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Official logo for UEFA EURO 2012 presented in Kyiv

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News / 14 December 2009 | 16:29

Official logo for UEFA EURO 2012 presented in Kyiv

Official logo for UEFA EURO 2012 presented in Kyiv

Today Kyiv has held the presentation of the official logo for UEFA EURO 2012. The event took place in Mykhailivska square in the center of the capital.

The logo has a flower with three petals: one in the form of a ball, the second is made of yellow-blue colors symbolizing Ukraine and the third one is white-red symbolizing Poland. The event slogan ‘Creating History Together’ has been also unveiled.

The opening ceremony for the UEFA EURO 2012 symbol has seen red, white, yellow and blue air balloons launched into the sky that symbolize the Polish and Ukrainian flags.

High rank officials, including president Yushchenko, prime minister Tymoshenko and UEFA head Platini, took part in the ceremony.

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Ukrainian government continues negotiations with IMF on fourth tranche

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News / 14 December 2009 | 14:44

Ukrainian government continues negotiations with IMF on fourth tranche

As was disclosed by Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, the governmennt continues cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, hoping to get the fourth tranche before the end of the year.

The head of government says the IMF did not stop cooperation with Ukraine until completion of the presidential election campaign.

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Plane with arms bound for Ukraine was detained in Thailand

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News / 14 December 2009 | 12:51

Plane with arms bound for Ukraine was detained in Thailand

A cargo plane full of North Korean weapons, detained in Thailand after an emergency landing at Bangkok airport, was bound for Ukraine, the Thai news agency TNA reported on Sunday.

Thai authorities on Saturday seized about 40 tons of weapons from an Il-76 cargo plane which they said had come from North Korea after it landed for refueling at Bangkok’s Don Muang airport, and arrested its five crew members.

Ukraine said later on Sunday that it is checking the reports on the plane. “The information on this score is being verified,” a Foreign Ministry official said.

The aircraft’s weapons arsenal included missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.

According to TNA, the plane’s crew commander, a Belarusian national, said during a six-hour interrogation that the plane had flown from Ukraine and loaded weapons in North Korea.

The plane’s commander said the aircraft refueled in Azerbaijan, then in the United Arab Emirates and after that in Thailand while en route to Pyongyang. On its way back, the plane was intended to refuel in Thailand and Sri Lanka, following which the cargo was expected to be delivered to Ukraine, TNA reported.

The plane’s commander claimed that neither he, nor the other crewmembers who are Kazakh nationals knew about the military nature of the cargo.

Thai authorities accuse the crew of the plane, which is registered in Georgia, of illegal storage and transportation of weapons and misinformation, TNA reported. A United Nations resolution bans the transportation of certain weapons, including conventional arms, from or to North Korea.

The communist state is in the center of a long-running international dispute on its nuclear program.

The seizure came days after the U.S. presidential envoy’s rare visit to North Korea designed to persuade Pyongyang to return to six-nation nuclear disarmament talks. Both parties said after the trip they understood the need to resume the talks.

TNA said Thai authorities were preparing a report for the UN on the arrest of the plane with.

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Klitschko retains WBC title

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News / 14 December 2009 | 10:49

Klitschko retains WBC title

Ukraine’s Vitali Klitschko retained his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night after beating previously undefeated challenger Kevin Johnson of the United States (22-1-1, 9 KOs).

The bout at the PostFinance Arena in Switzerland’s Bern lasted all 12 rounds with the judges unanimously scoring in favor of the 38-year-old Ukrainian 120-108, 120-108, 119-109.

“Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) retired in November 2005 with a knee injury, but announced his comeback last year. He regained his WBC belt in October last year in Germany, defeating Samuel Peter, dubbed the Nigerian Nightmare.

Earlier in the year Vitali said he wanted the Klitschko brothers to have all four of the heavyweight titles.

Vitaly’s brother Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs) is currently the WBO and IBF heavyweight world champion, while David Haye of Britain holds the WBA title.

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