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President: Government’s priority is raising living standards and creating new jobs

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News / 5 August 2011 | 18:08

President: Government's priority is raising living standards and creating new jobs

President: Government’s priority is raising living standards and creating new jobs

Government’s main priority is to improve people’s lives, President Viktor Yanukovych told journalists while on a working visit to the Kherson region. “The main purpose of everything we do is to improve people’s lives. Combating poverty is the top-priority policy, ” Viktor Yanukovych said.

The President has expressed the belief that government’s priority is to improve the living standards to vulnerable groups, create new jobs. “The first thing we must do is to improve the lives of poor people, to give jobs to the young so they could provide for their families. Create conditions for everyone able to work. Make sure that the people have the motivation to work and always get a decent wage,” he said.

“Fair policy should be based on the priorities I am constantly speaking about,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

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PM Azarov: Cabinet considering cancellation of gas deals with Russia in court

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News / 5 August 2011 | 16:46

PM Azarov: Cabinet considering cancellation of gas deals with Russia in court

PM Azarov: Cabinet considering cancellation of gas deals with Russia in court

The government is studying the possibility of termination by court of gas agreements with Russia concluded by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in 2009, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Friday in Kyiv’s Pechersk District Court when questioning him as a witness in the case of Yulia Tymoshenko.

“The government is studying the possibility of termination of agreements with Russia through court. However, the decision on this matter is not yet taken,” Azarov stressed, UKRINFORM reported.

At the same time, he noted that Russia complies with the terms of the contract.

Azarov said that the projected price of Russian natural gas in the fourth quarter 2011 is USD 388 per 1,000 cubic meters.

“In the first quarter of 2011 the price was USD 263, in the second – USD 296. In the third we are negotiating the projected cost of USD 348, in the fourth – USD 388,” he said.

As UKRINFORM reported, Yulia Tymoshenko is accused of abuse of office during the signing of gas contracts with Russia in 2009 pursuant to Part 3 Article 365 of the Criminal Code (abuse of power). According to the court case, Yulia Tymoshenko, when signing the 2009 agreements with Russia on gas supplies, caused on the state losses for UAH 1.5 billion.

At Friday’s hearing of the Pechersk District Court the prosecutors filed a motion to replace Tymoshenko’s written undertaking not the leave the country for detention in custody.

“The defendant by her behavior interferes with establishing the truth. I therefore declare a petition to change the preventive measure on her not to leave the country for arrest,” prosecutor Lilia Frolova emphasized

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New visa rules good for some, could hurt others

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by Mark Rachkevych, KyivPost

Things might have gotten easier for some employees coming to work in Ukraine, but long-term stay for others could become bureaucratically cumbersome.

A Cabinet of Ministers resolution is coming into force on Sept. 10. It will allow employees of foreign company representative offices or foreign bank branches in Ukraine to remain in-country uninterrupted without having to leave for at least one year.

Passed in June, the resolution allows foreign employees to obtain temporary residency permits that will allow them to stay more than 90 days over a 180-day period.

Moreover, the measure casts a wider net for categories of people who can apply to stay in Ukraine longer than 90 days.

They include students, foreign journalists and their families and immigrants to Ukraine or those who are reuniting with family members who obtained refugee status. Also included are workers of religious organizations, foreign non-government organizations and international technical assistance projects.

Currently, foreign employees of representative offices and foreign-owned bank branches cannot apply for residency permits.

The measure also reclassified visas Ukraine issues to foreigners from 22 visa types to three: transit, short-term and long-term.

The number of countries whose citizens don’t require visas to enter Ukraine hasn’t changed, according to the government measure.

Scott E. Brown of Frishberg & Partners (Kyiv Post file photo)

“This is good news for foreign employees of representative offices and banks, as there will presumably be a new procedure put into place for registering such persons with OVIR [citizenship, immigration and registration department of the interior minister] for temporary residency,” said Scott Brown of Frishberg & Partners law firm. “The procedures look a lot like what other countries do around the world.”

However, it remains largely unclear how the resolution will be implemented and whether the procedures outlined will be practiced consistently by all the involved government agencies, including customs, Ukrainian embassies abroad, and the border guard.

“As usual in Ukraine, the practical mechanism of implementation of the new rules is not yet unknown by the relevant officials and, therefore, requires additional clarification,” said Brown.

The uncertainty extends to Ukraine’s foreign technical assistance community whose countries have bilateral agreements with Ukraine that prevail over local laws.

“We don’t know at this point what is going to happen,” said Chrystia Pendzola-Vitovych, country director of American Councils for International Education, an international technical assistance project. “Nobody knows for sure, we just don’t know yet.”

At present, Americans employed in technical assistance projects such as, the International Republican Institute, National Democratic Institute, the U.S. Peace Corps, as well as others, register through the foreign ministry and the process is facilitated by the U.S. Embassy.
It now appears they will have to register with OVIR and may entail providing the government agency with a background check, proof of health insurance, and domicile information each time a new long-term visa is issued and with each re-entry into Ukraine.

“We’re looking for clarification and expect to know how this will work in the near future,” said James Wolfe, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson.

The procedure envisions employers in Ukraine obtaining work permits from the state employment center for future employees. The work permits are then sent to the Ukrainian Embassy where the employee will apply for the long-term visa.

The long-term visa will be valid for 45 days, presumably the period for which the employee can enter Ukraine and apply for the residency permit with OVIR, according to Tetyana Rabczak of CMS Cameron McKenna law firm.

Residency permits are usually valid as long as work permits, usually one year, after which the procedure has to be repeated if the foreign employee plans on staying longer.

Although work permits can be issued for three years, the lawyers with whom the Kyiv Post spoke said they’ve never seen them issued beyond a year.

Rabczak said that first-time long-term visa applicants will have to interview in person at the embassy, otherwise mailed applications will suffice.

The government also set new consular fees for processing visas. A single-entry visa will cost $85, a double-entry visa $130 and a multi-entry visa will run at $200.

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Yanukovych: Ukraine will fill domestic market with its own agricultural products

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News / 5 August 2011 | 15:28

Yanukovych: Ukraine will fill domestic market with its own agricultural products

Yanukovych: Ukraine will fill domestic market with its own agricultural products

Ukraine will fill its own internal market with agricultural products, President Viktor Yanukovych said while visiting the construction of a logistics center for storing fresh fruits and vegetables in Kakhovka. “Very soon the time will come, when the Ukrainian market is filled with domestic products, some part of which we export,” he said. 

The construction of the logistics center Viktor Yanukovych has called another example of modernization of the country proceeding. “The whole Ukraine will be being built and rebuilt in that way,” President Yanukovych said. 

“This storage facility is a component of the logistics system we must build in the Kherson region, and which will create conditions for growing the crop, storing it and selling it,” the President of Ukraine added. He stressed that in this way will create a “full production cycle from the preparation of quality seeds up to the cultivation of final top-quality products.” 

The President called the project a good example of successful public-private partnership. “The chosen path is correct. All we need is will and coordinated work of all the participants in this process, both the government and the entrepreneurs,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed. 

According to Viktor Yanukovych, the progress he saw during his today’s visit to the Kherson region give hope that it has great future. “If we pursue the policy of development, economic growth, improvement of people’s life year after year, it certainly will make the region flourish,” the President of Ukraine said.

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President: History should be assessed by historians

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News / 5 August 2011 | 14:04

President: History should be assessed by historians

President: History should be assessed by historians

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych is confident  the assessment of events that took place in Ukrainian history should be made by historians, he said in an interview during a working visit to the Kherson region. “I have repeatedly said that it is important that history was assessed by its contemporaries and historians,” he said.

When asked about the decision of the Supreme Administrative Court on the illegality of conferring Roman Shukhevych and Stepan Bandera the titles of Hero of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych stressed that he “has never questioned decisions of any courts.” “Order in the state will be only when the whole society has the same attitude to that,” Viktor Yanukovych said. Irreversibility of punishment and presumption of innocence are the two pillars that the rule of law stands on.

“If we look into the past of our history and be building our future on the past history, in which there were many contradictions, we will be robbing our future. And that would be wrong,” he said.

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Court allows 38 witnesses for prosecution, only 2 for defense – Tymoshenko’s case

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News / 5 August 2011 | 12:36

Court allows 38 witnesses for prosecution, only 2 for defense - Tymoshenko's case

Court allows 38 witnesses for prosecution, only 2 for defense – Tymoshenko’s case

Yulia Tymoshenko’s defense has filed a repeat motion with the office of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv to call witnesses in the criminal case against the ex-premier over gas contracts signed in 2009.

“Despite the fact that the prosecution called 38 witnesses, out of the 30 the defense requested they admitted only two – Oleksandr Turchynov and Mykhailo Livinsky. The court for unknown reasons didn’t allow such important witnesses as former Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Petro Krupko and others to testify,” defense lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko told journalists today.

These requested witnesses represent the former government, Naftohaz, Ukrtranshaz, Ernst & Young, and a group of experts that prepared the analysis requested by the Prosecutor General’s Office. These witnesses were interrogated during the pre-trial investigation, but for some reason weren’t summoned to testify in the trial.

Yesterday, Yulia Tymoshenko entered a motion for representatives of her government and Ukrtranshaz to testify: former Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Petro Krupko, former Vice Prime Minister Hryhoriy Nemyria, former First Vice Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchynov, former head of the oil and gas resources department at Naftohaz Mykola Honcharuk, former acting Defense Minister Ihor Umansky, former Minister of Labor and Social Policy Lyudmyla Denysova, former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, former Vice Prime Minister Ivan Vasyunyk, Batkivshchyna chief of staff Mykhailo Livinsky, deputy head of the Control and Revision Office Nataliya Ruban, a representative of Ernst & Young, and others.

The court rejected the request, following an earlier refusal to allow a journalist to testify who in his article proved that the Presidential Administration is directly influencing the trial.

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President: Government programs should stimulate production in agriculture

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News / 5 August 2011 | 11:01

President: Government programs should stimulate production in agriculture

President: Government programs should stimulate production in agriculture

Government programs aimed at developing the agro-industrial complex of Ukraine will be constantly improving, President Viktor Yanukovych told journalists during his working visit to the Kherson region. “These Government programs will be improving and motivating the productivity of work in agriculture,” the President assured.

Viktor Yanukovych congratulated the Kherson region on a record grain harvest, noting that “three million tons of grain for the Kherson region is not the limit.”

The President of Ukraine stressed the state would be dedicating considerable attention to the development of rural infrastructure and improving social conditions of farmers in Ukraine. “We now need to improve the quality of life. The basis for this is economics,” he said.

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