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President participates in the Ukrainian-Russian cross-regional economic forum

Posted by the Editor on October 4, 2010


News / 4 October 2010 | 18:50

President participates in the Ukrainian-Russian cross-regional economic forum

President participates in the Ukrainian-Russian cross-regional economic forum

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych took part in the sittding of the first Ukrainian-Russian cross-regional economic forum in Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai of the Russian Federation, presidential press office reported.

In his opening address, the Head of Ukrainian state said: “Today we hold a meeting planned back at the Kharkiv meeting. We have managed to do a lot since then, and we must not stop – we are going ahead. I would like to dwell on some points. For example, I deem it necessary to expand the scope of interaction among regions through active involvement of not only border territories, but also other regions which reached a high level of economic cooperation.”  

The Head of state is convinced that a good illustration of such cooperation is a forum of policy-makers and businessmen from Ukrainian and Russian regions (from Ural federal district of the Russian Federation), which took place from September 26 to 28 in Ekaterinburg.

Viktor Yanukovych pointed to the importance of successful development of the euroregions projects, having marked the work of three of them – ‘Dnipro’ (Chernihiv, Bryansk, and Gomel regions), ‘Slobozhanshchina’ (Kharkiv and Bilgorod regions), ‘Yaroslavna’ (Sumy and Kursk regions). “The creation of another two euroregions, i.e. ‘Donbas’ and ‘Azov’ is underway,” the President of Ukraine said.

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Speaker Lytvyn demands to amend new old Constitution

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News / 4 October 2010 | 17:12

Speaker Lytvyn demands to amend new old Constitution

Speaker Lytvyn demands to amend new old Constitution

Ukrainian parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has called on lawmakers to immediately draw up amendments to the country’s constitution, fixing the dates for next presidential and parliamentary elections.

Ukraine has faced legal bewilderment since the country’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that the 2004 constitutional reform transferring a significant amount of power from the president to parliament was adopted in breach of the constitution.

The court’s decision means that the amendments that came into force in summer 2006 are no longer valid, and that the norms of the 1996 Constitution have been restored.

As a result, it is not clear when the next parliamentary elections should take place in Ukraine.

The 1996 Constitution stipulates that the parliament is elected for 4 years, while the current Supreme Rada was elected in 2007 for five years after the amendments had been introduced.

“I propose that we urgently draw up amendments to the Constitution, fixing clearly that the Supreme Rada will be elected in September 2012 and setting the date for Ukrainian presidential [elections], because laws do not have a retroactive effect,” Lytvyn said.

He stressed that in line with Ukrainian laws, rulings made by the Constitutional Court cannot be challenged.

“We can change the Constitution, but we cannot change the Constitutional Court’s decision,” he said.

Yulia Tymoshenko said on Friday that since the old constitution is in force again, early presidential and parliamentary polls should be held in order to prevent political instability in the country.

“There can only be one conclusion: the president, parliament and government should all be re-elected at early presidential and parliamentary elections,” she said.

The Ukrainian justice minister, Oleksandr Lavrynovych, argued that there were no grounds to hold early presidential or parliamentary elections.

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President’s address to the people on cancellation of constitutional reform

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Analytics / 4 October 2010 | 16:02

President's address to the people on cancellation of constitutional reform

President’s address to the people on cancellation of constitutional reform

My dear fellow citizens!

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine repealed the alterations to the Constitution, which were made in 2004.

Thus we returned to the Main Law, under which Ukraine had lived since 1996.

We returned to the Constitution, which was acknowledged as the best by the European and other countries all over the world.

This Constitution empowered Ukraine to develop as an independent state, set invariable course for democracy and supremacy of law, protection of human rights and freedoms.

The decision of the Constitutional Court is not sudden for the people.

Ukraine and the society are fed up of living in the conditions that dictated the alterations to the Constitution of 2004.

These changes were made hastily, for the sake of political momentum. They caused permanent conflicts in power.

As a result, we see economic downfall and poverty of people, considerable decline of our country’s position on the international arena.

Today the Constitutional Court has repealed the alterations of 2004.

As a guarantor of the Constitution, I will obey this decision as any other.

All our further moves on improving the Constitution will be effective, systematic and transparent.

A new reform of the political system is an integral part of the course for reforms and will become a great step towards nationwide consensus.

I support an idea of referendum, as well as an idea of the National Constitutional Assembly as a mechanism for efficient consolidation on the way of political reforms.

It is a legitimate way we will move ahead.

I would like to reiterate that there is no alternative to reforms, to the course for changes and improvement of the citizens’ life.

I believe that democratic choice is irrevocable. I believe in freedom and justice in our state, in the prospects of the Ukrainian democratic republic.

We should make Ukraine a strong, modern, competitive state, and I anticipate public support in this important and very responsible matter.

Let God help us!

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Tymoshenko complained on Yanukovych to US Senator

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News / 4 October 2010 | 15:25

Tymoshenko complained on Yanukovych to US Senator

Tymoshenko complained on Yanukovych to US Senator

The cancellation of the 2004 political reforms will pave the way for election fraud, says Yulia Tymoshenko, former prime minister and leader of the Batkivshchyna Party.

“The Ukrainian people are being deprived of their legal right to change the government through fair elections,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during a phone conversation with former US presidential candidate Senator John McCain.

Yulia Tymoshenko warned of the danger stemming from that fact that control over all branches of power currently rests in the hands of one person – the president.

“With this ruling, the Constitutional Court violated all the provisions of the Constitution. Near absolute power, seized unconstitutionally, is now in the hands of one person – President Yanukovych, whose policies violate Ukraine’s national interests. We are swiftly returning to authoritarianism and a de fact one-party system,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko also told John McCain about the ruling party’s attempts to falsify the electoral process and the results of the local government polls, which will become a model for rigging future parliamentary and presidential elections.

“If Ukraine loses its independence and democracy, this will affect not only life in our country, but all of Europe,” underscored the former Ukrainian prime minister.

Senator McCain expressed concern over the difficult situation in Ukraine and voiced his support for the Ukrainian people in their struggle for democracy and the preservation of their independence. He stressed that he will do everything he can to prevent the collapse of democracy in Ukraine.

“Ukraine is very important for the entire world. Your country must stay on its democratic path of development and now allow its independence to be threatened,” he said.

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Tymoshenko calls for a new Constitution

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News / 4 October 2010 | 13:41

Tymoshenko calls for a new Constitution

Tymoshenko calls for a new Constitution

Former prime minister and leader of the Batkivshchyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko is calling for Ukraine’s intellectual circles to work together to draft a new Constitution.

“I believe the process of unification around the creation of a new Constitution must begin – a new Constitution that can become a true alternative to what today was imposed on the country,” Yulia Tymoshenko said at a press conference in Kyiv.

She believes only a new Constitution will be able to protect democracy in Ukraine.

“I trust that a team of intellectuals from political and non-political circles will be found that can write a new Constitution that will be appropriate for the third millennium and our country’s state of development – one that will once and for all protect Ukraine from accidental and incompetent politicians.”

Yulia Tymoshenko said the new draft Constitution must be “built in such a way that it guarantees rights and freedoms – it must not only identify good values, it must also include mechanisms for ensuring the accountability of each new leader on every level for upholding these values, rights and freedoms.”

“That’s why ever since 2004 I have been in favor of a new Constitution. A return to the 1996 Constitution means the total destruction of all democratic beginnings in Ukraine,” said Yulia Tymoshenko.

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President arrives in Gelendzhik

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News / 4 October 2010 | 12:53

President arrives in Gelendzhik

President arrives in Gelendzhik

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych arrived for a working visit to Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai, the Russian Federation, where he will participate in the first Ukrainian-Russian cross-regional economic forum.

The working visit of the Head of Ukrainian state is held at the invitation of the President of Russia.

The Ukrainian-Russian cross-regional economic forum has been arranged as a follow-up to the agreement reached by Ukraine’s and Russia’s Presidents at the April 21, 2010 meeting in Kharkiv, as well as the third sitting of the Ukrainian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission.

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Ukrainian scientists invent Internet of the future

Posted by the Editor on October 4, 2010


News / 4 October 2010 | 11:02

Ukrainian scientists invent Internet of the future

Ukrainian scientists invent Internet of the future

Scientists of the Odesa National Academy of Telecommunications named after O.S. Popov (southern Ukraine) say they have made a breakthrough in telecommunications: their ideas stand every chance to pave the ground for the Internet of the future in a decade, according to newspaper Segodnya, UKRINFORM reported.

The technology is called UA-ITT (Ukrainian Integrated Technology of Telecommunications). One of the authors of the development, Associate Professor Viktor Tikhonov, said the point at issue is a completely new principle of construction of the World Wide Web. As known, since 1980 it has been operating with the use of the TCP-IP protocol, which standardizes the exchange of information between different computers (and exactly a chain of interconnected computers this called the internet).

The data to be transferred is split into so-called packets, which have a standard size. But this does not allow the web functioning in a truly real-time mode, according to Tikhonov.

“Even when you just view an online video broadcast you need a buffer where a piece of video is loaded for you to see while the next one is being downloaded. That is, there is a delay anyway,” he said.

The same thing is with telephone communications, for example, through the popular program Skype. You may expedite the process by ordering a greater capacity of the network (traffic), but it takes extra money.

“We propose that instead of packages, segments with varying sizes be transferred for each specific task. For example, for telephone communications the segments will be small, and for the transfer of entire files big,” Tikhonov said.

Network bandwidth is also expected to vary, automatically and independently from the provider.

“Such a system would be cheap and, importantly, fast; it will really work in real time,” the inventor is sure. According to him, this development is unique: “Our counterparts at the IETF deal only with improvement of TCP-IP, when we offer another approach.”

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