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Turchynov: Explosion causes of the dwelling house in the town of Yevpatoria will be ascertained in a short time

Posted by the Editor on December 26, 2008


News / 26 December 2008 | 17:00

Turchynov: Explosion causes of the dwelling house in the town of Yevpatoria will be ascertained in a short time

Clearing away debris of the destroyed dwelling house in the town of Yevpatoria where on December 24 an explosion occurred, was practically completed for the day. This was disclosed by head of the Governmental commission for investigating the reasons of this extraordinary event First Vice Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchynov.

He stated that “explosion causes of the tenement house in 67 Nekrasova street will be finally ascertained in a short time – debris are cleared away in the basement level already”.

The First Vice Prime Minister expressed regret that 27 people who died from the explosion failed to be rescued. According to him, the Government has very efficiently responded and will spare no effort to support the families of died and suffered, not to leave them alone with trouble. “Regardless of the fact that this tragedy is not the state’s fault (explosion occurred in a workshop), the Government has efficiently, at its special sitting, allocated UAH 70mnl to overcome the consequences of the dwelling house explosion in the town of Yevpatoria,” Oleksandr Turchynov said.

The First Vice Prime Minister stated that “not a person suffered from this catastrophe, remains without a roof”. He reminded that this issue is under personal control of Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Rada discharged Semenyuk

Posted by the Editor on December 26, 2008


News / 26 December 2008 | 16:20

Rada discharged Semenyuk

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine at its sitting has passed a resolution to discharge head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine Valentyna Semenyuk-Samsosenko.

The decision was supported by 259 MPs, including BYuT and the OU-PSD factions, the Bloc of Lytvyn and the CPU.

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Ukrainian apartment blast death roll reaches 27

Posted by the Editor on December 26, 2008


News / 26 December 2008 | 15:30

Ukrainian apartment blast death roll reaches 27

The number of dead from a gas explosion in an apartment building in southern Ukraine has risen to 27, including three children, local media said on Friday.

The powerful blast ripped through the five-story apartment block in a quiet suburb of the resort town of Yevpatoriya late Wednesday. According to preliminary information, oxygen containers kept in the basement may have exploded.

Ukraine’s Channel 5 TV station reported on Friday that 27 people had been confirmed killed in the blast, although the emergencies ministry said the bodies of 26 people had been pulled from the debris.

A total of 21 people have been rescued from the rubble, and five of them have been hospitalized.

The rescue operation, involving 565 people, is continuing. The number of people missing is unknown, but authorities said fatalities could rise further as it is feared more victims are trapped under the remains of their building.

Friday has been declared a day of mourning for those killed in the incident.

The explosion destroyed 33 flats in the central section of the house where a total of 58 people were registered inhabitants, and also damaged a number of other flats. Some 1,600 metric tons of debris has been removed from the scene.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who made a personal visit to Yevpatoriya on Thursday, promised compensation to those injured and the families of the killed. She said $12,800 would be paid for every victim, while those left homeless would be given new housing later this year.

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko also visited the scene. The government has already allocated $9 million to help those affected by the deadly blast.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev offered Kiev on Thursday the services of the Black Sea Fleet to help deal with the explosion.

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Rada considering dismissal of Semenyuk

Posted by the Editor on December 26, 2008


News / 26 December 2008 | 14:45

Rada considering dismissal of Semenyuk

MPs of Ukraine have started consideration of the question on replacement of the head of the State Property Fund.

Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn informed the deputies that Valentyna Semenyuk had beebn sent an official invitation for the consideration of the case.

Semenyuk herself is not present in the session hall.

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Kiev mayor seeks luxury tax, dreams initiative has PM’s support

Posted by the Editor on December 26, 2008


News / 26 December 2008 | 14:09

Kiev mayor seeks luxury tax, dreams initiative has PM's support

Kiev mayor seeks luxury tax, dreams initiative has PM’s support

The mayor of Ukraine’s capital proposed on Friday introducing a new tax on all luxury items, including designer shoelaces, RIA Novosti reported.

Speaking to the city council, Kiev Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky announced his goals to pass a new luxury tax to include all frivolous items, including Italian Brioni designer shoelaces.

“Starting tomorrow, we could put a tax on everything: cars, planes… the list just goes on,” he was quoted as saying by the Ukrainian agency.

“Even shoelaces from Brioni,” he added.

The mayor suggested holding a municipal referendum on the new luxury tax and added that the wealthy people who would have to pay the tax would even be happy about it.

Chernovetsky also believes his initiative would get support from Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, because she told him in a dream.

“I had a great dream about her last night,” he was reported as saying. “It wasn’t an erotic dream. That didn’t happen because I love my wife and sometimes she [Tymoshenko] doesn’t love me, but since she’s a very serious woman and doesn’t allow…”

The mayor broke off without finishing the thought, and continued by saying he knew similar luxury taxes were on the table for Ukraine’s budget.

“We think alike, especially at night when dreaming. I got her full support,” the mayor said, laughing. “Though she’s invisible, she’s here and wants us to vote for it.”

Tymoshenko and Chernovetsky are constantly bickering. The prime minister has attempted to have the mayor removed from office on several occasions.

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Azarov proposes to consider state budget on January 14

Posted by the Editor on December 26, 2008


News / 26 December 2008 | 13:10

Azarov proposes to consider state budget on January 14

The Party of Regions proposes the government to prepare a new draft state budget for 2009 and submit it in the parliament on January 14. MP from the Party of Regions Mykola Azarov informed.

“And we should take obligations to consider it and adopt within a week,” he said.

As a reminder, the parliament did not manage to adopt draft state budget yesterday and today.

219 MPs out of 425 voted for this law (PR – 0, BYuT – 155, OU-PSD – 44, CPU – 0, Lytvyn bloc – 20.)

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President signes Decree on dealing with Yevpatoriya explosion consequences

Posted by the Editor on December 26, 2008


News / 26 December 2008 | 12:20

President signes Decree on dealing with Yevpatoriya explosion consequences

President Victor Yushchenko signed a Decree “On urgent measures aimed at dealing with consequences of the emergency in Yevpatoriya”, president’s press office reported.

Among urgent measures the decree foresees support to victims of the disaster in their moving from their damaged and destroyed apartments to places of temporary residence, protection of civil order at the site of the explosion, etc.

The Cabinet is to elaborate today a complex plan of measures aimed at dealing with consequences of the emergency, analyze the causes of the explosion and initiate criminal proceedings against those guilty on the conclusions of relevant state commission.

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PR intends to block VR work

Posted by the Editor on December 26, 2008


News / 26 December 2008 | 11:34

PR intends to block VR work

The Party of Regions faction intends to block the work of the parliament with demand to hold investigation on falsification of voting on Thursday for the state budget 2009.

“Yesterday unprecedented case happened when voting cards of Vasyl Horbal and Serhiy Holovatyi, who were absent in the VRU hall, were used for voting,” MP from the PR Vasyl Kyselyov said.

According to him, until this incident is not clear the PR faction will block the work of the parliament.

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