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Yuschenko calls for dispelling the myth of Hetman Mazepa’s treason

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News / 20 March 2009 | 17:30

Yuschenko calls for dispelling the myth of Hetman Mazepa’s treason

Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko said it is time to dispel the myth about the alleged treason of Ukrainian Hetman Ivan Mazepa.

“It’s time to finally dispel the myth [about Mazepa],” the president said on Friday in the village of Mazepyntsi, where events to mark the 370th birthday of Hetman Ivan Mazepa are taking place, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

Yuschenko said that Mazepa was a hetman of Ukraine for more than two decades, united Left-bank and Right-bank Ukraine, and formed the army of the Ukrainian Cossacks. He also noted that architecture was thriving in Ukraine over the years of his rule.

“Ukraine was reviving as the country of European cultural traditions,” the president added. He also stressed that the hetman wanted to create an independent Ukraine.

Yuschenko expressed regret said that the location of the grave of Hetman Mazepa is unknown.

The president later laid flowers at a monument to Mazepa.

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Fight with crisis must unite all political forces, consolidate power – the President of Ukraine

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News / 20 March 2009 | 16:40

Fight with crisis must unite all political forces, consolidate power – the President of Ukraine

The question of unity of political forces in Ukraine is this country’s homework, President Viktor Yushchenko told the press in Brussels Thursday, commenting to the press on his meeting with Benita Ferrero Waldner, EU commissioner for external relations and European neighborhood policy. 

In the President’s conviction, joint work to overcome the financial and economic crisis may unite all political forces and consolidate authority in Ukraine. 

Viktor Yushchenko emphasized that Ukraine can solve the crisis, with its peak in 2009. But the country needs assistance of international finance organizations to back the domestic effort. In this connection, the President reminded of the importance of further cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, which would prove that influential international institutions believe in success of Ukraine’s anti-crisis program. 

In the meantime, the President says, the Ukrainian government is dragging feet on restoration of dialogue with the IMF during the past two months. 

Asked by an UKRINFORM correspondent in Brussels about the national anti-crisis program, Yushchenko noted that its implementation takes revision of the national budget. 

Particularly, he says, about UAH 50 billion of the 2009 budget’s outlay side is unrealistic (UAH 7.70 / USD 1). 

“We reached agreement with the IMF that 30 billion of the sum will be covered at the cost of the budget deficit, but the rest of UAH 20 billion is the government’s responsibility. Ways must be found either to optimize budget spending, or to specify its revenue side for the compensation of that money,” the head of state said.

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Tymoshenko to buy airplanes for government needs

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News / 20 March 2009 | 15:50

Tymoshenko to buy airplanes for government needs

Tymoshenko to buy airplanes for government needs

Ukraine must make a state order for the construction of airplanes for government needs, Premier Yulia Tymosehnko declared.

“We are obliged to form a state order to show that the state buys high-quality modern airplanes,” she said on Friday opening a meeting dedicated to the aviation industry.

“We must make orders for the Defense Ministry and Emergency Ministry, for Interior Ministry if necessary and may be for some others departments. We must order and use them,” Tymoshenko underlined.

She also pointed out a necessity to cooperate with other countries regarding the construction of airplanes.

In particular, the Premier informed that China and Japan are interested in “the develpment and construction of Ukrainian airplanes, as well as in the capturing of foreign markets for aiprlanes, produced by Ukraine.”

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Tymoshenko to start recapitalization of banking system

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News / 20 March 2009 | 15:00

Tymoshenko to start recapitalization of banking system

Yulia Tymoshenko informs the next week already Ukraine will trigger recapitalization of the banking system. She announced in her interview to journalists in Brussels, Government portal reported.

The Prime Minister added during the Summit of the European People’s Party among the issues raised was stabilization of the global banking system, in particular strengthening of its transparency. According to the Head of Government, the EPP’s Summit participants admitted the world financial-economic crunch proved the banking system has appeared the most vulnerable, so in this view special measures have to be taken. “Ukraine has a special program and from the following week will commence recapitalization of the banking system,” Yulia Tymoshenko emphasized.  

Moreover, the PM told the EPP’s Summit, attended by presidents, prime ministers and leaders of parties of the countries of Europe, also concerned other issues joined to overcoming the crisis phenomena in the world. As Yulia Tymoshenko put it, the Summit’s participants agreed all the market mechanisms have to take into consideration a social component – “it is one of the crucial positions aired during the Summit of the European People’s Party today”.

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The Ukrainian President expects new FM to continue course for European, Euro-Atlantic integration

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News / 20 March 2009 | 14:10

The Ukrainian President expects new FM to continue course for European, Euro-Atlantic integration

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, a candidate for the post of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Oleh Shamshur, has said President Viktor Yushchenko expects the new MFA chief to continue the course towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Shamshur told the press after his meeting with the BYuT faction, UKRINFORM reported. 

“I talked to the President before putting forward my candidature in the Verkhovna Rada. The President told me that he intended to set forth my candidature. He expects me to continue the course towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration, that is, our strategic course,” Shamshur said.

The diplomat also noted that he realistically assesses his chances to become a minister.

Apart from this, Oleh Shamshur underlined that he was ready to meet the opposition Party of Regions any time.

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Tymoshenko: The European Union is keen on Ukrainian GTS to be modernized

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News / 20 March 2009 | 13:20

Tymoshenko: The European Union is keen on Ukrainian GTS to be modernized

Tymoshenko: The European Union is keen on Ukrainian GTS to be modernized

Yulia Tymoshenko, the Prime Minister of Ukraine declares the European Union takes a great interest in gas transport system of Ukraine which has to be modernized, possess proper technical maintenance and function properly to transport Russian gas to Europe. She told the press in Brussels, Government portal reported.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko, her meetings with President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and German Chancellor Angela Merkel concerned a conference slated for March 23 in Brussels with participation of Eurocommission’s and Ukrainian envoys and meant to elaborate joint actions in modernization and reconstruction of Ukrainian GTS: “All of us believe in this conference to be successful”.

Besides, the Head of Government informed today, during the Summit of the European People’s Party, Ukraine and its Government had received a high mark in the issues of overcoming and settlement of gas crisis. As Yulia Tymoshenko explained, the Summit’s attendants admitted owing to the timely and effective actions of the Government “nowadays both Ukraine and the European Union are enjoying tranquility in gas area”.

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Economic crisis will end in 2012-2013 and turn into economic boost, Tymoshenko says

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News / 20 March 2009 | 12:30

Economic crisis will end in 2012-2013 and turn into economic boost, Tymoshenko says

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko is convinced bail-out measures being taken by the countries all around the world will yield results by the end of 2009 already. The Head of Government told journalist in Brussels in the aftermath of the European People’s Party Summit, Government portal reported.

On giving comments concerning financial-economic situation in Ukraine, the Premier stressed it resembles such in the majority of the world countries and Ukraine is trying to apply anti-crisis measures, similar to those taken by the world states. At this, Yulia Tymoshenko expressed hopes within nearest time we would be able to see such bail-out measures gave the results.

The Prime Minister informed during today’s Summit of the European People’s Party its participants stated their forecasts that the crisis will end in 2012-2013 and be transferred into economic boost. At the same time, Yulia Tymoshenko added bail-out measures taken by the countries all around the world would give the result by the end of current year, which in its turn led to sustainability in the economic-financial sector.

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EU to help Ukraine enhance finance service sector

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News / 20 March 2009 | 11:38

EU to help Ukraine enhance finance service sector

The European Union and the Ukrainian Finance Ministry launched the EU-funded Project “Strengthening of Ukrainian Financial Services Sector”, Ukrainian radio reported. 

According to the European Commission’s Delegation to Ukraine, the total value of the project is EUR 2.7 million. The Project will be implemented by the Consortium comprising: Planet S.A. (Greece), Emerging Markets Group (Belgium), BME Bolsas y Mercados Espanoles SA (Spain) and ATC Consultants Gmb (Austria). The overall objective of the project is to assist the emergence of a reliable, transparent and stable financial sector, fit to finance Ukraine’s economic and social development.

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