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Mission accomplished

Posted by the Editor on February 26, 2010

ForUm Alternative
is no longer

With the departure of Viktor Yushchenko from office this site will no longer be updated.

ForUm once was one of the leading English news discussion sites on the web. It’s main goal was to promote Yushchenko not public discussion.

The likes of Thomas Martinez Jr (Florida) , Gene Nelson (USA) and Peter Crosby (UK) killed it off.  Supported by a group of neo fascist such as Nestor, Odessa, Terry Hallman (Aka US Expat) and others, the site no longer provides open discussion on political issues.

The quality of news services and information is in serious decline.  Anyone who expressed an opposing point of view was subjected to abuse, insults and harassment.

When that failed to silence their critics the moderators banned them – in many circumstances without reason or justification.

In a true Lord of the Flies fashion, when Yulia Tymoshenko fell out with Victor Yushchenk,o Thomas Martinez came under just criticism as he began to turn on those he previously called friends.  He started directing his abuse at Gene Nelson who finally woke-up  to the fact that Yushchenko was the problem not the solution.  Martinez, having destroyed the English ForUm, took his gang of neo fascist thugs and set up his own web site where only those who share his political point of view are entitled to participate in open discussion. Without Yushchenko in office they have no hero to promote.

Kyiv post has rightly assumed the mantel of Ukraine’s leading English news source and public forum.

Changes to the format of Kyiv Post which has moved from being a weekly local publication to a National daily news service has provided the English speaking expats with a better service, more information and in depth unbiased discussion on Ukraine.  It is fulfilling the task that once ForUm provided but better.

Martinez and his gang tried to suppress and impose a culture of censorship over Kyiv post.  They tried the same tactic of harassment and intimidation they applied to ForUm and Ukrainska Pravda,  thankfully their efforts have failed. Kyiv post today is a vibrant and well sourced news service for the expat community without undue censorship and efforts to prevent open public discussion.

We highly recommend that those seeking to obtain news and information on Ukraine logon to Kyiv Post web site.

Free Speech is the essence of any democratic nation.

In memory of Anita, Angela,  Free Speech, Green tea, Pysar, Vic, and all the others who were discriminated against by the moderators. Moderators who were elected in fraudulent elections and who failed to provide natural justice or fairness to others.   We have achieved our goals and provided an alternative.  Now that Forum is virtually no longer, hardly rates on Google “Ukraine” searches and is on its last legs, (News is hardly reported and discussion is thin on content or substance) – this alternative forum thankfully is no longer required.

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Yanukovych has already fulfilled three promises

Posted by the Editor on February 26, 2010

News / 26 February 2010 | 17:51

Yanukovych has already fulfilled three promises

Yanukovych has already fulfilled three promises

President Viktor Yanukovych has signed decrees aimed at improving life of common people and  fighting poverty. 

“I promised the people that I will do everything to establish justice in this very difficult time for the country.  To raise salaries and pensions, and today I did it. This decree I signed first,” Yanukovych said, according to his press office.

“The second decree, I have signed today, starts the process of immediate structural economic reforms that will allow to create strong economy in Ukraine.  Thus we open new workplaces, give people decent jobs and decent wages,” he added. 

The third decree signed by the president is aimed at establishing a system of eradication of corruption in Ukraine. 

“We have made the first three steps towards radical restructuring of whole system of governance, which will now serve the people. 

I want to emphasize that every day of my work at the high post, which the people entrusted me, will be dedicated to fighting poverty and changing the life of our country. 

 We have set ourselves this goal. And we will achieve it,” Yanukovych’s statement reads.


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EU Parliament urges Ukrainian leadership to review electoral legislation

Posted by the Editor on February 26, 2010

News / 26 February 2010 | 16:21

EU Parliament urges Ukrainian leadership to review electoral legislation

In the European Parliament’s resolution from February 25, 2010 on the situation in Ukraine, the parliamentarians urged the Ukrainian leadership to review the country’s electoral legislation.

“MEPs regret the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of highly-controversial amendments to the presidential electoral law, proposed by the Party of Regions just a few days before the second round. The country’s electoral legislation should be reviewed,” says the resolution.

On February 3, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Elections of the President of Ukraine” (re Organization of Work of the Election Commissions) that was submitted by the Party of Regions. Despite calls by Yulia Tymoshenko to veto it, then President Viktor Yushchenko signed the law the following day and it went into effect on February 5.


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President, Speaker discussing situation in the parliament

Posted by the Editor on February 26, 2010

News / 26 February 2010 | 14:25

President, Speaker discussing situation in the parliament

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn discussed the situation in parliament at a meeting on Friday, according to the presidential press service. “I have invited you to discuss the situation in the Parliament”, said Viktor Yanukovych at the beginning of the meeting. 

The President emphasized that it it is crucial to immediately establish an effective coalition and efficient Government. He criticized absence of State Budget 2010 saying that it means “finances and economy are managed manually”.

Viktor Yanukovych stressed that beginning with March 1, activate negotiations on forming the coalition should start in the Parliament called on Volodymyr Lytvyn to be active organizer of the negotiations. From his part the Speaker said he “understands it should be done”. 

Lytvyn, in turn, said that “the coalition in fact does not exist.” He said that this could be proved by the fact that the coalition had approved only 130 out of over 2,000 bills in the Verkhovna Rada. “If there is a coalition in the Verkhovna Rada, there should also be the budget,” he said, adding that opposition also has to work in parliament.


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Our Ukraine membership in new coalition is part of the deal between two Viktors – BYuT MP

Posted by the Editor on February 26, 2010

News / 26 February 2010 | 12:41

Our Ukraine membership in new coalition is part of the deal between two Viktors – BYuT MP

Statements by some deputies from OU-PSD on their willingness to form a coalition with the Party of Regions under the prime ministership of Viktor Yushchenko are an attempt to legalize a secret deal between the former and current presidents of Ukraine.

“More than a month ago the secret agreement between the two Viktors – Yushchenko and Yanukovych – came to light. According to the deal, Yushchenko would do everything to lower Tymoshenko’s rating in return for the prime minister’s post,” First Deputy Head of BYuT Andriy Kozhemyakin said, Tymoshenko’s official website reported.

The people’s deputy also underscored that “what’s most offensive about such statements and the willingness to be led by Yanukovych and the Party of Regions is that these deputies call themselves ‘national democrats.’ But once it comes down to having to defend national interests, even by being in opposition, their commitment falls apart and we see the true price of their ‘patriotism,'” he added.

According to him, these statements were made because the deputies from OU-PSD are afraid of losing their deputy mandates if pre-term parliamentary elections are held.

“The deputies from OU-PSD who talk about their prime minister, about demands, are actually just afraid of leaving the Verkhovna Rada. They are well aware that if elections are held, they won’t be able to rely on even the smallest level of support from the Ukrainian voters,” Andriy Kozhemyakin said.

On December 25, 2009, former member of Viktor Yushchenko’s Presidential Secretariat Yaroslav Kozachok reported that Yushchenko had signed a confidential agreement with Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych on cooperation during the presidential election campaign.

He claimed that according to the deal, Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych were to refrain from criticizing each other and use all means possible to support the leader of the Party of Regions in the second round. They would also guarantee Viktor Yushchenko’s nomination for the prime minister’s post and votes in support of his candidacy by the parliamentary majority.”


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Yanukovych pledges to keep Ukraine out of military alliances

Posted by the Editor on February 26, 2010

News / 26 February 2010 | 11:01

Yanukovych pledges to keep Ukraine out of military alliances

New Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said on Thursday that Kiev will build relations with both Europe and former Soviet republics, but will not form any military alliances either with NATO or Russia.

“The challenges which the international community faces dictate the need to unite in a larger format. We are ready to participate in this process as a European non-aligned state,” Yanukovych said in his inauguration speech in the Ukrainian parliament.

West-leaning ex-Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko bid unsuccessfully to take Ukraine into NATO, an issue that soured relations between Kiev and Moscow.

Yanukovych has repeatedly opposed plans to join NATO, saying the issue must be put to a referendum.

All opinion polls conducted in Ukraine show that most people are against the country’s accession to the bloc.


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Yanukovych reduced his salary by 50%

Posted by the Editor on February 25, 2010

News / 25 February 2010 | 17:52

Yanukovych reduced his salary by 50%

Yanukovych reduced his salary by 50%

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has reduced his salary by 50%, deputy head of presidential administration Anna Herman told journalists. “The president has reduced his salary by 50%,” she said.

Herman also reminded that with his first decree Yanukovych reduced expenses for presidential staff by 20%. She expressed an opinion that the president would continue this policy regarding regional administrations.

“Reduction of staff, official transport, salary, and this money will go on increase of minimal pensions and salaries,” she said.


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Tymoshenko: Ukraine is on a European course

Posted by the Editor on February 25, 2010

News / 25 February 2010 | 16:27

Tymoshenko: Ukraine is on a European course

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko held a meeting today with Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, during which they discussed cooperation between Ukraine and the EU.

“Our team sees only one course – European integration, which begins with the building of European values and standards in Ukraine,” Yulia Tymoshenko said, official website reported.

Catherine Ashton noted that she has always voiced support for countries that neighbor the European Union, including Ukraine.

“I know that a dialogue is underway on creating a free trade zone and association agreement, but for us it’s important to discuss how to deepen our cooperation,” she said.

The representative of the EU underscored the importance of today’s meeting with Yulia Tymoshenko. “It was very important for me to have this opportunity to meet with you and begin our first dialogue on how the European Union can help Ukraine,” she noted.

Yulia Tymoshenko congratulated Catherine Ashton on her new post as High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. “I wish you great success, because there is much work to be done in the European Union and the entire European region,” the head of the Ukrainian government said.

Catherine Ashton was appointed High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on 19 November 2009.


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