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Yanukovych: Visit of Patriarch Kirill will unite Ukrainian people, will unite orthodoxy

Posted by the Editor on July 31, 2009


News / 31 July 2009 | 10:33

Yanukovych: Visit of Patriarch Kirill will unite Ukrainian people, will unite orthodoxy

«I consider that this very significant visit will unite Ukrainian people, will unite orthodoxy. It signifies that new, good times are coming», – Viktor Yanukovych told journalists on July, 28 at Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in the capital of Ukraine, where Patriarch Kirill conducted a Divine Liturgy.

«Patriarch Kirill is a prominent figure of the Church, who is known far outside traditional territories of the Orthodox Church in the whole world. His visit is invaluable for the unification of Ukraine, which is what we all have long dreamt about».

«It is impossible to build a strong state without faith,» – the Party of Regions Leader underlined.

On July, 29 the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church visited Svyato-Uspensk Svyatogorsk Lavra in Donetsk (Eastern Ukraine).

About 20 thousand pilgrims arrived at Lavra to be present at festive Divine Liturgy (the Saint Church marks the holiday of the Svyatogorsk Divine God Mother icon) which Patriarch Kirill will conduct.

It was the Party of Regions Leader Viktor Yanukovych who helped in the renewal of Svyato-Uspensk Svyatogorsk monastery which in 2004 received a status of Lavra.

The arrival of Viktor Yanukovych at Lavra was greeted with applause. People welcomed Viktor Yanukovych warmly. Many of them know well what an enormous endowment he has made in the renewal of this sacred Orthodox Church, and how much he has done for the revival of churches and monasteries in Donetsk region and around Ukraine.

Talking with the Party of Regions Leader, people said that only he can rescue Ukraine. «We trust you only,” – the people at the monastery told him.

At the request of journalists, the Party of Regions Leader, who is accompanying His Holiness the Patriarch, told about the history of renewal of this sacred monastery.

In particular, he marked that the renewal of Svyatogorsk monastery started from benediction of Father Zosima. According to Viktor Yanukovych, Father Zosima blessed Slavyanogorsk city to be renamed Svyatogorsk, and that in the place of former Artem sanatorium Svyatogorsk monastery should be restored. A great number of people united around this benediction and collected funds for restoring Svyatogorsk monastery.

«I fully agree with the words of Patriarch Kirill who declared that if this monastery was not needed by people, and not only by believers, it would never have been recovered. Those who took part in the monastery renewal, did it with love», – Viktor Yanukovych underlined.

The Party of Regions Leader also stated that Svyato-Uspensk Svyatogorsk Lavra will serve for the unity of Ukrainian people, and said that being here at Lavra, he met many pilgrims from Western and Central areas of Ukraine. In addition, according to him, a lot of pilgrims arrived at Lavra from Russia, in particular, from the Belgorod, Voronezh and Kursk areas.

«It shows the unity of Orthodox church and unity of Slavic people», – Viktor Yanukovych said.
 
Source: Party of Regions press service

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Secret marriage of Yushchenko’s son (photo)

Posted by the Editor on July 31, 2009


News / 31 July 2009 | 10:17

Secret marriage of Yushchenko's son (photo)

Secret marriage of Yushchenko’s son (photo)

On Thursday at 6 p.m. 22-year-old Andriy Yushchenko got married with 22-year-old Lisa Yefrosinina. The ceremony took place in Kyiv in Pechersk civilian registry office. Close relatives of the married couple were present at the ceremony.
 
 
 
 

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NBU: There are objective reasons for hryvnia devaluation

Posted by the Editor on July 30, 2009


News / 30 July 2009 | 17:51

NBU: There are objective reasons for hryvnia devaluation

The reason for the hryvnia devaluation is the social, monetary and fiscal policy of Ukraine’s authorities, National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Deputy Head Oleksandr Savchenko has said, Kyiv Post reported.

“There are objective reasons for the hryvnia devaluation. First of all, it is social, monetary and fiscal policy,” he said on Ukrainian television’s Channel 5 on Wednesday evening.

In addition, according to Savchenko, the political elite of Ukraine lack a political culture: they should stop intimidating society.

Savchenko did not give a definite exchange rate forecast saying only that the hryvnia has a significant potential for revaluation.

The banker said the current hryvnia rate reflects the current economic situation in the country.

“The rate we are observing today reflects the political and economic situation, social tension, the people’s uncertainty about the future. Therefore this is a realistic rate,” he said.

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Patriarch Kirill thanks all Ukrainians who remain loyal to Russian Church

Posted by the Editor on July 30, 2009


News / 30 July 2009 | 16:49

Patriarch Kirill thanks all Ukrainians who remain loyal to Russian Church

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has thanked all residents of Ukraine who preserved their belief in the Moscow Patriarchate during the years of a religious split, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

“I’m addressing you and those who, through the strength of their belief, preserved the unity of the church here, on Ukrainian land. The whole Russian Orthodox Church bows to you and expresses the patriarch’s gratitude to you for your brave stand for your beliefs, and for your loyalty to God and the Savior!” he said on Thursday after conducting a divine liturgy in Sviatohirsk Monastery in Donetsk region.

The sermon by the patriarch was interrupted for several minutes by thousands of people who gathered near the monastery shouting “Our Patriarch is Kirill.”

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Gov’t will allocate UAH 400 million to purchase in lease agricultural equipment for agrarians

Posted by the Editor on July 30, 2009


News / 30 July 2009 | 15:32

Gov’t will allocate UAH 400 million to purchase in lease agricultural equipment for agrarians

The Gov’t will allocate UAH 390 million from Stabilization Fund for purchase of agricultural equipment through the state-owned enterprise Ukragroleasing which will be given to agrarians on privileged conditions. The Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko announced at a meeting dedicated to agricultural machine-building, government portal reported.

“Equipment will be given, in fact, almost without percents for a long term so that agrarians had an opportunity to re-equip their production facilities,” the Premier underlined and added such measures were taken within the frames of realization of the anti-crisis program of the Government.

Yulia Tymoshenko proposed to participants of the meeting to elaborate a concept of forming of modern park of agricultural equipment. She informed the Gov’t would direct budget funds only for support of enterprises that deal with production of advanced equipment.

Besides, Yulia Tymoshenko emphasized the Government would develop a strategy of transition to new advanced systems of working the land during the following 3-5 years. According to her, one of such technologies is “noutil” – “such technology gives an opportunity to decrease use of oil-lubricating materials 3-4fold, reach bigger yield and improve quality of agricultural land”.

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MFA studying documents from Russia’s MFA to expel two Ukrainian diplomats from Russia

Posted by the Editor on July 30, 2009


News / 30 July 2009 | 14:20

MFA studying documents from Russia’s MFA to expel two Ukrainian diplomats from Russia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has received from the Russian party an official document containing a decision to expel two Ukrainian diplomats from Russia, acting Foreign Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Kostenko reported.

“We have already received official information that Russia’s MFA State Secretary Grigoriy Karasin said yesterday evening during a meeting with Ukrainian Ambassador to Russia Kostiantyn Hryshchenko that in view of this situation [Ukraine’s decision to expel two Russian diplomats – ed.] they will do the same,” he said adding that this information is being now analyzed by Ukrainian diplomats.

According to Kostenko, the Ukrainian party, when making the decision to expel Russian diplomats, was acting solely in frames of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.

“This is a major thing for us. The most important for us is that our relations be transparent, understandable and mutually beneficial,” the Ukrainian diplomat stressed.

“It is impossible to combine the activity of a professional diplomat with other, for example, trespassing on domestic affairs,” Kostenko noted.

At the same time, he said that the Ukrainian ministry had not received from the Russian party any information about particular accusations against Ukrainian diplomats who are being expelled from Russia.

On July 29, the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that in view of the acts of the Ukrainian party regarding Russian diplomats, a decision was taken to early wrap up the mission of the Consular General of Ukraine to Saint Petersburg and one of the advisers of the Ukrainian Embassy in Russia.

As far as the Ukrainian party ‘suspended’ the decision regarding the Russian Consular, a move of the Russian party regarding the Ukrainian Consular to Saint Petersburg will be suspended as well taking the principle of mutuality into account.

The Ukrainian media earlier reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine had recalled accreditation of a Russian diplomat working at the Russian Embassy in Ukraine, who was in charge of the activity of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Counselor of the Embassy Vladimir Lysenko had confirmed that he leaves Kyiv but failed to specify the reasons for his departure.

Another report had appeared later that Kyiv expels one more Russian diplomat, Russian Consular General to Odesa Aleksandr Grachev.
 
Source: UkrInform

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Myroslava Gongadze insists on foreign DNA study of skull fragments found in Kyiv region

Posted by the Editor on July 30, 2009


News / 30 July 2009 | 13:29

Myroslava Gongadze insists on foreign DNA study of skull fragments found in Kyiv region

Myroslava Gongadze, the widow of journalist Georgy Gongadze, insists on holding abroad of a DNA study of the fragments of the skull recently found in Kyiv region, which is believed to belong to Georgy, as she does not trust the forensic medicine establishments of Ukraine in the view of the case gaining political value after the arrest of the former police general accused of involvement in the murder, according to Valentyna Telychenko, the representative of Myroslava Gongadze at court, Ukrainian News reported.

Valentyna Telychenko told Ukrainian News Myroslava Gongadze has no faith in the forensic medicine establishments of Ukraine. The widow has decided to insist on holding of the expertise examination of the fragments of the skull abroad with the participation of Ukrainian experts.

According to Valentyna Telychenko, the widow of the journalists gives the following reason for her decision: the Gongadze murder case has gained political value with the arrest of Oleksii Pukach, the former head of the Interior Affairs Ministry’s department of criminal intelligence who is accused of involvement in the murder of Georgy, and the political pressure on the investigation has grown to the level of the times when Leonid Kuchma was the president of Ukraine.

Speaking on the Fifth TV channel on July 29, Telychenko voiced hope the fragments of the skull found in Kyiv region really belong to Georgy.

“I think there is extremely big probability that the skull fragments found [on July 28] really belong to the body of Georgy Gongadze,” Telychenko said.

It is necessary to confirm this through an expert examination abroad, Telychenko said.

Telychenko believes investigators of the Prosecutor General’s Office should meet with Myroslava Gongadze and discuss the holding of the identification genotoxic expertise.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, on July 28, the investigative group of the Prosecutor’s General Office found fragments of a skull which may belong to murdered journalist Georgy Gongadze in Bila Tserkva district of Kyiv region

Gongadze disappeared on September 16, 2000. His headless body was later found in the woods near Kyiv.

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Patriarch Kirill concerned over pressure placed on Orthodox believers in Ukraine’s western regions

Posted by the Editor on July 30, 2009


News / 30 July 2009 | 13:00

Patriarch Kirill concerned over pressure placed on Orthodox believers in Ukraine’s western regions

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill has said that the authorities in Ukraine’s western regions are preventing Orthodox believers from building churches, Kyiv Post reported.

“How can it be that the Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate has no cathedral in Lviv? How can it be that it’s impossible to build any church [in the west of Ukraine] and that land isn’t allocated?” he said in an interview with the Vesti television channel.

He said that “this only develops a sense of hostility.”

“So I think that all of these issues should be resolved. Local authorities bear a huge responsibility here for accomodating all of the communities living in these areas,” Patriarch Kirill said.

Commenting on the issue of mutual relations between Orthodox and Greek-Catholic believers in Ukraine, he said that this issue should be viewed in the context of mutual relations between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches.

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