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Ukraine plans to have fully professional army by 2015

Posted by the Editor on June 25, 2010


News / 25 June 2010 | 14:42

Ukraine plans to have fully professional army by 2015

Ukraine plans to have fully professional army by 2015

Ukraine must have a fully professional army by 2015, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

“We are planning to complete by 2015 the full transition of the Ukrainian military forces from a mixed recruiting system to a new model based solely on contracted service,” the ministry quoted head of the personnel policy department Maj. Gen. Serhiy Kropyvchenko as saying.

Ukraine has long been making plans for a transition to a fully professional army, but low defense budgets (currently only 1% of GDP) have hampered the process.

At present, over 52% of the military personnel in the country’s 200,000-man Armed Forces are professional soldiers.

Ukrainian soldiers also serve under NATO command in Iraq, Afghanistan and in Operation Active Endeavour in the Mediterranean.

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Tymoshenko: my government defended the state’s interests during the gas crisis

Posted by the Editor on June 25, 2010


News / 25 June 2010 | 12:50

Tymoshenko: my government defended the state's interests during the gas crisis

Tymoshenko: my government defended the state’s interests during the gas crisis

Yulia Tymoshenko is urging the Prosecutor General’s Office and Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to not persecute her government team that while she was prime minister cleared through customs 11 billion cubic meters of gas, because they were carrying out her orders.

“I am fully responsible for everything that happened with regard to the 11 billion cubic meters of gas. These people were carrying out my instructions, they were supporting Ukraine’s national interests, they were defending Ukraine and giving the country a chance to survive this difficult economic and financial crisis,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during a press conference in Zaporizhzhia, according to BYuT press office.

Yulia Tymoshenko emphasized that she personally gave orders to clear through customs 11 billion cubic meters of gas “to the leadership of the customs service, the director of Naftohaz, and all other government agencies that were working to resolve the gas crisis.”

“The fact that they’re summoning the deputy director of Naftohaz Mr. Didenko to the Prosecutor General’s Office and the SBU, that they’ve arrested the former head of the customs service Mr. Makarenko, are dragging the Naftohaz accountants and ordinary customs officials to the SBU and prosecutor’s office indicates that they’re trying to get these people to testify as to how I was involved in all the processes to resolve the gas crisis at the start of the year, and the customs clearance of 11 billion cubic meters of gas at a rather reasonable price,” she said.

There is no need to harass government officials that were performing their official duty, says Yulia Tymoshenko.

“All claims should be directed at me. I can answer for every kopeck, every agreement and every cubic meter of gas, and prove that we had nothing but the state’s interests in mind,” she emphasized.

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Speaker: Parliament to decide on local election date late in June or early in July

Posted by the Editor on June 25, 2010


News / 25 June 2010 | 11:03

Speaker: Parliament to decide on local election date late in June or early in July

Speaker: Parliament to decide on local election date late in June or early in July

Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has forecast that the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, will consider the issue of the elections to local councils late in June or early in July. He said this in an interview with the Profile-Ukraine magazine, UKRINFORM reported.

The speaker recalled that parliament had already registered “fifteen bills linked to local elections,” and said that regardless of who will submit a new bill on this issue, a real document, according to the parliament’s rules of procedure, could be registered only after consideration of the previous ones.

Parliament Speaker Lytvyn also said that local elections would not be held only on a majority basis. “The decision has not been made yet, but there is an idea that this will be a mixed system,” he said.

As UKRINFORM earlier reported, local elections should have taken place on May 30, but the parliament cancelled them on February 16, without setting a new date. The decision to postpone the elections was taken due to the fact that the state budget for 2010 had not been adopted at that time.

The Ukrainian president’s entourage (the Regions Party) insisted that local elections be held on October 31, 2010. The Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko (BYuT) proposed holding the elections late in March 2011. There are also other proposals on the local election date: either September or December 2010.

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine recently ruled to declare unconstitutional a bill that foresees the holding of the next local elections on March 27, 2011.

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