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The Party of Region got new blood

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News / 16 March 2006 | 15:27

The Party of Region got new blood

The Party of Region got new blood

Over 150,000 citizens of Ukraine became members of the Party of Regions for the last weeks, the party press office reported.

People from different regions of Ukraine become members of the PR on the eve of the election. The number of the “regionals” rose from 820 to 970 persons.

Odesa region numbers the majority of the new members.

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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry asks Ukrainians abroad not to ignore elections

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News / 16 March 2006 | 15:10

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry asks Ukrainians abroad not to ignore elections

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry asks Ukrainians abroad not to ignore elections

Foreign Ministry of Ukraine asks Ukraine’s citizens, who will stay abroad in the day of elections March 26, to come to the nearest polling district and to vote, as declared Vasil Filipchuk, press secretary of Foreign Ministry.

MFA asks Ukraine’s citizens to come to the nearest polling district abroad to do the civic duty and to vote on the parliamentary elections,” said Filipchuk.

He underlined that MFA does all necessary to take into account every vote of a Ukrainian staying abroad.

“Vote of every Ukrainian is valuable for us,” added he.

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President awards Olympic winners

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News / 16 March 2006 | 15:00

President awards Olympic winners

President awards Olympic winners

Victor Yushchenko took part in a ceremony to award Turin bronze winners, biathlon skier Liliya Yefremova and ice-dancers Olena Grushyna and Ruslan Honcharov, and their coaches for outstanding achievements.

Addressing the athletes, the Head of State said: “Your accomplishment is probably the first contribution to Ukraine’s winter athletic fame.” He added that these victories were “great exploits” because of poor training conditions.

The President said the government must create modern and well-equipped training facilities all around the country and reiterated that a meeting of the National Council for Physical Culture and Sports would soon be conducted to find ways of improving Ukraine’s sports infrastructure.

Following the ceremony, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko presented a project to reconstruct the National Olympic Stadium and build an ‘Olympic village,’ a vast seventeen-hectare complex with an ice stadium and an athletic gymnasium.

NOC President Serhiy Bubka and First Deputy Chief of Staff Ivan Vasyunyk attended the ceremony.

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Ukraine Foreign Ministry demands explanations from Belarus

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News / 16 March 2006 | 14:40

Ukraine Foreign Ministry demands explanations from Belarus

Ukraine Foreign Ministry demands explanations from Belarus

Ukraine Foreign Ministry urges Belarusian authorities to render explanations on incident with the 5th Channel journalists, Vasyl Filipchuk Foreign Ministry spokesman told. As a reminder, despite the accreditation and valid permission, the 5th Channel journalist and cameraman were forbidden Belarus.

“We urge Belarusian authorities to make every effort for investigation of the incidents and to render corresponding explanations why Ukrainian citizens are forbidden the country,” said Filipchuk.

“We won’t allow treating our citizens this way. If such incidents happen again, Ukraine will give a corresponding response,” stressed Filipchuk.

Yesterday, Ukraine Foreign Ministry invited Belarusian Ambassador and held negotiations on this matter.

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Ukraine calls the world not to hurry

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News / 16 March 2006 | 14:19

Ukraine calls the world not to hurry

Ukraine calls the world not to hurry

Ukraine calls international community and the participants of negotiations on Kosovo conflict to refrain from hasty steps, which can destabilize the situation in Western Balkans, as declared Vasil Filipchuk, press secretary of Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.

According to him, Ukraine considers the problem of determination of Kosovo status very important. “We have Transdniestrian conflict near our border and we don’t want the determination of Kosovo status to create dangerous precedent for settlement of other frozen conflict on Ukraine’s borders,” said he.

Filipchuk noted that Ukraine is an active contributor on ensuring of Western Balkans security from the first days of Kosovo crisis.

Ukraine speaks in support of negotiations between Belgrade and Prishtina and search of mutually acceptable compromise settlement. As for the future Kosovo status, Ukraine proceeds from decisions of UN Security Council.

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New Polish airline will fly to Ukaine

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News / 16 March 2006 | 13:50

New Polish airline will fly to Ukaine

New Polish airline will fly to Ukaine

A new small Polish airline plans to begin flights next month with discount fares to Germany, Denmark and Ukraine, its president said in remarks published Saturday, AP Worldstream reported.

Jan Szczepkowski, who is also co-owner of the Direct Fly private airline, said tickets would e available from Tuesday to buy on the Internet or by telephone flights between Berlin and the central and northern Polish cities of Gdansk, Bydgoszcz and Lodz.

The airline also will fly between Bydgoszcz and Copenhagen, Denmark, and offer routes from Lodz to Kiev and Lviv, in Ukraine, and from the southeastern Polish city Rzeszow to Lviv.

The first flights have been planned for April 11, Szczepkowski said, according to Polish news agency PAP. The airline, which is targeting business travelers, also planned to fly internal routes in Poland. Ticket prices are to range between 119 zlotys (US$38/A32) on domestic flights to 549 zlotys (US$177/A148) on foreign links.

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MFA: Transdniestrian conflict is a promotional project

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News / 16 March 2006 | 13:30

Transdniestrian conflict is a promotional project

MFA: Transdniestrian conflict is a promotional project

Transdniestrian authorities and Russian Mass Medias feign the conflict in the region, as declared deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Andriy Veselovsky.

“I consider it a pure promotional action, supported by Russian Mass Medias, and, unfortunately, feigned by Transdniestrian power,” said Veselovsky.

According to hi, Russian press covers the situation in Transdniester very negatively. “If we read only Russian newspapers, it will give the impression of total Armageddon here,” said he.

According to Veselovsky, on the Ukrainian-Transdniester border there are 50-70 cars, which can not convey good for Transdniestrian citizens. Besides, by instruction of official Tiraspol ten cars blocked the frontier crossings to nobody can enter the region.

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Ukrainian court cancells sale of Hlitsyniya gusthouse to Russian bank for President Putin

Posted by the Editor on March 16, 2006


News / 16 March 2006 | 13:13

Ukrainian court cancells sale of Hlitsyniya gusthouse to Russian bank for President Putin

Ukrainian court cancells sale of Hlitsyniya gusthouse to Russian bank for President Putin

KYIV – [Presenter] The Hlitsyniya guesthouse in Yalta won’t become the residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kiev business court today cancelled the scandalous agreement on the sale of Hlitsyniya to Russia’s Vneshtorgbank [Foreign Trade Bank], BBC Monitoring Service reported referring to One Plus One Channel.  

Former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and the former head of the Directorate for State Affairs, Ihor Bakay, were involved in the deal. Artek [children’s recreation centre], which was the formal seller at the time, must return to the state the 36m hryvnyas [7.2m dollars] it received. Mariya Vasylyeva has the details.

[Oleh Bachun, captioned as head of the board of judges of Kiev economic court, reading ruling] The court has decided to partially satisfy the demands of the plaintiff and to find invalid the purchase-sale agreement of 12 November 2004 for the buildings and premises of the Hlitsyniya guesthouse.

By way of a reciprocal restitution, Vneshtorgbank – located at 16 Kuznetskiy Most Street, Moscow, Russian Federation – is obliged to return to the state-owned Artek International Children’s Centre – at the designated location – the buildings and premises of the Hlitsyniya guesthouse.

[Correspondent] The verdict of the Kiev business court summed up 22 rulings by courts of various levels during the two-year dispute. Lawyers are constantly amazed at the resourcefulness of some of the officials who devised a huge number of cunning schemes for transferring ownership of state property.

Hlitsyniya has been passed from hand to hand since 1997, when the State Tax Administration took the guesthouse from the Supreme Council [parliament]. Seven years later, it was temporarily under the jurisdiction ofthe legendary presidential Directorate for State Affairs.

Then, for a month it was the property of Artek. At least on paper, it was the children’s republic that sold the pearl of the Livadiya complex and part of the park of the Counts Potocki to Russia’s Vneshtorgbank for 78m hryvnyas, of which the Russians have paid less than half.

It is rumoured that the Russian president has an eye on Hlitsyniya, and his Ukrainian colleague could not refuse.

[Anatoliy Selivanov, captioned as parliament representative] To receive for such a minimal sum a building as unique as the Hlitsyniya guesthouse, to receive 20 hectares of land that is of national significance – this certainly did not happen without certain aspects such as, let’s say, agreements that went against state interests.

[Correspondent] There has not been any reaction from Moscow yet. A representative of Vneshtorgbank refused to comment. But all sides are preparing for the legal battle to continue in other courts – right up to the Stockholm International Arbitration Court.

[Vsevolod Loskutov, captioned as adviser to the Russian embassy] We acquired this building, paid money for it, in accordance with Ukrainian laws. We saw the logic of the way this situation developed. I don’t think we were surprised because we saw the direction it was taking, but of course this causes concern.

[Correspondent] Hlytsyniya has been returned to Ukraine, but only 450 special Ukrainians [MPs] and their families will be able relax in this heavenly spot. According to the court ruling, Artek should transfer it to the Nyzhnya Oreanda sanatorium complex, which comes under the apparatus ofthe Ukrainian parliament.

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