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Tymoshenko reproached metallurgical enterprises

Posted by the Editor on November 24, 2008

News / 24 November 2008 | 17:30

Tymoshenko reproached metallurgical enterprises

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko states metallurgical enterprises do not fulfill the memorandum concerning purchase of coking coal. The PM stated at the Cabinet’s sitting.

The PM noted that today the government fulfills all obligations, while enterprises do not fulfill all conditions of agreements.

“We don’t see that metallurgical enterprises redeemed coking coal, as they promised, as well as at too low price, which was agreed between enterprises,” Tymoshenko said.

She noted that it is necessary to solve the problem and to find out why private owners of enterprises do not fully fulfill agreements.


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Tymoshenko sent Naftohaz delegation to Moscow

Posted by the Editor on November 24, 2008

News / 24 November 2008 | 16:40

Tymoshenko sent Naftohaz delegation to Moscow

On commission of Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko the NJSC “Naftohaz of Ukraine” delegation promptly leaves for the Russian Federation to clear up the situation around gas debt and take further decisions. Such commission Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko gave on Monday during her meeting with head of “Naftohaz” Oleh Dubyna. The meeting was also attended by First Vice Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchynov.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko is confident that all these issues will be regulated by the end of the year.

Yulia Tymoshenko also noted that NJSC “Naftohaz of Ukraine” – is a powerful and stable company, gas mediators are removed from the Ukrainian market and Ukraine is ready for the autumn-winter heating season. We have enough gas in gas-holders – 17,5 billion cubes. According to her, this is an absolute record (the previous government held only 4 billion cubes of gas).


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Another Ukrainian plant stopped

Posted by the Editor on November 24, 2008

News / 24 November 2008 | 15:50

Another Ukrainian plant stopped

“Dneprovsky plant of mineral fertilizers” has stopped working, radio “Svoboda” reported.

The plant’s production is not beings sold, and the storage is full. The plant management informed that the enterprise does not have orders, neither domestic nor foreign ones. In particular, Ukrainian agrarians do not have enough money to buy mineral fertilizers for the next year.

The plant will resume its work only when the government passes the decision on subsidies of the agrarian complex. The plant will not work until the situation is stabilized.


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Euthanasia to be legalized in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on November 24, 2008

News / 24 November 2008 | 15:00

Euthanasia to be legalized in Ukraine

15-47% of residents of Ukraine take idea of euthanasia positively. They are sure that one has to have his right of choice. In a whole range of countries it is legal.

Director of the Odessa State University of Medicine Valeriy Zaporozhan told at a press-conference that Ukraine is now in a difficult situation: partisans of euthanasia are sure that one has to have his right of choice. Their opponents are sure: such a coup de grâce is only an excuse of our unwillingness to help to suffering persons.

According to him, we are the last European country which has not its own opinion about the matter.

“Expressions “to let die” and “to help to die” have different meanings. Euthanasia means to help to die actively, but in a wide sense it means not to hamper a person from death,” he told.

He noted that recently they have carried out equipment which helps to prolong human life for unlimited time, but here a question arises whether a human can be taken as alive one if his brain only does not function but his heart and lungs are working.

Director of the National Ukrainian Association of Palliative Care  Svetlana Martynyuk Gres tells that her organization represents vote of 1.5 million gravely ill persons who hope for dignity and good death after dignity last days of their life.

He added that she took euthanasia as a sin because that one who saved a man from suffering of a serious disease killed him.

She believes that palliative care is a good alternative for euthanasia.

At the same time lawyer Yaroslav Oliynyk believes that euthanasia can lead to abuse of medical duty. Doctors will not cure patients properly.  “It can not be just implemented as it is. We have to carry out a complex of regulations,” he tells.

“I agree with most part of lawyers that permission of euthanasia in one country when it is prohibited in others makes grounds for trade of death.Euthanasia has risk of certain abuse if relatives of an ill person have grounds for enrichment. Ill person dies, there is heritage, so, it concerns economic motives,” Oliynyk is sure.

Euthanasia is accepted as for today in Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, states of Washington and Oregon, Israel and France. In Ukraine it is prohibited according to the article 52 of current Healthcare Legislation.


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Tymoshenko promises financial losses

Posted by the Editor on November 24, 2008

News / 24 November 2008 | 14:10

Tymoshenko promises financial losses

Tymoshenko promises financial losses

The Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko is sure that the very her government will withdraw the country from the crisis.

She said that today at the Cabinet’s session.

“I am convinced that our government should lead the country out of the financial crisis and put it on the reliable way of economic development,” she said.

At the same time the PM expressed opinion that the country will have economic and financial losses. “Unfortunately we should state it,” she added.


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Russia has not informed Ukraine about gas suit

Posted by the Editor on November 24, 2008

News / 24 November 2008 | 13:20

Russia has not informed Ukraine about gas suit

Ukraine has not received any official note concerning the intentions of the Russian side to institute a suit against Ukraine for gas debts, minister for fuel and energy Yuri Prodan said.

“There is information that Russia will appeal to court. But they have not sent any official materials,” he told journalists.

In response to the question about gas debts he said: “There are some questions, but these are current settlings we always have.”


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Tymoshenko: Maydan’s anniversary should not turn into funeral fast

Posted by the Editor on November 24, 2008

News / 24 November 2008 | 12:30

Tymoshenko: Maydan’s anniversary should not turn into funeral fast

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko calls ministers to remember obligations taken in 2004. Tymoshenko congratulated the government’s ministers on the Day of Freedom (November 22 – ed.)

“Despite difficult political situation we must remember that on November 22, 2004 people fought for freedom, trust and better Ukraine. They believed that there would be no corruption and that officials would serve the people,” Tymoshenko said.

She also congratulated and tanked all people who stood for these principles. “I think people are disappointed in politicians and their policy. I’d like our team not to forget those obligations and promises and to keep serving those principles,” Tymoshenko said.


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Ukraine honour for Welsh reporter

Posted by the Editor on November 24, 2008

News / 24 November 2008 | 11:40

Ukraine honour for Welsh reporter

A Welsh journalist who exposed Stalin’s starvation of millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s has been posthumously honoured by the Ukraine government, BBC reported.

Gareth Jones, who was born in Barry, south Wales exposed the 1932-33 Ukrainian famine caused by the Soviet leader’s infamous five-year plans.

Millions of Ukrainians starved to death but news of the tragedy was suppressed.

However Mr Jones wrote about it, and was given the nation’s Order of Merit at Westminster in London on Saturday.

Fellow reporter Malcolm Muggeridge was the other reporter to reveal the truth behind the country’s enforced starvation and both are now revered in Ukraine.

Both are now dead and were posthumously awarded their honoured at a special commemoration ceremony in Westminster Central Hall.

The awards were bestowed upon them by the Ambassador of Ukraine, Dr Ihor Kharchenko, on behalf of the President of Ukraine.

The orders are awarded for exceptional services to Ukraine, which include the promotion and defence of human and individual rights.

During his journalistic career, which was cut short by his murder by bandits in Inner Mongolia in 1935 when he 29 years old, Mr Jones was regarded as one of the most talented newspaper reporters of his generation.

He wrote for The Western Mail, The Times and The Manchester Guardian among others and during the 1930s travelled through Russia and Ukraine.

On his travels through the land where his mother had once lived, he was shocked to discover the famine conditions he encountered.

An estimated 7m people, including a third of Ukraine’s children, died between 1932 and 1933, an event Ukrainians call the Holodomor.

At the time the Soviet authorities – and many western journalists – denied the nation’s enforced starvation was occurring and Ukrainians themselves have only become fully aware of the events since the fall of communism.

However, Mr Jones announced that millions were starving in Ukraine as a result of Stalin’s policies at a press conference in Berlin on 29 March, 1933.

Several foreign correspondents rushed to rubbish the story with 1932 Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Duranty of the New York Times dismissing his eye-witness account as “a big scare story”.

Mr Jones’s niece Dr Siriol Colley has written a book about his life, A Manchukuo Incident, and said: “The Ukrainian people have taken him to their hearts – they call him the unsung hero.”

Fedir Kurlak, chief executive of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, said: “I’m sure Gareth would have known if he had been caught reporting on the famine that he would have faced certain death.

“As far as the Ukrainian community is concerned, anyone who has heard of Gareth’s exploits will quite simply take his hat off to him, and regard him as an exemplary journalist.”

From 1930, Mr Jones acted as a foreign affairs advisor to the then former prime minister David Lloyd George.

This led to a career as a journalist and as well as visiting the Soviet Union, he reported on President Roosevelt in the United States, on Mussolini’s rise in Italy and the troubles in Ireland.

He was also in Leipzig the day Adolf Hitler was made Germany’s Chancellor in 1933, and later flew with the dictator to a rally in Frankfurt and interviewed Hitler’s head of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.


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