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Yushchenko suggests reducing social payments

Posted by the Editor on October 20, 2008


News / 20 October 2008 | 18:00

Yushchenko suggests reducing social payments

Ukraine needs deficit-free budgets for 2008 and 2009. That’s why it is necessary to pass to the policy of reduction of social transfers and one-time payments.

President Viktor Yushchenko told the session of the National Security and Defense Council.

“We must declare that we pass to the deliberate policy of reduction of certain social transfers and one-time payments, which have destroyed to a considerable extent our stability for the last 8 months,” Yushchenko said.

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Ukraine to suffer the biggest blow in 2009 – Tymoshenko

Posted by the Editor on October 20, 2008


News / 20 October 2008 | 17:20

Ukraine to suffer the biggest blow in 2009 – Tymoshenko

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko claims that Ukraine will suffer the biggest blow from the world financial crisis in 2009, and calls on politicians to refuse political ambitions and undertake all steps to minimize the blow.

According to UNIAN, she said this at a meeting with Verkhovna Rada factions on Monday.

“We have to revise the state budget for the year 2008, and completely alter the draft state budget-2009, because the whole world, and Ukraine as well, will see a certain stagnation of the production, a certain fall of GDP growth, and, I think, the country will suffer the biggest blow in 2009. It means we have to transfer to a saving budget policy”, Yulia Tymoshenko claimed.

She stressed it’s necessary to curtail all unproductive expenses of the budget “for the country to firmly stand upon a deficit-free budget in 2008 and 2009”.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko, the world crisis will influence import volumes as well as the crediting system.

She emphasized once again her proposal to form a broad coalition and a new government.

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Yushchenko says Tymoshenko’s proposal to form new coalition untimely

Posted by the Editor on October 20, 2008


News / 20 October 2008 | 16:30
Yushchenko says Tymoshenko’s proposal to form new coalition untimely

Yushchenko says Tymoshenko’s proposal to form new coalition untimely

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko claims that the proposal of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to form a broad coalition in the face of the global financial crisis is untimely.According to UNIAN, President’s Press Secretary Iryna Vannikova claimed this to a press conference on Monday.
According to her, considering the global economic instability, the President believes that the Council for National Security and Defense is the key coordinating body, which must form prompt and high-quality answers to challenges of the crisis.
“In his opinion, the Prime Minister’s initiative on creating the so-called broad coalition is untimely considering the current conditions. The President believes that such artificial formations would yield to the National Security and Defense Council in the sphere of legitimacy, mobility, and professional level”, I.Vannikova said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko urged rival political forces Sunday to unite in the face of the global financial crisis and abandon plans for early parliamentary elections, AP reported.

Tymoshenko, who is battling to keep her job and torpedo President Viktor Yushchenko`s plan for new elections in early December, called on parliamentary factions to create a broad governing coalition and a new Cabinet.

In a televised appeal, Tymoshenko warned that the third parliamentary election in as many years would “destroy the country” and said its leaders must cast their differences aside and rescue the economy.

The global financial crisis “is already knocking on our doors, but we can refuse to open the door,” Tymoshenko said.

She said a new government based on a broad parliamentary coalition should work to keep the country from economic disaster until the threat has passed. “And after that you can have any elections you like,” she said.

 

 

 

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Sevastopol mayor calls not to touch the status of the city

Posted by the Editor on October 20, 2008


News / 20 October 2008 | 15:40

Sevastopol mayor calls not to touch the status of the city

The question about Sevastopol belonging will become the critical point in the relations between Kyiv and Moscow and will speed up Ukraine‘s membership in NAYO, the mayor of Sevastopol Valery Saratov declared.

“We must do everything possible to prevent the breakup of the relations between Ukraine and Russia. Both our futures depend on these relations,” Saratov said.

According to him, “to make Ukraine and Russia be friendly counties and not conflict on the status of the city, Sevastopol should take the front line in this question.”

He considers that any attempts to aggravate artificially the problem on Sevastopol‘s belonging “will destroy the relations between Ukraine and Russia, and it cannot be allowed.”

The statement of Saratov has been criticized by the organization “Russian community of Sevastopol,” which has brought an action to a court trying to dispute the status of the city.

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Headhunters forecast a wave of layoffs in Ukrainian companies

Posted by the Editor on October 20, 2008


News / 20 October 2008 | 15:00

Headhunters forecast a wave of layoffs in Ukrainian companies

Layoffs in Ukraine may start in two-three months if the financial crisis and panic in the society get worse. As a result, many companies will fight for survival and can conduct serious reductions of their staff.

Experts of the web portal rabota.ua say.

According to the portal data, the stable situation remains for IT specialists, programmers and system administrators, which are always in high demand. The companies will also stake on people, who bring “live money” – sales managers. At the same time, employers are less interested in PR managers and marketing analysts.

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Traffic police introduces new fines since Nov 18

Posted by the Editor on October 20, 2008


News / 20 October 2008 | 14:10

Traffic police introduces new fines since Nov 18

From November 18, drivers in Ukraine will have to pay new fines increased by more than ten times. According to Segodnya daily [dated Oct 20, 2008], referring to the State Motor Licensing and Inspecting Department, the new rules join into force in 30 days after their official publication.

According to the newspaper, to put the law into force, the Cabinet of Ministers has yet to adopt more than ten resolutions, and the Interior Ministry has to issue a same number of orders.

In line with the new regulations, an average fine will make 85-100 hryvnias [~$ 20], compared to 17 hryvnias at present. If one does not obey a traffic lights signal, he/she will have to pay 170-204 hryvnias [~$40]. The fine for drunk driving will make 1360 – 2550 hryvnias [~$500].

Traffic policemen believe that the law will be of benefit. In their opinion, many drivers will be frightened off with high fines.

UNIAN

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Relatives raise money for seized Ukrainian ship

Posted by the Editor on October 20, 2008


News / 20 October 2008 | 13:20

Relatives raise money for seized Ukrainian ship

Relatives and families of the hijacked Ukrainian ship have raised money to pay Somali pirates who are demanding eight million U.S. dollars to release the crew who were seized last month, a regional maritime official said on Sunday, Xinhua reported.Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers` Assistance Program said the relatives and friends in Russian and Ukraine have raised eight million dollar ransom which is expected to be handed over to the pirates sometimes this week.

“Friends and relatives of the 17 Ukrainian crew members of the ill-fated MV Faina have collected money for ransom,” Mwangura told Xinhua by telephone on Sunday.

“Most of the money had come from leading politicians including the former Ukraine Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych,” he said.

The development, however, contradicts the position taken by the Kenyan government which has maintained that it will not pay ransom, arguing that such move would encourage the continuation of such acts.

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Russian deputy PM says fleet could leave base in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on October 20, 2008


News / 20 October 2008 | 12:30

Russian deputy PM says fleet could leave base in Ukraine

Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov has been quoted as saying Russia is prepared to have the Black Sea Fleet to leave its naval base in Sevastopol in 2017 if the Ukrainian government demands it.Speaking to the BBC television program “Panorama,” Ivanov said Russia will seek to renew its lease on the Crimean port, but will move the fleet if Ukraine`s government decides not to extend the lease, which runs out in 2017.

Ivanov, a former defense minister, said Russia has no territorial ambitions in neighboring states, and Moscow has recognized the territorial integrity of all former countries of the Soviet Union.

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