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Last group of Ukrainians has been evacuated from Lebanon

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News / 1 August 2006 | 16:02

Last group of Ukrainians has been evacuated from Lebanon

Last group of Ukrainians has been evacuated from Lebanon

Today the last group of Ukrainian citizens has arrived in Ukraine from Lebanon, as Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk told on the meeting of the Cabinet, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

According to Tarasyuk, for August 1, 2006 1.117 Ukrainian civilians, including 317 children, were evacuated from Lebanon.

Together with its citizens Ukraine also evacuated 38 foreign nationals (23 Lebanese civilians, five Russians, three Moldavians, two Uzbeks, two Palestinians, two Byelorussians and one US citizen).

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Government allotted funds for liquidation of the consequences of disaster

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News / 1 August 2006 | 15:42

Government allotted funds for liquidation of the consequences of disaster

Government allotted funds for liquidation of the consequences of disaster

Cabinet of Ministers allotted 51 million hryvnias for liquidation of the consequences of disaster that took place on June 30 – July 2, 2006 in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Chernovtsy regions.

According to the document, 6 280.8 thousand hryvnias were allotted for liquidation of the consequences of disaster to the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, 34 362.8 thousand hryvnjas to the Ivano-Frankivsk regional administration, 4 209.3 thousand hryvnjas to Lviv, 6 597.8 thousand hryvnias to Chernovtsy regions.

Ministry of Finance shall make the assignments allotted from the State Budget reserve.

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Our Ukraine supports dismissal of the parliament

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News / 1 August 2006 | 15:05

Our Ukraine supports dismissal of the parliament

Our Ukraine supports dismissal of the parliament

The Our Ukraine bloc declares its support of the initiative of Ukraine’s President Victor Yushchenko to dismiss the parliament if the political forces do not unite in the name of interests of our country and its people, as the statement of the bloc says.

“On the all-national roundtable called by the President Ukrainians had an opportunity to estimate the level of national consciousness of politicians. The President proposed open policy without intrigues and betrayals,” the document states.

According to OU members, “the days passed since July 27 witnessed that not all politicians were ready to follow all-national interests in their activity. Some of officials try to carry out state policy by means of blackmail and ultimatums.”

Our Ukraine calls all political forces to pluck up their courage and to unite in the name of interests of our country and its people. “If personal interests of some politicians outweigh all-national interests, Our Ukraine will support President’s initiative to dismiss the parliament. The Head of State has all necessary constitutional grounds for this,” the statement says.

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Ukraine President to consult over dismissal of the parliament

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News / 1 August 2006 | 13:48

Ukraine President to consult over dismissal of the parliament

Ukraine President to consult over dismissal of the parliament

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko plans to conduct consultations concerning dismissal of the parliament with leaders of the factions, VR speaker and his deputies.

The President has already conducted meetings with BYuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko and OU faction leader Roman Bezsmertny. Yushchenko also plans to meet Party of Regions leader Victor Yanukovich.

During the meeting with Tymoshenko and Bezsmertny they spoke about parliamentary crisis and ways of overcoming it. The parties also discussed the issue concerning early cessation of Verkhovna Rada’s commissions in case if confrontations fail to be overcome.

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Ukraine’s President: National Unity Pact must be signed

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News / 1 August 2006 | 12:35

National Unity Pact must be signed

Ukraine’s President: National Unity Pact must be signed

Victor Yushchenko emphasized on mass media briefing, that National Unity Pact should be a base unifying act for political forces and fix a firmness of internal and foreign courses of Ukraine. “The nation, as a fresh air, needs fundamental legal act, which would demonstrate, that key political figures in this country determine main national priorities,” said the President.

According to him, the working group should resolve all differences in the draft act. The working group meeting should resolve all key problems, which we couldn’t do on Saturday night,” said the Head of State.

The President also stressed, National Unity Pact should answer the key political questions, and political forces need to agree between each other.

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Round table will start its work after 2 p.m.

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News / 1 August 2006 | 12:19

Round table will start its work after 2 p.m.

Round table will start its work after 2 p.m.

Conducting of the roundtable is scheduled for 2 p.m., as OU representative Mykola Katerynchuk said on the press conference.

The deputy pointed out that during the roundtable the parties would continue consultations on possible signing of Universal of national unity.

Katerynchuk noted that Our Ukraine had worked out and submitted its propositions to the draft document.

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Ukrainian metallurgical companies faces enlargement

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News / 1 August 2006 | 11:48

Ukrainian metallurgical companies faces enlargement

Ukrainian metallurgical companies faces enlargement

According to Industrial Policy Minister Volodymyr Shandra, in about two years from now Ukrainian metallurgical companies will undergo the process of enlargement through mergers and takeovers. This process, he said, will be accompanied by growing prices for imported natural gas and the metallurgical industry’s drive for modernizing its production facilities and applying energy-saving technologies.

As Volodymyr Shandra noted, applying energy-saving technologies allowed the Ukrainian metallurgical industry to reduce consumption of gas in 2006’s first half by one billion cu. m., as compared with last year’s January – June. In the Minister’s opinion, the global metal market’s glowingly favorable conjuncture and increasingly brisk demand for metal in Ukraine spell good hopes for Ukrainian metallurgical businesses.

According to the State Statistics Committee, in January – June 2006 Ukrainian metallurgical mills increased production of steel to 13.616 M. tons, which was an 0.2 percent increment versus 2005’s first half. They increased manufacture of cast iron by 4.2 percent to 15.927 M. tons.

According to the Industrial Policy Ministry, steel is made by nineteen mills and steel pipes are made by nine works in Ukraine. Ukrainian metallurgical companies are largely controlled by investors. Metal products account for about 40 percent of Ukraine’s total exports.

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Hryvnia devalues 4.3% in January-June

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News / 1 August 2006 | 11:17

Hryvnia devalues 4.3% in January-June

Hryvnia devalues 4.3% in January-June

The real effective exchange rate of the hryvnia national currency rose by 0.9% in June but fell by 4.3% in the entire January-June period of 2006, according to data from the Economy Ministry.

According to the ministry, the rise of the hryvnia’s real effective exchange rate against the US dollar and the Russia ruble in June lowered the competitiveness of Ukrainian exports by 0.9%.

On the cash market, the hryvnia rose by 0.56% in June and by 1.54% in the January-June period.

For the first time since September 2005, the balance of foreign-currency purchases and sales by the population was positive at US$ 63 million in June (negative at US$ 1.876 billion in the entire January-June period) because of the start of the holiday season.

According to specialists with the Economy Ministry, the hryvnia rose against the euro by 1.06% in June and by 5.58% in the January-June period, in line with the trends on international currency markets.

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