authorities held emergency meeting

The Ukrainian high authorities held emergency meeting

Victor Yushchenko met with Deputy Chief-of-Staff Anatoly Matviyenko, Emergency Minister Victor Baloha, Lugansk Governor Gennadiy Moskal, Ukrzaliznytsya Director General Vasyl Gladkykh, and Deputy Premier Stanislav Stashevsky to discuss ways to cope with last week’s accident in Alchevsk.

The President ordered Baloha and his specialists to completely restore heating supplies to the town in twelve days. He also asked Matviyenko to inform him of all problems impeding the repair activities. Yushchenko then criticized the local authorities but claimed that the problem had been caused by Ukraine’s decaying municipal system. He said he planned to convene a special meeting on municipal reform, the President’s press office informed.

“This reform is ‘overripe’ and it cannot be put offany longer,” he remarked.

Commenting on its key features, Yushchenko said it was necessary to optimize municipal tariffs. That means government will have to change the existing system of subsidies which is inadequate to our incomes.

“By properly carrying out tariff policy local authorities should help those who really need subsidies,” he opined.

Energy efficiency and conservation is vital for the country. Our municipal economy is excessively energy-consuming.

“The rational use of energy isone morefeature of the municipal reform. Experts claim that we lose 50% of energy when heating our homes,” he said and added that this problem is linked to the tariff issue. “Proper tariffs always minimize expenses.”

The President also said it was important to timely pay for consumed energy.

Then henoted thatit would beright to promote competition in this field.Yushchenko is convinced that the municipal system can be profitable and thereby attractive to private owners.

“So the privatization of municipal services should be on our agenda,” he concluded.

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The Pesident of Ukraine condemned Alchevsk authorities

Posted by the Editor on January 31, 2006


News / 31 January 2006 | 10:00

The Pesident of Ukraine condemned Alchevsk authorities

The Pesident of Ukraine condemned Alchevsk authorities

In a brief interview in Alchevsk, Victor Yushchenko said the local authorities and municipal services should learn from last week’s accident, the President’s press office reported.

“The local authorities are dull,” he exclaimed.

The President added that they were not working, and the Emergency Ministry was trying to cope with the disaster alone.

Yushchenkothanked central government for immediately responding to the crisis and assured reporters that specialists from all over Ukraine had arrived in Alchevsk to restore heating supplies to homes in a few days.

“The guilt of the local officials, who allowed the accident to happen, should be investigated,” he said.

The Head of State then urged all residents to adequately elect their mayors and actively control their work. He claimed that he regularly received complaints about municipal services.

“I want to ask you: doesn’t that happen before your eyes? Can’t you be active?” he said.

Yushchenko believes the accident in Alchevsk will make the government revise each principle of the municipal economy.

“Today we must introduce fundamental and profound municipal reforms,” he said and added that one of the features of this reform is competition among service providers.

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The President of Ukraine goes to Alchevsk

Posted by the Editor on January 30, 2006


News / 30 January 2006 | 17:56

The President of Ukraine goes to Alchevsk

The President of Ukraine goes to Alchevsk

Accompanied by Architecture Minister Pavlo Kachur, Coal Minister Victor Topalov, and Deputy Chief-of-Staff Anatoly Matviyenko, Victor Yushchenko went to the city of Alchevsk to personally check how heating supplies are being restored to homes. He is scheduled to visit a school and a few houses and meet with the local authorities at the Alchevsk Mill.

On January 26, the government decided to send UAH 2.5 mln to help the city cope with the disaster.

On the same day, Victor Yushchenko delegated a government group, led by Emergency Minister Victor Baloha, to visit the city to find out how much money the city council needs to fixa gap in the hot-water system leaving 677 local residents without heating.

Health Minister Yuriy Polyachenko had also visited the site. Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov is expected to come to Alchevsk in few days.

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