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Ukraine becoming more attractive for foreign investors

Posted by the Editor on August 28, 2006


News / 28 August 2006 | 17:23

Ukraine becoming more attractive for foreign investors

Ukraine becoming more attractive for foreign investors

Over the first six months of 2006 investments to the Ukrainian economy significantly increased, Cabinet’s press office reported. According to the State Statistics Committee, the growth of direct foreign investments in first half of 2006 reached 1.698 bn. USD. The general amount of foreign investments into Ukraine’s economy’s, as of July 1, 2006, amounted to18.383 bn. USD.

Among the biggest investors are Cyprus (with investments increased by 433.6 mln USD), France (361.6 mln USD), Great Britain (272.9 mln USD), the Netherlands (270.4 mln USD) and Russia (101.5 mln USD). Big investments also came from Austria, the British Virgin Islands and Poland. The biggest investments were made to the financial sector (592.4 mln USD), immovable property (278.6 mln USD) and industry (423.3 mln USD).

High investment dynamics in early 2006 makes to hope that the plan of investment from non-residents, drafted by the Economics Ministry for 2006, will be implemented. However, some analysts believe these can hardly be considered as real foreign investments, as the bulk of them are foreign investments just formally.

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Gas price for Ukraine to increase

Posted by the Editor on August 28, 2006


News / 28 August 2006 | 16:54

Gas price for Ukraine to increase

Gas price for Ukraine to increase

The gas price for Ukraine in 2007 will amount to 135 USD per 1,000 cubic meters, First vice Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said in an interview to the Profil – Ukraina weekly. According to him, this price is the most optimistic. Still, the Cabinet of ministers is ready for much higher price. “Cabinet of ministers is creating a stabilization fund of some three billion hryvnias to compensate the expenditures if needed,” he said.

In 2006 the gas price for Ukraine was 95 USD per 1,000 cubic meters. The price was formed by the RosUkrEnergo due to mixing Russian gas at 230 USD price with Middle Asian gas at 50 – 65 USD per one thousand cubic meters.

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Prisoners of Odesa penal colony formed theatre

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News / 28 August 2006 | 15:42

Prisoners of Odesa penal colony formed theatre

Prisoners of Odesa penal colony formed theatre

Condemned of South penal colony of Odesa region have created a theatre, and prepared the first play to Independence Day.

As the colony’s chief Samvel Nazaryan told journalists, it is the first play staged by prisoners for the last 25 years. The staff of the theatre numbers seven people, young men of 20-26 years old. They have worked out scenario and staging, distributed roles.

The play is about typical unfortunate family, in which father-alcoholic beats mother, and son has to leave the family. Falling under influence of criminals, he and his girl-friend appear in difficult situation. Further fate of the heroes is unknown. Prisoners were offered to work out the end of the play on a competitive basis.

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Poland believes in friendship with Yanukovich

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News / 28 August 2006 | 14:15

Poland believes in friendship with Yanukovich

Poland believes in friendship with Yanukovich

Polish government does not forecast worsening of relations between Ukraine and Poland with Yanukovich’s coming into power, as Poland’s vice PM Anjey Lepper told “Profile” magazine.

“I think there will be no difficulties. Both Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski and PM Yaroslav Kaczynski, as well as parties of the ruling coalition, stand for good-neighbour relations with Ukraine,” Lepper said.

He added that “foreign policy is in President Yushchenko’s hands; his representatives are responsible for this bloc, and none of these ministers belong to Party of Regions. Ukraine aspires to be a member of the European Union, and Poland supports this course. As for NATO, it is Ukraine’s choice.”

As for Ukraine’s image after the formation of the new government, Lepper noted: “Mass Medias influence this image very much. Press all the time underlines Yanukovich’s origin, his aspiration to become closer to Russia, and it does not help to create good image. At the same time, common sense must win: Ukraine is interested in good relations with Russia as well as with Europe.”

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Ukraine’s Tarasyuk to pay a visit to Poland

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News / 28 August 2006 | 13:48

Ukraine's Tarasyuk to pay a visit to Poland

Ukraine’s Tarasyuk to pay a visit to Poland

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Borys Tarasyuk is paying one-day working visit to Poland on August 29.

As the press office of the Foreign Ministry reports, the agenda of the visit includes tarasyuk’s meetings with the head of foreign department of Poland Anna Fotiga and defense minister Radoslav Sikorski.

The parties plan to discuss issues of bilateral cooperation, priority tasks of bilateral relations, cooperation in energy sphere, European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian – Russian commission completed investigation of the Russian TU-154 plane’s crash

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News / 28 August 2006 | 13:21

Ukrainian - Russian commission completed investigation of the Russian TU-154 plane's crash

Ukrainian – Russian commission completed investigation of the Russian TU-154 plane’s crash

The mixed Ukrainian – Russian Intergovernmental Commission in charge of investigating into the Russian TU-154 plane’s crash and aiding the victims’ families officially completed their work, which was stated by the Commission’s co-chairperson, Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin.

Levitin thanked Donetsk City and region authorities for aiding S&R operations and for hospitality in accommodating the victims’ relatives, Cabinet’s press office reported.

As of 15:00 Saturday, 82 bodies out of those 170 who were on board the plane were identified.

Remains of 43 victims were transported to St Petersburg and Krasnodar on Friday.

On Saturday a second flight was to depart for St Petersburg at 19:00 to carry remains of 35 victims. Two bodies were to be transported to Kharkiv and Feodosia by the relatives.

On Saturday a Russian Duma and Moscow City Duma delegation arrived in Donetsk to visit the site of the August 22 crash.

According to preliminary data, the TU-154 airliner’s crash was caused by the strong turbulence zone, which the plane entered.

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Gas transportation consortium to be formed by the end of the year

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News / 28 August 2006 | 12:59

Gas transportation consortium to be formed by the end of the year

Gas transportation consortium to be formed by the end of the year

Formation of the gas transportation consortium is planned for October 2006 and natural gas direct supplies from Turkmenistan to Ukraine are supposed to be resumed in 2006, as Ukrainian Minister for Fuels and Energy Yuri Boyko predicted, Cabinet’s press office reported.

According to the Minister, the story is about formation of the gas transportation consortium in an initial format under the agreement, signed in fall 2004.

In 2002 Ukraine and Russia agreed upon creating an international gas consortium, in January 2003 Naftogaz Ukrainy and the Russian Gazprom registered the consortium as a legal entity with the share of 50 percent each.

In May 2004 Naftogaz Ukrainy, Gazprom and Ruhrgas AG (Germany) agreed upon conditions of participation of the German party in the consortium and in mid 2004 Poland aired its interest in staking in the gas consortium, too.

As Turkmen gas supplies are concerned, Boyko reassured the necessary contract would be signed.

In June 2006 the Turkmen Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry and Mineral Resources proposed Ukraine to conclude a contract on gas supplies in October – December 2006 at 100 USD per 1,000 cu. m. instead of 60 USD, set by the 2006 contract. Ukraine meant to insist on supplies of at least 10 – 12 bn. cu. m of gas under direct contracts in second half of 2006 at 60 USD per 1,000 cu. m.

Since early 2006 Ukraine has received no Turkmen gas under direct contracts.

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Ukrainians competed for the right to be named “the most dexterous varenik-eater”

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News / 28 August 2006 | 12:16

Ukrainians competed for the right to be named “the most dexterous varenik-eater”

New record in rapid eating of vareniks has been established in Ukraine.

25-year-old Lviv citizen Taras Dzhuba ate hundred vareniks for five minutes and 29 seconds.

Nine participants competed for the right to be named “the most dexterous varenik-eater”. Each participant was given a bowl with hundred vareniks.

Organizers of the All-Ukrainian competition plan to make this action traditional. According to them, vareniks are no worse than American hot-dogs, Italian pizza or Georgian kebab. Vareniks have all chances to become an international culinary article.

The winner of the competition prepares for the world competition on vareniks eating, which is to take place in the United States.

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