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Ukrainian population keeps decreasing

Posted by the Editor on July 15, 2010


News / 15 July 2010 | 16:51

Ukrainian population keeps decreasing

Ukrainian population keeps decreasing

According to the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine (SSC), 45.888 million people lived in Ukraine as of May 1, 2010. Population declined by 74,600 people in January-April 2010, according to the press service of the Ministry of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports informed, according to NRCU.

Population fell only due to the natural decrease. Natural population decline reduced against January-April 2009. The highest death rate was observed in Chernihiv region and the lowest in Kyiv.

At the same time, in January-April, population growth was registered in the three Ukrainian regions, namely   in Zakarpattia region (479 people), Rivne region (174) and the city of Kyiv (391). In general, the birth rate has declined over the period.

Migration gain of 5,900 people was recorded in the country. Those who arrived in Ukraine in January-April 2010 included immigrants from the CIS countries (78.2%) and citizens from other countries (21.8%). Some 55.5% of those who left Ukraine went to the CIS countries and 44.5% to other countries.

According to the SSC, as of January 1, 2010 population made up 45.96 million people. The latest population census was conducted in Ukraine in 2001. Then 48.457 million people lived in the country. The next census is scheduled for the next year, but it is expected to be postponed until 2012.

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Tymoshenko: Batkivshchyna will be participating in elections under its name

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News / 15 July 2010 | 14:44

Tymoshenko: Batkivshchyna will be participating in elections under its name

Tymoshenko: Batkivshchyna will be participating in elections under its name

Batkivshchyna will be participating in local elections under this name, says the party’s leader, Yulia Tymoshenko.

“The Batkivshchyna Party, which will be running independently in these elections, will be running under the name that it’s had for 11 years now,” Yulia Tymoshenko said, according to BYuT press office.

Tymoshenko also noted that her team “decided to nominate candidates for deputies to local government and all party posts through primaries.”

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President signed a law on the principles of Ukraine’s domestic and foreign policy

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News / 15 July 2010 | 12:51

President signed a law on the principles of Ukraine's domestic and foreign policy

President signed a law on the principles of Ukraine’s domestic and foreign policy

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has signed a law on the principles of Ukraine’s domestic and foreign policy, adopted by parliament on July 1, 2010 at the president’s initiative, the presidential press office reported.

The principles of domestic policy are determined by the law in the development of statehood, local government and the stimulation of regional development, as well as the formation of civil society institutions, national security and defense, and in the economic, social, humanitarian and environmental spheres.

The major principles of foreign policy envisage Ukraine’s non-aligned status and the country’s strategic course towards European integration.

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Tymoshenko: increase in gas prices for households has nothing to do with IMF requirements

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News / 15 July 2010 | 11:02

Tymoshenko: increase in gas prices for households has nothing to do with IMF requirements

Tymoshenko: increase in gas prices for households has nothing to do with IMF requirements

The government’s decision to increase natural gas prices for households has no connection to the International Monetary Fund’s requirements, claims Yulia Tymoshenko.

“I’m convinced that today’s 50% increase in natural gas prices for Ukrainian households has no connection to requirements set by the IMF. You can always reach an agreement with the IMF on other ways to compensate for financial deficits in Ukraine,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during a briefing in Kyiv, BYuT press office reported.

The former prime minister noted that the IMF often raised this issue with her government. “But this was solely a decision to be made by the Ukrainian government.”

“Even though this requirement was made, I never agreed to them and secured three loan disbursements for Ukraine from the IMF in the midst of the crisis, when this was hardest to do.”

In Yulia Tymoshenko’s opinion, this decision was based on certain obligations to those who sponsored the current government’s election campaign, in particular the need to return $5.4 billion to RosUkrEnergo from public funds. “There is only one reason – because they need to return $5.4 billion to RosUkrEnergo.”

Therefore, according to her, the debt to RosUkrEnergo will be paid by ordinary citizens. “Clearly the money has to come from somewhere and $5.4 billion is a lot of money. And that’s why they decided to collect it as an additional charge to people living on their last kopecks,” explained Yulia Tymoshenko.

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