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President: Half of funds saved by staff cuts in the regions must be used to increase salaries and pensions

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News / 28 February 2011 | 16:19

President: Half of funds saved by staff cuts in the regions must be used to increase salaries and pensions

President: Half of funds saved by staff cuts in the regions must be used to increase salaries and pensions

Half of the funds saved from reducing the number of officials in the regions, will be aimed at increasing salaries and pensions, President Viktor Yanukovych said at “Conversation with the Country” teleconference, presidential press office reported. 

President Yanukovych said that he had consultations with regional governors on successful implementation of administrative reform, combating corruption, raising the level of officials’ professionalism, and motivating the officials, who continue working after the staff cuts. 

“We have decided unanimously that any reduction in the local administrations must follow the principle of directing 30% – 50% of the released funds into raising wages for those, who remain. Another 50% must go into the state budget to increase wages and pensions in the public sector,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

“If we do not raise salaries to officials, if we do not create adequate conditions and incentives for their work, it means that we will push them to corruption. These are quite related issues,” he said.

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NATO: It’s too early to talk about Ukraine’s participation in new European missile defense system

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News / 28 February 2011 | 14:32

NATO: It's too early to talk about Ukraine's participation in new European missile defense system

NATO: It’s too early to talk about Ukraine’s participation in new European missile defense system

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that it is too early to talk about Ukraine’s possible participation in the creation of a European missile defense system.

“We are currently conducting joint analytical work with the Russian Federation, analyzing the areas of cooperation in building a missile defense system. And we have yet to decide on how this architecture of missile defense should be like. Therefore, it is too early to talk about Ukraine’s possible participation in the creation of this system,” he said in an interview with Channel 5, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

As reported, former Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko earlier told Channel 5 that NATO could use Ukrainian radar stations as part of the creation of a European missile defense system.

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Gaddafi’s Ukrainian nurse back home and stays silent

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News / 28 February 2011 | 12:50

Gaddafi's Ukrainian nurse back home and stays silent

Gaddafi’s Ukrainian nurse back home and stays silent

The Ukrainian nurse who allegedly was a vital part of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s daily routine remained shuttered away from view after returning home from nine years away working in Libya, the Telegraph.

Galyna Kolotnytska, who US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks said was so important to Gaddafi he could not travel without her, appeared not to be shifting from a ground floor apartment in the suburb of Brovary outside Kiev.

Journalists surrounded the 1960s apartment block, creating a rare hive of activity in the otherwise dull suburb 20 miles from Kiev as they hoped to catch sight of the nurse described as a “voluptuous blonde”.

The modest apartment is the home of her mother Iryna as well as her young adult daughter Tetyana.

“Please understand, mum is so tired right now,” Tetyana told waiting reporters. “Let her have some rest.”

Mrs Kolotnytska arrived in Kiev in the early hours of Sunday by plane, along with other Ukrainians who were evacuated from the unrest in Libya, and was immediately hurried by relatives into a car and taken home.

Ukrainian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda earlier reported that it had managed to speak to her mother Iryna, who told its reporter to “go to hell.” “You have slandered and tarnished the reputation of my daughter by saying that she was some kind of lover of Gaddafi.”

Mrs Kolotnytska left Ukraine for Libya nine years ago. She initially worked as a nurse in a hospital and became Gaddafi’s nurse later.

Good salaries meant that Libya became a popular destination for Ukrainian medical workers during the 1990s. Before the current unrest hundreds of Ukrainian nurses and doctors were working in the country.

The diplomatic cables, which were sent by diplomats in Tripoli to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009, reveal that Gaddafi was almost always accompanied by Kolotnytska.

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Border authorities to refresh 11 checkpoints ahead of UEFA EURO 2012

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News / 28 February 2011 | 11:01

Border authorities to refresh 11 checkpoints ahead of UEFA EURO 2012

Border authorities to refresh 11 checkpoints ahead of UEFA EURO 2012

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGS) in 2011 will upgrade 80% of railway border crossing points, which will serve the guests of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championships, chief of SBGS border control and registration department, Oleksandr Binkovsky told UKRINFORM.

“We are planning to complete this year the reconstruction of 9 out of 11 railway checkpoints. Works on the Kharkiv and K. Lopan checkpoints – in the next,” he said.

According to the official, the Ministry of Infrastructure for these needs has allocated UAH 5,232 million (USD 1 – UAH 7.93).

Binkovsky emphasized, the dynamics of the work at the facilities indicates that the checkpoints will be put into operation in time.

As reported, the border control authorities identified 32 checkpoints, which will have the highest traffic load during EURO 2012, including 16 road, 11 railway, and 5 air ones.

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