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Yatsenyuk refused Yanukovych’s offer

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News / 9 March 2010 | 17:46

Yatsenyuk refused Yanukovych’s offer

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych declares that during a meeting with the leader of “Front of changes” Arseniy Yatsenyuk he offered him a post in the future government, but Yatsenyuk declined the offer and announced an intention to go in opposition.

“I offered Arseniy Yatsenyuk a high post in the future government, which will be formed soon hopefully. But Arseniy Petrovych refused and expressed an assurance that he should go in opposition,” Yanukovych said after the meeting with Yatsenyuk.

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“I hope it will be a constructive opposition, which won’t be destroying the country,” Yanukovych added.

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Tymoshenko declared war on Yanukovych

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News / 9 March 2010 | 16:15

Tymoshenko declared war on Yanukovych

Tymoshenko declared war on Yanukovych

The viche of national-patriotic forces of Ukraine has adopted a resolution on creating a united democratic coalition.

Batkivshchyna, People’s Movement of Ukraine (Rukh), Motherland Defenders Party, People’s Self-Defense, Christian Democratic Union, Reforms and Order Party, Ukrainian Social Democratic Party, and other political and public organizations have joined the opposition.

“We’re calling on all political and public forces to join the opposition battle for Ukraine, its independence and European course. We’re appealing to the Ukrainian people to stand up to all possible action that will infringe on Ukraine’s statehood, constitutional order, democracy and values,” says the resolution.

The united democratic coalition sets such goals as defending Ukraine’s European course of development, defending democracy, fighting for the creation of a socially-oriented economy, countering the domination of the oligarchs in the economy, strengthening Ukraine’s independence and protecting its territorial integrity, preventing Ukraine’s entry into any international organizations that conflict with Ukraine’s European aspirations, strengthening energy security and maintaining state ownership of the gas transport system, as well as protecting the status of Ukrainian as the only state language.

BYuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko has been chosen as the leader of the united democratic opposition.

“The People’s Movement of Ukraine (Rukh) supports this action and these events. But a united democratic opposition must have its leader. Our leader is Yulia Tymoshenko,” Rukh leader Borys Tarasyuk said today during the viche of Ukrainian patriotic forces that took place today by the monument to Taras Shevchenko in Kyiv.

Yuriy Lutsenko, the leader of the People’s Self-Defense movement also supports this initiative. “There is a simple answer for those who want to defeat the latest anti-Ukrainian ‘Yanu-Kuchma’ – unite into a fist and be strong. We are stronger today because we know who betrayed us, and they’re not with us here any more. The opposition – this is your finest hour, Yulia Tymoshenko. This is when the true fighters will remain by you, when conviction is not measured in monetary terms,” Yuriy Lutsenko said.

The deputy head of the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party Olena Shustik believes that an opposition union of all democratic forces must stand up to the threat of loss of Ukraine’s main achievements.

“The inability of the democrats to unite under the threat of an anti-Ukrainian comeback resulted in the victory of complete lawlessness. Yanukovych came to power not only through total falsification and intimidation of the population, but due to a lack of unity along the democratic ranks. Some politicians we know put their own ambition and material gain above the national interests. Because of betrayal and corruption, the democratic coalition in parliament was destroyed and the government was dismissed. I hope this return by Yanukovych finally awakens all the healthy democratic forces of our country and we create the strongest opposition,” Olena Shustik said.

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Parliament adopts resolution on formation of coalition with factions and MPs

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News / 9 March 2010 | 14:28

Parliament adopts resolution on formation of coalition with factions and MPs

Parliament adopts resolution on formation of coalition with factions and MPs

The Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) has amended Article 61 of Ukraine’s Law on the Regularities of the Verkhovna Rada giving go-ahead to the formation of a coalition with not only factions, but people’s deputies too. A total of 235 MPs have voted in favor with 226 MPs required.

Thus, according to the amendments, a coalition is ‘a union of deputy factions, people’s deputies formed on the basis of election returns and common political grounds with a majority of people’s deputies of the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada’.

At the same time, a motion concerning the formation of a coalition with deputy factions is withdrawn from the Verkhovna Rada regulations. A coalition agreement on the creation of the parliamentary majority will be attached with a list of MPs who enter the coalition.

The terms for the formation of a coalition remain unchanged: within a month since the day of the first meeting of the newly elected Verkhovna Rada or within a month since the day of the breakup of a previous coalition.

The Verkhovna Rada believes that the Party of Regions, whose leader Viktor Yanukovych was elected Ukraine’s President, intends to form a coalition with the Communist Party of Ukraine, the Bloc of Lytvyn and people’s deputies, ‘who agree to support the stance and principles of this coalition.

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Prutnyk: Kyiv must become a chain in All-European security system

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Analytics / 9 March 2010 | 15:20

Prutnyk: Kyiv must become a chain in All-European security system

Prutnyk: Kyiv must become a chain in All-European security system

The goal of new security policy of Ukraine is to become an inseparable chain of future united Europe. The head of International Fund “United world” Eduard Prutnyk said opening the international conference in Berlin, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

“Ukraine is a European country with huge industrial, technological, agrarian and transit potential. The model of All-European security system is simply impossible without Kyiv,” Prutnyk said.

In addition, Prutnyk noted that the main challenge for Ukraine is to find its place and role in the architecture of future Europe.

“New security situation, which is being formed in the world, leaves less ‘opportunity windows’ for young states, which opinion was not taken into account while making the historical decision in Helsinki in 1975. It’s time to take into account aspirations and interests of almost 20 new states, and I think that Ukraine must become an initiator of this movement,” he underlined.

According to the fund head, the conference should initiate an address to presidents of US and Russia with a request to choose Ukraine’s capital as the place of signing the agreement on limited strategic offensive-dominated arming.

“Now we observe ‘rebooting’ of American policy in the world, which means cooperation with Russia and China; geopolitical influence of Old Europe increases; president of Russia Dmitriy Medvedev suggests forming All-European security system from Atlantics to Pacific ocean,” Prutnyk added.

In his speech Prutnyk also told about a necessity to get rid of “personal narrow-mindedness and prevailing political wind.”

“The world is in constant motion, and we control this motion. We must get rid of personal narrow-mindedness and prevailing political wind. I believe that none of us depends on history or nature. We are the history and nature! We can save the world from war, hatred and ignorance. We can wipe out the borders separating human races, rich and poor. As Sakharov once said, unexampled situations demand unexampled solutions. And if we think and talk about this, it means that we can fulfill this,” he summed up.

Note: An international conference “Role of Ukraine in new European structure,” organized by International fund “United world” (Ukraine) and German council on international relations (DGAP), has opened today in Berlin. The event is held to give a room for international discussions on basic principles of new relations between Ukraine and Europe.

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Guard shoots man at Ukrainian Consulate in Istanbul

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News / 9 March 2010 | 12:34

Guard shoots man at Ukrainian Consulate in Istanbul

Guard shoots man at Ukrainian Consulate in Istanbul

Reuters – A Turkish man armed with a gun and suspected of carrying a bomb was shot and wounded by a security guard when he tried to enter the Ukrainian consulate in Istanbul today, Turkish officials said.

Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler said a bomb squad was investigating a bag containing cables that the man had been carrying, but it was doubtful whether there were explosives inside.

“We don’t think it is a bomb, but the police are checking it, and will probably blow it up, just in case,” the governor told NTV news channel.

The governor said the 29-year-old man’s wife was living in the Ukraine, and his motive appeared to be personal rather than political.

The man tried entering the consulate at around 9 a.m. and began firing randomly, before he was shot by a guard.

The wounded man was taken to hospital and he was not in a critical condition, the governor said. There were no other casualties.

Television images showed police cordoning off the area in the Florya neighbourhood, near the city’s international airport. Police also evacuated nearby buildings.

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BYuT won’t allow ‘coalition’ law to be adopted

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News / 9 March 2010 | 11:00

BYuT won’t allow ‘coalition’ law to be adopted

BYuT will use all available tools in parliament to prevent the law that would change parliamentary regulations allowing non-faction deputies to form a coalition from being adopted.

“We will use all means allowed by parliament to not allow this, because Ukraine is one step away from totally illegitimate power because of Viktor Yanukovych’s dizzying victories,” said BYuT MP Ostap Semerak, according to Tymoshenko’s official website.

The deputy recalled that the Constitution of Ukraine outlines a clear procedure whereby coalitions are formed by factions. “And we shouldn’t deviate from this. If someone tries to violate democratic norms – we won’t allow this,” he emphasized.

Ostap Semerak underscored that BYuT has announced it has gone into opposition. “As our leader Yulia Tymoshenko said, Viktor Yanukovych’s days of relaxation have come to an end – playing tennis and golf twice a day, as he told journalists, and we will control all the activities of the new government. These changes to the regulations are unconstitutional,” he noted.

As reported, on March 4, parliament, with 299 votes, passed in the first reading a bill that would introduce changes to parliamentary regulations allowing individual deputies to join a parliamentary coalition

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