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Lytvyn denies possible early parliamentary elections

Posted by the Editor on January 31, 2011


News / 31 January 2011 | 17:55

Lytvyn denies possible early parliamentary elections

Lytvyn denies possible early parliamentary elections

Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn rejects a possibility of holding parliamentary elections in March 2011, he said Monday in Kyiv, according to UKRINFORM.

“Let’s be conscious. This year is difficult. Will we be able to hold elections? Obviously, we won’t,” Lytvyn said.

The speaker stressed there is no money for holding parliamentary elections this year. He urged MPs “not to speculate on the theme of the elections to please the people”.

Volodymr Lytvyn said that by February 3 the constitutional commission should submit final remarks and commendations on the bill to the Parliament.

Last November, the Parliament approved the preliminary amendments to the Constitution relating to the dates of the next regular parliamentary elections, presidential and local elections. The bill provides that the next parliamentary elections should be held on the last Sunday in October 2012 and the Presidential elections in  Ukraine – on the last Sunday in March 2015. This draft law provides for all authorities to be elected for 5- year term .

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Tymoshenko: Real opposition will not unite with departments of the Party of Regions

Posted by the Editor on January 31, 2011


News / 31 January 2011 | 16:11

Tymoshenko: Real opposition will not unite with departments of the Party of Regions

Tymoshenko: Real opposition will not unite with departments of the Party of Regions

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko hopes the opposition and popular resistance to the current Ukrainian government will strengthen, but says there is no chance of uniting with false opposition parties.

“I am convinced that all the true opposition forces will be united, and those that continue to ruin Ukraine’s chance of being liberated from this government will continue to simulate an opposition, but in reality will work for the Party of Regions, just as they did before the second round of the presidential elections,” Yulia Tymoshenko said, cited by her official website.

In her opinion, within a certain time every person understands which political party is defending their interests. “The technology ‘against all’ is well-financed by the government and they’re betting on its success in the future. That’s why we need to stop calling for all opposition parties to unite. It’s impossible to unite with departments of the Party of Regions that are code named ‘opposition’ because this is the same as uniting with the Party of Regions,” she added.

Yulia Tymoshenko believes that all opposition parties that feel a sense of responsibility for the country and its people are currently working together. “They are already together, along with all the citizens of Ukraine that understand that the country is being humiliated and destroyed. These people are together with the opposition, public figures and intelligentsia,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

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Ukrainian communists collect funds to restore Stalin statue

Posted by the Editor on January 31, 2011


News / 31 January 2011 | 14:27

Ukrainian communists collect funds to restore Stalin statue

Ukrainian communists collect funds to restore Stalin statue

Ukrainian communists are collecting funds to restore a statue to Josef Stalin, which was blown up in the Ukrainian city of Zaporzhe on New Year’s Eve, RIA Novosti reported.

“[The communists] bring voluntary contributions to join the common cause initiated by the communists and veterans of Zaporzhe,” the Communist party’s regional committee in Bilopillia, in northeastern Ukraine, said.

The three-meter-long statue stood near the regional building of Ukraine’s Communist party and was blown to pieces about an hour before New Year’s was to be celebrated.

The statue was previously attacked in late December when unknown assailants cut off Stalin’s head. Nine members of a Ukrainian nationalist organization were later arrested for being behind the attack.

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Alcohol industry will be privatized sooner or later – Ministry of Agriculture

Posted by the Editor on January 31, 2011


News / 31 January 2011 | 12:49

Alcohol industry will be privatized sooner or later - Ministry of Agriculture

Alcohol industry will be privatized sooner or later – Ministry of Agriculture

The alcohol industry of Ukraine, sooner or later will be corporatized and privatized. This opinion was expressed at a press conference in Vinnytsia by Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food Mykola Prysiazhniuk.

“Sooner or later the alcohol industry will be corporatized and privatized. But what a form – now we are working on with the Ministry of Economy,” the minister said, UKRINFORM reported.

In his opinion, the most attractive form of existence of alcohol industry is in Germany, where the means of production of alcohol are private, and the right to sell belongs to the state.

January 11, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a law that extends the list of objects of state property not subject to privatization. In particular, it was banned to hold privatization of state enterprise of alcohol industry Ukrspirt.

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Tymoshenko: Yanukovych will be removed from office swiftly and constitutionally

Posted by the Editor on January 31, 2011


News / 31 January 2011 | 11:01

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych will be removed from office swiftly and constitutionally

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych will be removed from office swiftly and constitutionally

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko says her political team and representatives of civil society are working out a way to constitutionally remove Viktor Yanukovych from power.

“A Yanukovych hasn’t been born that can destroy an entire country and the lives of its people. He will swiftly and constitutionally be removed from office, and we, together, will help him in this,” Yulia Tymoshenko said, her official website reported.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko, the unification of society is underway, which is one of the main elements of effective resistance to the government’s unprofessional and corrupt actions. “All our problems aren’t for long. There is a growing resistance movement in Ukraine. People of good will are coming together. My political team and I are working on bringing people together and working out a clear plan how to constitutionally remove this government,” she said.

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Yanukovych in interview with BBC: Ukraine hasn’t been reformed for 20 years

Posted by the Editor on January 28, 2011


News / 28 January 2011 | 17:55

Yanukovych in interview with BBC: Ukraine hasn't been reformed for 20 years

Yanukovych in interview with BBC: Ukraine hasn’t been reformed for 20 years

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, answering an uncomfortable question about the state of democracy and political freedoms, in an interview to BBC Ukrainian said that the debates about backsliding on democracy in Ukraine are raised by the defenders of the “old corrupt system”.

“I respond to it very simply, I imagine now that there is a struggle between the old system, the corruptive one, and the new, which we now introduce. In this struggle all means are used, I mean, unresolved … This situation is forced by people who had controlled the old bureaucratic system,” Yanukovych stressed, UKRINFORM reported.

“I believe that this process will end soon, I mean, the process of such furious resistance,” he added.

“When there is such a struggle against corruption, restoring order in the country, certainly there is a great resistance of the bureaucracy that attracts the best for it measures, including paying money for the printing of various information in various newspapers around the world,” the president said.

He stressed that he disagrees with allegations that the criminal proceedings now are “selective” – and affect only representatives of the previous government, and dwelt on the example of ex-economy minister Danylyshyn.

“Danylyshyn is not a politician, he has never been engaged in politics. He was a clerk, who dealt with the permissions in the licensing system, he was minister of economy, and he introduced the corruption schemes, and he is prosecuted for that, there is no policy there. He has never been involved in politics, so I do not understand why he had been granted political asylum,” Yanukovych said commenting on granting political asylum to the former minister by the Czech Republic.

“Anyway, someday he will be responsible for these criminal acts,” the president said, recalling that the country “has launch a war on corruption and we need to restore order in the country”.

In the interview the president reviewed the situation in Ukraine during 20 years of independence and repeatedly stated that the reason for the lack of reforms was the dominance of bureaucracy and corruption.

Describing the reforms carried out by his team, Yanukovych confirmed that the main priority of the state remains European integration.

He also expressed confidence that his plans to bring Ukraine by 2020 into the list of the 20 most developed countries are not illusory.

“I am confident that we will achieve this goal. We will strongly work to ensure that the modernization of the country leads to a significant economic upturn, improving people’s lives. And we will seek to ensure that our state be in the top twenty most developed countries of the world,” the president underscored.

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President appreciates effectiveness of Ukraine and Poland in jointly preparing for Euro 2012

Posted by the Editor on January 28, 2011


News / 28 January 2011 | 16:28

President appreciates effectiveness of Ukraine and Poland in jointly preparing for Euro 2012

President appreciates effectiveness of Ukraine and Poland in jointly preparing for Euro 2012

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych appreciated the effectiveness and cohesion of work of the Governments of Ukraine and Poland to prepare for the Euro 2012 finals. 

“I am absolutely pleased with how coordinated and targeted the Governments’ of Ukraine and Poland work to resolve all issues and prepare for Euro 2012 is ,” he said today at the the 7th Davos Ukrainian Lunch held by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation with participation of President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski. 

President Yanukovych added that his Polish counterpart, President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski also shares this assessment. 

He expressed hope that visa regulations will be lifted for Ukraine by the European Union before Euro 2012. “We will do everything for it to happen in 2011. And we hope our friends in Poland will play a role in that question and give us extra energy to address these issues,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

In his speech President Yanukovych stressed that Euro 2012 will give a new impetus to economic and social development of Ukraine and Poland. “As to economic changes, we will become more open, innovative and competitive. We introduce the advanced technologies and better management experience. As to social change, we are going to Europe “not by words, but by the deeds” and approach it in infrastructural, humanitarian and value terms,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

President Yanukovych thanked the Victor Pinchuk Foundation for the traditional organization of Ukrainian lunch conferences in the framework of the World Economic Forum.

Viktor Yanukovych said that Ukraine’s goal is to overcome the economic recession as soon as possible, and become a competitive and effective player in the global economic space. 

“Our strategic direction of economic policy is radical restructuring of the economy through the systemic, innovative and targeted reforms,” he said. 

Ukraine has almost all the condition for doing successful business in it: skilled labor force, excellent geographical location, and natural resources. He invited the foreign businessmen to invest in Ukraine. 

“Euro 2012 is another powerful incentive for investors to come to Ukraine. We are actively preparing for this important sporting event. And believe me, if we promise something – we do it … There is a lot of work being done in all areas in strict accordance with the timeframes and our commitments,” he said. 

He noted that new roads, railways, hotels and airports are “business arteries”. Their updating and expansion is accelerating the movement of people, goods and capitals. And this means higher profits for all, who do business in Ukraine. 

“I am extremely pleased that we build this new “circulatory system” together with our western neighbors Poland. It is often said that you don’t choose your neighbors. But I am very happy that we have such a neighbor and reliable partner, ” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

“I am convinced that together with our Polish partners, we will create the best conditions for the grand festival of European football and come to the finish line victoriously,” President Yanukovych said.

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Tymoshenko: Yanukovych’s trip to Davos is a waste of money

Posted by the Editor on January 28, 2011


News / 28 January 2011 | 14:44

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych's trip to Davos is a waste of money

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych’s trip to Davos is a waste of money

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes President Viktor Yanukovych’s participation in the World Economic Forum in Davos will bring nothing to the Ukrainian economy.

“Ukraine is not trusted today and Yanukovych’s trip to Davos is essentially money wasted because he doesn’t have the authority to attract investment to Ukraine at such forums as Davos,” Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists in front of to the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Yulia Tymoshenko pointed out that the current government’s economic policy led to a drop in Ukraine’s international ratings.

“The president of Ukraine went to Davos on the backdrop of unprecedented corruption in Ukraine, on the backdrop of the fact that key international agencies lowered Ukraine’s economic freedoms rating by 12 positions and Ukraine is now in last place in Europe and one of the lowest in the world. He went to Davos on the backdrop of the fact that in comparison with 2008, the last year before the crisis, foreign investment in Ukraine has fallen more than twofold. This suggests that the last economic freedoms and conditions for investment, including by major international companies, have been destroyed in Ukraine,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

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