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Yushchenko pledges to force Russian navy out of Crimea

Posted by the Editor on November 23, 2009


News / 23 November 2009 | 16:40

Yushchenko pledges to force Russian navy out of Crimea

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko pledged on Monday in an election campaign statement to force Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to leave Ukraine’s Crimea by 2017, according to RIA Novosti.

“The Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation must be pulled out of Ukraine before 2017 in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine and the agreements signed,” Yushchenko said in a statement published on the website of the country’s Central Election Commission.

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet uses a range of naval facilities in Ukraine’s Crimea, including a base in Sevastopol, as part of a 1997 lease agreement valid until 2017.

Yushchenko has led calls for Russia to prepare to withdraw its fleet from Ukraine’s territory when the agreement on the base expires, although Russia hopes to extend the lease.

A total of 18 candidates have been registered to run in the Ukrainian presidential election due on January 17.

West-leaning Yushchenko, who came to power as a result of the 2004 “Orange revolution,” is struggling to reach double figures in opinion polls.

Polls point to Viktor Yanukovych, Yushchenko’s opponent in the controversial 2004 race, as a leading contender, along with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, an ally-turned-rival of the incumbent president.

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Studying resumed in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on November 23, 2009


News / 23 November 2009 | 14:10

Studying resumed in Ukraine

According to the Cabinet’s decision, an academic process at schools, higher education establishments and kindergartens is resumed on Monday, November 23 in a major part of Ukraine’s regions, First Deputy Premier, Chief of the State Antiepidemic Commission Oleksandr Turchynov said. 

However, according to him, the flu and ARI situation fundamentally differs in various regions of the country, hence, in some areas the quarantine will be extended. 

Kindergartens in Kyiv region will start working November 23, while schools and institutes of higher education – November 25.

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Ukrainian President calling on government, central bank, IMF to establish cooperation

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News / 23 November 2009 | 12:34

Ukrainian President calling on government, central bank, IMF to establish cooperation

President Viktor Yushchenko has sent letters of intention to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the government and the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) with proposals for removing obstacles arising from the failure of previous agreements with the Fund and continue the cooperation, Yushchenko said Friday at a meeting with G7 ambassadors and the European Commission representatives, according to UKRINFORM. 

Yushchenko expressed confidence that the plan of reforms provided by the Memorandum is crucial for Ukraine, which can no longer delay deep reforms in fiscal, energy and banking sectors. 

The head of state also explained his motivation in signing the law on a rise in social standards. The President, however, stressed that this signature did not prevent further work with the IMF as social protection of the most vulnerable people in Ukraine had been fixed in the Memorandum.

Media reported earlier that IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn told the Reuters news agency that Fund would continue cooperation with Ukraine only after presidential elections. 

At the same time, the IMF headquarters in Washington told Ukrainian journalists that Strauss-Kahn had expressed the IMF’s readiness to continue cooperation with Ukraine “as soon as the country’s leadership reaches consensus on this issue.” 

For his part, Ukrainian Vice Premier for European and International Integration Hryhoriy Nemyria rejected these reports saying that Strauss-Kahn statements had been wrongly interpreted. 

The IMF approved the Stand-By Arrangement with Ukraine in November 2008 in an amount equivalent to about USD 16.4 billion, and allocated the first disbursement of USD 4.5 billion. 

On May 12, 2009 Ukraine received the second tranche worth USD 2.8 billion. 

Part of that tranche, worth USD 1.5 billion, was sent directly to the national budget of Ukraine to finance the government’s external commitments. 

The third tranche amounted to USD 3.3 billion instead of the USD 3.2 billion planned earlier. 

The IMF initially planned to allocate the fourth tranche, worth 2.5 billion Special Drawing Rights (around USD 3.71 billion), to Ukraine on November 15, 2009. 

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Finance Ministry forecasts the IMF will decide on extending the fourth disbursement for Ukraine by November 30.

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OSCE mission starts to monitor presidential election campaign in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on November 23, 2009


News / 23 November 2009 | 10:33

OSCE mission starts to monitor presidential election campaign in Ukraine

A mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has started to monitor the presidential election campaign in Ukraine. Over 50 observers will represent the OSCE in Ukraine.

Another 600 short-term observers from the OSCE will arrive in the country on the polling day. The election campaign in Ukraine started on October 19.

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