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Russia patriarch to visit Ukraine to celebrate 1020th anniversary of Kyiv Rus Christianization

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News / 23 July 2008 | 17:35

Russia patriarch to visit Ukraine to celebrate 1020th anniversary of Kyiv Rus Christianization

Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia will visit Ukraine on July 26 to attend celebrations dedicated the 1020th anniversary of the christening of Rus (Russia), ITAR-TASS informed.

“The patriarch will fly to Ukraine with a pastoral visit in order to visit his numerous flock and to pray together with them,” the secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate’s church relations department, Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, said on Wednesday.

He said the main event of the patriarchal visit would be a “liturgy on the da of festivity of Holy Prince Vladimir – the Baptizer of Rus – in the Kiev-Pechera Monastery on July 28.

The liturgy will be read on the square in front of the Assumption Cathedral.

Balashov said the Assembly of Hierarchs that was held in Moscow in June proposed celebrating the event with all solemnity as a day to which Russian Christian Orthodoxy dates back.

“Our great Christian culture began on that day,” Balashov said.

The programme of the patriarch’s visit also includes a liturgy at a monument to Grand Duke Vladimir.

“The divine service is expected to be attended by heads and representatives of all Orthodox churches of the world, ” Balashov said.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in Kiev.

“We are hopeful about this meeting, and we want the Kiev celebrations to serve to the consolidation of unity of the world Orthodox family. We are convinced that the church separations that exists in Ukraine can be successfully overcome only on the basis of Orthodox solidarity,” Balashov said.

The Russian patriarch will also visit Donetsk. He will officiate a divine service in the Holy Assumption Monastery on July 30, a festive day of Svyatogorsk icon of the Mother of God.

“This is a very respected sacrament, and many worshipers come to the celebration of it,” Balashov said.

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Zhvania: Interrogation is a show, schizophrenia”

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News / 23 July 2008 | 16:15

Zhvania: Interrogation is a show, schizophrenia”

OU-PSD lawmaker David Zhvania came for interrogation to the General Prosecutor’s Office, but left the building in about 10 minutes.According to the lawmaker, he left the interrogation because, in his opinion, investigators began to ask him questions that were clarified for many times already at previous interrogations.

“They switched on two cameras and began to ask questions. Which they asked for 250 times already – your personal details, and speak to the camera. And that’s all. We finished the interrogation. I stood up and came out, because it was a mere humiliation”, he said.

He described the interrogation as “a regular act of mockery”, and the format of the interrogation as a “format of schizophrenia”.

“It was a show, a schizophrenia. And I’m not any schizophrenic”, he stressed. At the same time, he noted that he came to the interrogation as he wanted to save his family from pressure of law-enforcement agencies. He again cast doubt upon Yushchenko’s poisoning with dioxin, and reiterated that, in his opinion, it was a food poisoning.

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Lithuania urged EU to grant a clear European prospect to Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on July 23, 2008


News / 23 July 2008 | 15:06

Lithuania urged EU to grant a clear European prospect to Ukraine

Foreign Minister of Lithuania Petras Vaitiekunas on Tuesday urged his colleagues in the EU to grant a clear European prospect to Ukraine and to name this in the new association Agreement, which will change the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement signed in 1997, according to the Baltic Course.

“Strong relations between the EU and Ukraine will encourage domestic reforms in this country and determine strategically important changes in the entire Eastern Europe,” Vaitiekunas underlined.

 According to the report of the Foreign Ministry, Vaitiekunas also suggested to start a dialogue regarding the visa-free regime to Ukraine by preparing a clear action plan and conditions. The Lithuanian Foreign Minister especially highlighted the necessity to successfully finish the negotiations on the overall free trade with Ukraine, which will be the part of the New Consolidated EU and Ukraine Agreement, informs ELTA.

 The EU foreign ministers also discussed trans-Atlantic partnership, the situation in Georgia, Serbia and Kosovo, the process of the EU military operation in Chad and the Central African Republic, the situation in Iran, Somali, Zimbabwe and the Near East in Brussels on Tuesday.

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Tymoshenko sure the gas price will increase gradually

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News / 23 July 2008 | 14:00

Tymoshenko sure the gas price will increase gradually

At the session of the
Cabinet on Wednesday Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said that the gas price
for
Ukraine would increase gradually.

According to her, during
the yesterday’s meeting with Gazprom head Aleksey Miller they found the
compromise regarding the formation of gas price for
Ukraine for the next year.

The Premier also noted that
in the nearest future the talks between Gazprom and Central Asian gas supplies –
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – would be finished, and then it
would be possible to fix final prices.

“As agreed earlier during
my visit to
Moscow, the gas price increase for Ukraine up to the market level will be
gradual, step-by-step during several years,” Tymoshenko said.

She underlined that there
would be no stresses and shocks regarding this question.

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Party of Regions demands “immediate psychiatric examination” of Lutsenko

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News / 23 July 2008 | 13:15

Party of Regions demands “immediate psychiatric examination” of Lutsenko

The Party of Regions appeals
to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko to submit for consideration
the dismissal of the Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko in connection with “violations
of law, Constitution and human rights during the arrest of the acting mayor of
Kharkiv Gennady Kernes.”

The statement of the Party
of Regions also says that this political force asks the Prosecutor’s General
Office to institute a criminal case against Lutsenko.

The Party of Regions also
asks the Prosecutor’s General Office to hold “immediate psychiatric examination
of Yuri Lutsenko, as his actions are inadequate.”

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Tymoshenko sure the gas price will increase gradually

Posted by the Editor on July 23, 2008


News / 23 July 2008 | 14:00

Tymoshenko sure the gas price will increase gradually

At the session of the Cabinet on Wednesday Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said that the gas price for Ukraine would increase gradually.

According to her, during the yesterday’s meeting with Gazprom head Aleksey Miller they found the compromise regarding the formation of gas price for Ukraine for the next year.

The Premier also noted that in the nearest future the talks between Gazprom and Central Asian gas supplies – Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – would be finished, and then it would be possible to fix final prices.

“As agreed earlier during my visit to Moscow, the gas price increase for Ukraine up to the market level will be gradual, step-by-step during several years,” Tymoshenko said.

She underlined that there would be no stresses and shocks regarding this question.

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Tymoshenko promised enough gas for winter

Posted by the Editor on July 23, 2008


News / 23 July 2008 | 12:30

Tymoshenko promised enough gas for winter

Tymoshenko promised enough gas for winter

Opening the session of the
Cabinet Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko stated that
Ukraine would have enough gas for this
winter, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

According to the Premier,
she discussed with Gazprom head Aleksey Miller the question concerning gas
pumping into the gas storage of
Ukraine in order to provide stable gas
supply for the winter period.

Tymoshenko noted that the
state policy regarding pumping of Russian gas into Ukrainian gas storages had
been completely destroyed for the last years.

“We have improved the
situation and start pumping the gas, being purchased by Naftogas at 179.5
dollars per a thousand cu m,” Tymoshenko said.

She also informed that
eight milliard cu m of imported gas had been already pumped.

“If yesterday’s agreements
are in force, we will be able to pump about 14-15 milliard cu m of gas. This
gas belongs to Naftogas, which means that the price will be same as this year,”
the Premier underlined.

She also reminded that
before “the gas had been pumped at one price, but then sold at overrated price.”
It caused bankruptcy of Naftogas Ukrainy, but the situation ahs changed,”
Tymoshenko summed up.

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Party of Regions demands “immediate psychiatric examination” of Lutsenko

Posted by the Editor on July 23, 2008


News / 23 July 2008 | 13:15

Party of Regions demands “immediate psychiatric examination” of Lutsenko

The Party of Regions appeals to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko to submit for consideration the dismissal of the Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko in connection with “violations of law, Constitution and human rights during the arrest of the acting mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes.”

The statement of the Party of Regions also says that this political force asks the Prosecutor’s General Office to institute a criminal case against Lutsenko.

The Party of Regions also asks the Prosecutor’s General Office to hold “immediate psychiatric examination of Yuri Lutsenko, as his actions are inadequate.”

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