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Tymoshenko: My trial will show whether there is justice in Ukraine

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News / 14 March 2011 | 16:20

Tymoshenko: My trial will show whether there is justice in Ukraine

Tymoshenko: My trial will show whether there is justice in Ukraine

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said that her lawyer has reviewed much of the documentation in the criminal case against her.

“I have read several of the volumes of documents, but my lawyer has already reviewed a substantial part of the material in this case,” Yulia Tymoshenko told reporters today before her latest visit to the Prosecutor General’s Office,according to her official website.

Yulia Tymoshenko reiterated that she will not drag out the review of the case files. “I want to go to court as soon as possible to demonstrate whether or not courts exist in Ukraine. I want to see how in the absence of a crime, as they say for ‘the illegal payment of pensions,’ the judges will turn a blind eye to justice and the law, and will issue a ruling based on instructions from Yanukovych,” she said.

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Ukraine to implement the Single State Register of citizens who need better housing conditions

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News / 14 March 2011 | 14:33

Ukraine to implement the Single State Register of citizens who need better housing conditions

Ukraine to implement the Single State Register of citizens who need better housing conditions

On March 11 Ukrainian government approved formation of the Single State Register of citizens, who need better housing conditions, Vice PM and Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Viktor Tykhonov announced. According to him, the register must be complete by the end of 2011.

Tyhonov informed that the purpose of implementing such a register is to provide transparent accounting of citizens who need improved housing conditions as well as public control over the distribution and provision of housing. “Single State Register of citizens, who need better housing conditions” will also clearly define obligations of the state and take them into account forming state and local budgets, Vice PM said.

The register is an automated information system for collecting, storing, providing, protecting and keeping information about people who need better housing conditions. Access to information displayed in the Single State Register will be provided through a specially created Web site in accordance with the law. Records of citizens will be submitted to register monthly by executive authorities, executive councils, enterprises, institutions and organizations.

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Tymoshenko: Most people know there are no reforms

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News / 14 March 2011 | 12:45

Tymoshenko: Most people know there are no reforms

Tymoshenko: Most people know there are no reforms

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko believes that by boasting about their success and achievements, Mykola Azarov’s government is covering up the true state of the Ukrainian economy.

“The Azarov government doesn’t exist. Actually, this old and tired man, Mr. Azarov, should be left alone – he is no longer responsible for anything, he doesn’t decide anything, he doesn’t implement any programs. In reality, Yanukovych and his entourage, not the government, decide everything. Yanukovych is responsible for everything. This is my first conclusion,” Yulia Tymoshenko said, summing up the first year of Mykola Azarov’s government, Tymoshenko’s official website reported.

In her opinion, the current government is trying to make people believe that effective reforms are being carried out in Ukraine and that Viktor Yanukovych is the first reform president. “I think that most people in our country sense this – that there are no reforms. The only reforms they have undertaken are building helicopter landing pads for the president, buying chandeliers for $50,000, building Mezhyhirya’s and, perhaps, some other things related to a knee operation. These are all the reforms that are underway in Ukraine,” she added.

Yulia Tymoshenko believes the current government instead of reforms is implementing schemes that allow them to redistribute state property and direct finances to benefit the president’s inner circle under conditions of total economic and social collapse. “Never in Ukraine was there such social and economic collapse, even in the midst of the crisis. Every family today feels that they can’t afford the sharp increase in food prices and other essential goods, can’t balance the family budget because of the sharp rise in prices for utilities and gas. This failure is on the conscience of the unprofessional team and unprofessional environment of President Yanukovych,” she said.

She finds unconvincing the statement by representatives of the government and presidential administration that a year isn’t enough to introduce effective changes that would improve people’s lives. “They have resolved their issues fully. The conclusions made by the world regarding the wealth of key people in the president’s circle, namely the Forbes ratings, show that Yanukovych’s wealth has increased substantially. They managed to improve life for themselves,” she said.

The former premier recalled that spending on deputies increased by 900 million hryvnias this year, while spending on the president and his office increased 1.5 times. “This was enough time for the president of Ukraine to buy his son a bank for 100 million hryvnias and pour another 100 million into the statutory fund. This was enough time for the prime minister to transfer, as investigative reports have shown, 150 million hryvnias to his son’s private company. They managed to do it all, but only for themselves,” she said.

“The country needs help urgently. Our team doesn’t live by the principle that our opponents followed during the crisis – the worse off the country, the better for them. That’s why I would like to talk about how to help the country in this very destructive time,” she said before proposing a concrete plan of action for leading Ukraine out of the economic crisis.

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PM Azarov: Government to help launch inter-church dialogue

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News / 14 March 2011 | 11:01

PM Azarov: Government to help launch inter-church dialogue

PM Azarov: Government to help launch inter-church dialogue

The Ukrainian government will contribute to establishing an inter-church dialogue, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Sunday in Istanbul during a meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, UKRINFORM reported citing the Cabinet of Minister’s press office.

“We certainly can not help but worry that our Orthodox Church is divided into three churches. However, we believe that this is the affair of the Church itself – to find a way to unity and unification. I want to assure you that the Ukrainian government is ready to contribute to harmonizing state and church relations, establishing an inter-church dialogue,” Azarov emphasized.

The prime minister praised the contribution of the Ecumenical Patriarch to the development of Christianity and the spread of Christian values. Azarov said that people in Ukraine cordially recollect his visit to Ukraine, which took place in 2008.

The head of the Ukrainian government also thanked the Ecumenical Patriarch for the assistance to Ukrainian pilgrims during a visit to Mount Athos.

In turn, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said that he prays for peace and stability in Ukraine, and the unification of Orthodox churches: “We are ready to provide any assistance to achieve this union,” he stressed.

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