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The local councils to hold re-elections

Posted by the Editor on May 17, 2006


News / 17 May 2006 | 17:44

The local councils to hold re-elections

The local councils to hold re-elections

The re-elections will be held in 52 local councils, CEC Chairman Yaroslav Davydovych told Wednesday at the press conference.

“The re-elections will be a permanent process because the deputy staff constantly changes. Now the repeated elections will be held almost on every Sunday,” stressed Davydovych.

The re-elections will be financed by the local councils, and CEC will only control the procedure.

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The President of Ukraine founds the Institute of National Memory

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News / 17 May 2006 | 17:27

The President of Ukraine founds the Institute of National Memory

The President of Ukraine founds the Institute of National Memory

The government of Ukraine has executed a presidential order to establish the Institute of National Memory.

Victor Yushchenko believes the decision was quite symbolically made a few days before May 21 when Ukraine traditionally honors the victims of the totalitarian regime, the president press office informs.

The institute is intent to preserve national memory, hold events to honor those who fell prey to genocide famines and retaliations, explore the tragic period of totalitarian repressions in Ukraine and make these facts known.

Ukraine’s Finance Ministry and Economy Ministry will have to find additional budget funds forthe institute.

On May 21, Victor Yushchenko is going to take part in a memorial ceremony to commemorate the victims of the totalitarian regime at Bykivnya. Attoday’s media briefing, his press secretary, Iryna Gerashchenko, said the President would then also announce who will head the institute.

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Ukrainian children to get treatment in Germany

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News / 17 May 2006 | 17:11

Ukrainian children to get treatment in Germany

Ukrainian children to get treatment in Germany

Two seriously ill children living in Cherkasy will be operated on by German cardio surgeons, Cherkasy Regional Administration press office reported. Ukraine-Germany Committee attached to Children Hearts Medical Program is commissioned with choice and referral to the operative treatment of ill children.

According to the program, the patients must have medical testimony of Kyiv Cardiology Institute about the defects of interatrial septum or ventricular septum. There is a limitation in patients’ age – 8-12 years only. The important condition is the preoperative preparation of the patient.

Over 1,000 children suffer from serious cardiac problems in Cherkasy region. 130 little patients need operative treatment. Since 1994 German surgeons have operated on 14 little Ukrainians within the framework of the Children Hearts Medical Program. All operations had positive results.

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The President of Ukraine promotes sports

Posted by the Editor on May 17, 2006


News / 17 May 2006 | 16:00

The President of Ukraine promotes sports

The President of Ukraine promotes sports

Victor Yushchenko has presided over a meeting of the National Council for Physical Culture and Sports.

Vitaly Klytchko, NCPCS Deputy Head and boxing champion, Volodymyr Bazhenkov, Head of the Council of the Spartak Sports Association, Valeriy Borzov, President of the Athletics Federation and member of the National Olympic Committee, Ivan Vasyunyk, First Deputy Chief of Staff and member of the National Olympic Committee, Oleksandr Volkov, Olympic basketball champion, Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Humanitarian Premier, Markiyan Lubkivsky, Head of the Secretariat Humanitarian Office, Stanislav Nikolayenko, Education Minister, Yuriy Pavlenko, Youth and Sports Minister, Volodymyr Platonov, Rector of National Sports University, Liliya Podkopayeva, Olympic gymnastics champion, and Yuriy Polyachenko, Health Minister, were present at the meeting, the president press office informs.

They discussed a presidential decree on sports policies. The Head of State said these policies should be based on three priorities.

First, the government must promote healthy lifestyles. “I am convinced that acountry that does not develop physical culture has to develop health care by building new hospitals and facilities for the disabled,” he opined.

Second, we must develop the system of so-called reserved sports. President Yushchenko pointed out that villages and towns had almost no gyms and added that Kyiv also lacked sports facilities.

Third, it is incumbent on the government to develop the sports infrastructure building new gyms and fields and re-equipping those which need to be renovated. The President said Ukraine was unfortunately lagging behind the rest of the world having fewer sports facilities than other countries, “when it is important to have a developed network of such facilities to help our athletes succeed at competitions.”

Yushchenko stated that achievements of our athletes should be seen as an important indicator of national development and improvement of Ukraine’s international reputation and image.

The Head of State then said effective sports polices “depend not only on material resources but also on cooperation of state and public agencies. He reiterated that the National Council was created for such cooperation.

Youth Minister Yuriy Pavlenko presented a detailed analysis of the current state of sports and physical culture in Ukraine. He said only 13% of the population did sports and also outlined a few mechanisms of resolving urgent problems in the field.

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Canadian nursing students visit Ukraine

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News / 17 May 2006 | 15:39

Canadian nursing students visit Ukraine

Canadian nursing students visit Ukraine

Carol O’Connell made one of her dreams a reality last month when she flew some of her nursing students to Ukraine.

The practical nursing instructor at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Burridge campus had been to Ukraine in 2003 with a church missionary group and thought immediately it would be a great learning experience for her students, the CronicleHerald reports.

“I thought this would be so incredible if I could share this experience with my students,” she said Wednesday.

And that’s how Nurses Building Bridges was born.

Ms. O’Connell and 10 nursing students and nurses spent eight days in Odessa, Ukraine helping orphans and street children. They took the trip through World Hope International, a church group.

At an orphanage, the students played games and made crafts with the orphans to assess their developmental stages. Jennifer Robicheau, one of the students, said she was surprised to see so many babies in the orphanage.

“I almost had to tell myself they don’t have a mom and a dad. The orphanage is their family,” she said.

Students also got to help nurses at the city hospital and visited a drop-in centre for street kids.

Amanda Theriault, another nursing student, said she found it interesting to compare health care in Ukraine and in Canada.

“All their procedures are simple and to the point and ours are really complicated, but we end up with the same result,” she said.

Ms. O’Connell said she’s always been a firm believer in learning by doing and encouraging students to do things outside of their comfort zone.

Although this is the first time she’s taken her students to a foreign country, she expects she’ll do it again.

“I can’t see why I wouldn’t,” she said.

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Ex-Chief of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council Petro Poroshenko on the coalition talks

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News / 17 May 2006 | 15:15

Ex-Chief of Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council Petro Poroshenko on the coalition talks

Ex-Chief of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council Petro Poroshenko on the coalition talks

An incapability to find a compromise in negotiations over the coalition formation may lead to the federalisation of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, the OU Political Council member and ex-Secretary of NSDCU told.

Commenting on BYuT’s accusations of OU-PR secret talks, Poroshenko stressed: “To hold negotiations and to meet are two different formats. It is necessary to meet because if the political force which represents 40-50-70% of that or this region drove into a corner it would be able to start acting inadequately.”

“I have met and I meet the representatives of PR during the working group’s sessions. In my humble opinion, there is nothing reprehensible in these meetings. I am confident the parliamentary working group should pass decisions which will not put pressure upon the parliament. Regarding a modest whip-hand of coalition, it may cause unpredictable consequences,” added Poroshenko.

“The security and the territorial integrity are our supreme priorities. The people will condemn us if we tolerate the country’s division,” stressed Petro Poroshenko.

Responding the question on his participation in OU-PR coalition talks, Poroshenko mentioned: “I discuss only orange coalition formation. But I am sure that all politicians must feel free to contact each other.” Along with this, Poroshenko stressed that he is not ideological opponent of OU-PR coalition: “I do remain a supporter of orange coalition but I am sure that its creation badly needs a compromise. And theoretically, the variety of coalitions is unlimited. I was surprised by the recent sociological polls which underline the increase of orange-blue coalition’s supporters – from 12% to 38%. The number of pure orange one has reduced – only 42%.”

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Coalition negotiations renewed

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News / 17 May 2006 | 14:20

Coalition negotiations renewed

Coalition negotiations renewed

Representative of the Our Ukraine bloc Yuri Klyuchkovsky confirms the renewal of negotiations between the OU bloc, Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko and Socialist Party of Ukraine about formation of a coalition in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

According to Klyuchkovsky, today’s morning a meeting of these three forces took place. The deputy asked journalists “not to seek any sensation in this fact.” Klyuchkovsky noted that representatives of these political forces must work in a normal atmosphere, find decisions of questions, which arise during the negotiation process.

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Ukraine does not possess nuclear war-heads

Posted by the Editor on May 17, 2006


News / 17 May 2006 | 13:41

Ukraine does not possess nuclear war-heads

Ukraine does not possess nuclear war-heads

Commenting on information voiced by certain mass media that Russia might have not withdrawn all nuclear war-heads from Ukraine, Colonel-General Nikolay Solovtsov, RF Rocket Strategic Forces Commander said: “It is impossible.”

“None of Ukraine’s nuclear war-heads has ‘been lost.’ Everything was withdrawn to Russia,” stressed RF Colonel-General Solovtsov in the interview to “Argumenti I Facty” out on Wednesday.

As a reminder, January, 1994, Ukraine, the USA and Russia inked the agreement on denuclearized status of Ukraine. In accordance with this document, the USA and RF ensure Ukraine’s safety. Later on December 5, 1994, in Budapest, Ukraine was provided with guarantees of its territorial integrity in exchange for its surrender of the nuclear weapon. Now, the liquidation of strategic offensive weapon is coming to an end in Ukraine.

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