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Holodomor Memorial Site approved in Washington, D.C.

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News / 6 October 2008 | 17:40

Holodomor Memorial Site approved in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, October 2, 2008, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) approved and awarded a parcel of federally owned land to the Ukrainian Government as the site for the Memorial to Victims of the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-33, according to a press release forwarded to UNIAN by Morgan Williams, Founder and Trustee of “Holodomor: Through the Eyes of Ukrainian Artists” Collection and member of the International Holodomor Committee (IHC).Public Law 109-340 authorized the memorial, as signed by President Bush on October 13, 2006 according to the “Ukraine in Brief”, Volume IV, Issue of the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS) in Washington, D.C. on Friday, October 3, 2008.

The “Ukraine in Brief” newsletter said: “The Ukrainian Famine-Genocide bill (HR562) was sponsored by Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), co-chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, which passed unanimously in the House of Representatives and Senate in 2005, 2006 respectively.

The adopted site is an approximately 3100 square foot triangular site located at the intersection of North Capital Street, Massachusetts Avenue, and F Street in NW Washington, DC. Office, government, institutional, and residential buildings characterize the general area surrounding the site.

 The Postal Museum is across the street, and it is five blocks north of the U.S. Capitol. This open and visible site is situated in a busy and highly trafficked area that serves as a transition point between east and west Washington, DC.

The site is important as the first reservation west of Union Station, and is a significant entrance point from Union Station to NW DC through Massachusetts

Avenue, which is known for its international character.

Speaking about the accomplishment of the site selection, Alan Harwood a Principal with EDAW, Inc., the planning and design firm that is leading the

project team, “the Ukrainian memorial will be located on a wonderful and prominent site in the Nation`s Capital. It will be highly visible to many residents, employees, and visitors.”

Although the proposed memorial has not yet been designed, based on preliminary discussions, the Ukrainian Government has stated that it anticipates that the commemoration of this event will consist of a contemplative space with a memorial element appropriate for a landscaped setting. The proposed

memorial is anticipated to “include typical features such as an abstract or allegorical element in a landscaped setting.”

Initiated under the auspices of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America in cooperation with Rep. Levin’s office, the process has been widely

supported by the Ukrainian American community. The National Committee to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933 has taken upon itself financing of the Environmental Assessment for the project.

Its chairman, Michael Sawkiw, Jr., thanked the community for their continued financial support: “Without the support of Ukrainian Americans, our dream of having a memorial in Washington, DC would not have come to fruition yesterday during the site selection hearing.”

The Ukrainian Government is confident that it can create a successful and functional public space that befits the site’s prominence in the National Capital,

embracing the site’s natural openness, and seamlessly integrating the memorial into the surrounding environment.”

 The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), The National Committee to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933, and the Embassy of Ukraine to the United States, Dr. Oleh Shamshur, Ambassador, have been working together for many months to obtain approval of an appropriate site for the Holodomor Memorial. 

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Yushchenko ready to stress the country

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News / 6 October 2008 | 17:00

Yushchenko ready to stress the country

Yushchenko ready to stress the country

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko emphasizes he will announce a snap parliamentary poll in the Verkhovna Rada if political forces will not create any coalition in parliament of VI convocation.

The President has sent his Address to the Verkhovna Rada.

Yushchenko announced that the parliament will be dissolved if national priorities become minor for several political forces in parliament.

“I give one more chance to form a parliamentary majority. I am ready to approve any coalition meeting demands of constitution. There is a little time. I agree that one more extraordinary election is a stress for the country. But do not forget that though extraordinary elections are radical, it is a constitutional and democratic way out of crisis,” he said.

Yushchenko stressed that though a union was established between BYuT and Party of Regions on September 2, it was impossible to establish coalition, because of personal ambitions of leaders of two political parties.

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National council denies accusations of banning Russian language

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News / 6 October 2008 | 16:20

National council denies accusations of banning Russian language

The ban imposed on foreign TV channels unadapted to the Ukrainian legislation is not connected with either the content or language of TV shows. Press office of Our Ukraine distributed the statement of the chairman of the National council of Ukraine and TV and radio broadcast Shevchenko.

Shevchenko underlined that the council demands the observation of the laws on the authors’ rights, on advertisement, on consumers’ rights, on TV and radio broadcast.

“Many politicians speculate on this question and declare that the actions of the National council concern the violation of the freedom of speech. But the matter concerns economy and interests of consumers,” he said.

As an example Shevchenko cited an episode with “Euorvision” broadcast, which was made by a foreign channel, which does not have any broadcasting rights in Ukraine.

“As for advertisement, the Ukrainian legislation provides for broadcast of the ads paid on the territory of Ukraine only,” Shevchenko added.

As a reminder, the National council of Ukraine and TV and radio broadcast obliged the providers to stop the rebroadcast of foreign TV channels, which are not adapted to the Ukrainian legislation. The decision was made and came into force on October 1, 2008.

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BYuT intends to keep the power – Yushchenko

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News / 6 October 2008 | 15:40

BYuT intends to keep the power – Yushchenko

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko considers that the BYuT actions on renewal of the parliamentary coalition with the OU-PSD are an attempt to keep the power authorities. He said that in his address to the VRU MPs, the press service of the president informs.

“Of course I support those electors who would like the democratic coalition to be renewed,” he said. “But on the other hand it is obvious that the intentions of Yulia Tymoshenko on renewal of the democratic coalition are nothing more than political attempt to keep authorities,” it said in the address.

“Despite all these, I presented one more chance for coalition formation. I repeat once again, I am ready to admit any coalition, formed in accordance with the Constitution demands. Every day of delay costs too much for Ukraine,” the President noted.

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Tymoshenko tops Ukraine’s most influential woman rating

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News / 6 October 2008 | 14:50

Tymoshenko tops Ukraine's most influential woman rating

Tymoshenko tops Ukraine’s most influential woman rating

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko occupied the top position in “100 most influential women of Ukraine” annual rating by Focus magazine, according to the government’s press-office.

Focus editor-in-chief Mykhaylo Gladkyi presented her a respective award. In her turn, Yulia Tymoshenko pointed out it is a great honor for her: “the Focus magazine is one of those we love, read, appraise and trust. I am grateful to all the experts who have made this conclusion”.

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Tymoshenko tops Ukraine’s most influential woman rating

Posted by the Editor on October 6, 2008


News / 6 October 2008 | 14:50

Tymoshenko tops Ukraine's most influential woman rating

Tymoshenko tops Ukraine’s most influential woman rating

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko occupied the top position in “100 most influential women of Ukraine” annual rating by Focus magazine, according to the government’s press-office.

Focus editor-in-chief Mykhaylo Gladkyi presented her a respective award. In her turn, Yulia Tymoshenko pointed out it is a great honor for her: “the Focus magazine is one of those we love, read, appraise and trust. I am grateful to all the experts who have made this conclusion”.

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Russia finds unlikely ally in Ukraine’s Tymoshenko

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News / 6 October 2008 | 14:00

Russia finds unlikely ally in Ukraine’s Tymoshenko

The Kremlin has struck a tactical alliance with its former foe Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko designed to help her become the next president and help Russia rein in Ukraine`s drive to embrace the West, according to an analysis by Reuters.Tymoshenko and the Kremlin have put aside years of mutual suspicion to unite against Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, the driving force behind Kiev`s ambitions to join NATO and Tymoshenko`s rival in a bitter struggle for power.

The new warmth was on show on Thursday when Tymoshenko — who two years ago accused Russia of extorting cash from Ukraine in a row over gas — had a cordial meeting with her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin followed by unscheduled, late-night talks with President Dmitry Medvedev.

“The tactical interests of Moscow and Tymoshenko have coincided. They have the same main opponent and that is Yushchenko,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of the journal Russia in Global Affairs.

The calculations of both sides are focused on the next presidential vote, which must take place no later than January 2010. The field could include Yushchenko, Tymoshenko and Viktor Yanukovich, a former prime minister.

The Kremlin backed Yanukovich`s failed bid to win a 2004 presidential election, but opinion polls suggest he does not have enough support outside the Russian-speaking areas of the country to win the presidency now.

“Moscow cannot find common ground with Yushchenko and is waiting for a new president to appear,” said Oleksander Dergachyov, an independent analyst in Kiev.

“Tymoshenko is, of course, not the sole alternative, but her candidature is a good one against the background of Yushchenko.”

After their talks on a new gas supply deal on Thursday, Putin said reports Tymoshenko could be investigated in Ukraine for treason were comical and joked that Yushchenko was a “trickster” for commandeering the aircraft in which Tymoshenko had been scheduled to fly to Mosocw.

FROSTY

That atmosphere was in marked contrast to the frostiness of the past. Tymoshenko, with then ally Yushchenko, led the 2004 “Orange Revolution,” a wave of street protests that defeated Yanukovich and was lambasted in Moscow as a Western plot.

In a 2007 article in U.S. journal Foreign Affairs, she wrote that the West must contain Russia`s “imperial designs” on its neighbors and accused Putin of suppressing dissent at home.

Russia`s Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling the article an “anti-Russian manifesto, an attempt to draw new dividing lines through Europe and take the world back, at the least, to the atmosphere of the Cold War.”

Charges of forgery and smuggling gas were brought against her in connection with her activities at the head of a private gas trading firm in the mid-1990s and an arrest warrant was issued for her in Russia. But Russian prosecutors dropped charges against her in December 2005.

Russia`s brief war with Georgia in August turned Tymoshenko`s relations with the Kremlin around.

Yushchenko went to Tbilisi to show support for Saakashvili, he reaffirmed his desire to take Ukraine into NATO despite opposition from many voters and told Russia`s navy it must leave the Ukrainian base it leases by 2017.

But Tymoshenko took a more calibrated approach and criticized the president for backing Georgia too stridently.

“Tymoshenko behaved like a real Ukrainian,” said Kirill Frolov of Moscow`s Institute for CIS Countries, a pro-Kremlin think tank which studies ex-Soviet states. “Why should Ukraine take someone`s side?”

Differences between Tymoshenko and Yushchenko over Georgia were an important factor in bringing down their fragile coalition last month. Yushchenko can call an early parliamentary election if efforts to resurrect the coalition fail.

Tymoshenko`s new efforts to distance herself from Yushchenko`s staunchly pro-Western line may have more than a little to do with her ambition to replace him as president, said Moscow-based analyst Lukyanov.

“For Tymoshenko it is very important to win extra votes in those parts of the country where they do not welcome NATO and all of that,” he said.

Reuters

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17 out of 36 Ukraine’s blast furnaces halt work

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News / 6 October 2008 | 13:10

17 out of 36 Ukraine’s blast furnaces halt work

Due to the slump in world prices, Ukrainian metallurgical industrial complexes cannot compete any more with Chinese and Russian producers, Kommersant reported. A month reserve of production has accumulated at storehouses of the companies. As of today, 17 out of 36 Ukraine’s blast furnaces have halted their operation, and metallurgists even consider the opportunity of total halt of the companies. If the government does not undertake urgent steps to support the metallurgical branch, the consequences may become deplorable: from non-fulfillment of the state budget and mass sackings to a global crisis of the Ukrainian economics, experts believe.

At present the production volumes have hit a four-years low.

The crisis in metallurgy will be considered today at a session in Metallurgprom production association. Representatives of the Industrial Policy Ministry and the largest metallurgical industrial complexes will take part.

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