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Zhvania threats Yushchenko with impeachment

Posted by the Editor on July 25, 2008


News / 25 July 2008 | 17:40

Zhvania threats Yushchenko with impeachment

Zhvania threats Yushchenko with impeachment

In response to yesterday’s statement by the President about Zhvania’s involvement in Yushchenko’s poisoning, the press office of David Zhvania released the statement on the deputy in which he threats Yushchenko with impeachment.

“Such actions of Yushchenko doubt his compliance with the high post he is holding – President of Ukraine. Violation of the Constitution, presumption of innocence in particular, is a significant ground to initiate impeachment,” the statement says.

Commenting on the statement of Zhvania’s press office BYuT deputy Stepan Kurpil said that David Zhvania declaration concerning presidential impeachment was very emotional and absolutely groundless. “It is obvious that such statement cannot become a ground to dismiss the president.”

According to him, President was also wrong having said about Zhvania’s involvement. “Such statements can be made by legal authorities, like investigators or court, only,” the deputy underlined.

Kurpil expressed an opinion that the Head of the State is not allowed to make such emotional statements.

“I understand that a tragedy happened to the President. But he is the President and must make only reasonable statements within the law and Constitution. Ordinary man can say something like this on his kitchen, but not the President. He does not have a right for such public statements even if he thinks like this,” Kurpil noted.

In her turn, the Party of Regions deputy Anna Herman said that first of all, Zhvania overrates the significance of himself, and secondly, it is not him to decide what the Ukrainian people will do about their President.

“Zhvania goes too far. It is not him to decide what the grounds are for presidential impeachment, but the Ukrainian people,” she underlined.

Commenting on the statement of the President on Zhvania’s involvement into poisoning, the deputy said that “Zhvania’s behavior and statements say that Yushchenko is not that wrong.”

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Russia wants Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine after 2017

Posted by the Editor on July 25, 2008


News / 25 July 2008 | 16:20
Russia would like to keep the Black Sea Fleet base in Ukraine`s port of Sevastopol after 2017, the Russian Navy commander said Friday, according to RIA Novosti.Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said Thursday that preparations for the withdrawal by 2017 of Russia`s Black Sea Fleet from Ukrainian territory should begin without delay.”Russia has never made a secret of its desire to retain its presence in Sevastopol after 2017,” Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said. “After all, it is a natural basing area that has evolved historically.”

He added that he “takes it for granted” that an agreement with Ukraine would be eventually achieved.

Vysotsky said the Russian naval presence in Ukraine was beneficial for the local population: In addition to rent, $4 million in special subsidies to the cities of Sevastopol, Feodosia and Gvardeisky from the Russian federal budget, and indirect contributions to local budgets, the fleet provides about 25,000 jobs.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko said Tuesday that a bill on preparing for the Russian Black Sea Fleet`s withdrawal from Ukraine`s Crimea by 2017 was ready and would soon be submitted to the Ukrainian parliament.

 

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European Commission maintains the ban on all operations of Ukraine Cargo Airways

Posted by the Editor on July 25, 2008


News / 25 July 2008 | 15:40

European Commission maintains the ban on all operations of Ukraine Cargo Airways

The European Commission on Thursday updated a blacklist of airlines that are banned from flying into European Union (EU) member states due to safety concerns.

The commission also decided to maintain the ban on all operations of Ukraine Cargo Airways, as the airline has not yet been able to successfully implement its corrective actions plan.

With the latest update, the commission removed the operation ban from Iranian air carrier Mahan Airlines.

The new list still imposes a ban on all carriers from Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon save for Gabon Airlines and Afrijet, whose operations are frozen to the current level.

In addition, eight individual carriers’ operations are fully banned in the EU.

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Ambassador of Ukraine summoned to Russian Foreign Ministry

Posted by the Editor on July 25, 2008


News / 25 July 2008 | 14:47

Ambassador of Ukraine summoned to Russian Foreign Ministry

Ambassador of Ukraine summoned to Russian Foreign Ministry

Ambassador of Ukraine to the Russian Federation Kostyantyn Hryshchenko was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry to discuss the decision of the Ukrainian Security Service to bar the entry to Russian member of parliament Konstantin Zatulin.

The arrest of K.Zatulin is a “blatant demonstration of the unfriendly attitude of Ukraine to a prominent public figure of Russia”, claimed top deputy Foreign Minister of RF Andrey Denisov.

Today the Russian Embassy in Kyiv sent to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine a note concerning the incident. The document expressed a “deep concern of the Russian side about the decision”, and a demand to “immediately provide official explanations about the incident”.

As reported earlier, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) made decision to bar the entry to Russian State Duma member Konstantin Zatulin, and brought a criminal case against him for his attempts to destabilize the situation in Ukraine during the celebration of the 1020th anniversary of the Kyiv Rus Orthodox Baptism. Zatulin, the top deputy chairman of the Russian parliamentary committee for CIS issues, was detained in the Symferopol airport in the evening of July 24. According to the information of Russian mass media, Zatulin arrived in Ukraine to take part in a tennis tournament in Crimea on the eve of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Day celebration.

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Ukrainian nuclear reactor shuts down after alarm

Posted by the Editor on July 25, 2008


News / 25 July 2008 | 13:55
Emergency officials say a warning alarm triggered the automatic shut down of a nuclear reactor in western Ukraine, according to Reuters.Officials at the Emergency Situations Ministry said a fall in water levels at a steam generator in the third reactor of the Rivne nuclear power plant caused Thursday`s shutdown.The ministry said Friday that radiation levels remained normal at the station. Officials declined to give more details.Ukraine was the site of the 1986 Chernobyl accident, the world`s worst civilian nuclear disaster. The Rivne nuclear plant is of a different design that the Chernobyl reactor.

 

 

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Bartholomew I claims he arrived to pray for unification of all the Christians of Ukraine

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News / 25 July 2008 | 13:15
President Victor Yushchenko welcomed in Ukraine Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. The welcoming ceremony took place today at Boryspil airport, according to the President`s press-office. In his greeting word President Yushchenko thanked Patriarch Bartholomew I for his efforts in promoting spiritual values around the world.He also stressed that Ukrainians consider the visit an exhibit of deep Christian love to the whole Ukrainian nation.

Patriarch Bartholomew I from his part thanked President Yushchenko for the invitation to take part in celebration of 1020th anniversary of Baptism of Rus’.

“We arrived here to pray for unification of all the Christians of Ukraine. We arrived here as angels of peacewho desire unity”, – he said.

Together with President, President’s Chief of Staff Viktor Baloha, NSDC Secretary Raisa Bohatyryova, former President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, Vice Prime Minister Ivan Vasyunyk, Minister for Culture Vasyl Vovkun, Defense Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov, His Beatitude Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine, other officials.

 

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Prime Minister instructs to take measures on hurricane consequences

Posted by the Editor on July 25, 2008


News / 25 July 2008 | 12:30

Prime Minister instructs to take measures on hurricane consequences

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko instructed leaders of the Emergency Ministry and the Fuel and Energy Ministry to take measures on mitigation of hurricane consequences that occurred today’s night, as a result of which inhabited localities in six Ukrainian regions suffered.

The Head of the Government also instructed the Agrarian Policy Minister to clear out what losses have been inflicted to agrarian enterprises of those regions and to render the necessary assistance to them.

As reported, during a night July 23 – July 24, as a result of complicated weather conditions (heavy rain and gusts to 20 meters/second in some localities), as well as due to a response of the electric transmission’s automated protection in six regions, 212 inhabited localities have been cut off the energy supply, in particular, 128 inhabited localities in the Rivne region, 28 – in the Odesa region, 24 – in the Vinnytsia region, 21 – in the Khmelnytsky region, 10 – in the Mykolayiv region and one in the Volyn region.

Teams of regional energy companies have been attracted to renewal of electric supply to inhabited localities.

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1020th anniversary of Baptism of Kyivan Rus will help to unify Orthodox Churches’ branches

Posted by the Editor on July 25, 2008


News / 25 July 2008 | 11:40

1020th anniversary of Baptism of Kyivan Rus will help to unify Orthodox Churches' branches

1020th anniversary of Baptism of Kyivan Rus will help to unify Orthodox Churches’ branches

Speaking about the coming celebration of 1020th anniversary of Baptism of Kyivan Rus’, President Victor Yushchenko said that the event is very important for unification of Orthodox Churches’ branches in Ukraine.

He also said that the visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to Ukraine on this occasion will contribute to establishing dialogue between the Orthodox Churches in Ukraine. “Welcoming Ecumenical Patriarch is a great honor for our land and our nation,” added Victor Yushchenko.

According to Victor Yushchenko’s opinion accord among churches in Ukraine is vital for country’s development. As one of tasks for the state here he named establishment of suitable conditions for religions to develop. “I will be doing all I can to bring Ukraine to accord among the churches”, – he said, adding also that establishment of a single Orthodox Church in Ukraine is his dream.

Ecumenical Patriarchy Bartholomew I has arrived in Ukraine to take part in celebration of the 1020th anniversary of the Kyiv Rus Orthodox Baptism on Friday, July 25.

He was met in Kyiv “Boryspil” airport by President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko, President’s Chief of Staff Victor Baloha, National Security Chief Raisa Bohatyryova, Defense Minister Yuri Yekhanurov, acting SBU chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Kostenko, ex-President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, members of parliament, and representatives of churches.

Today the President of Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchy will visit the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Monastery, will lay flowers to the monuments to Princess Olha, Kyrylo and Mefodiy, to St. Andriy and St. Volodymyr.

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