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Tymoshenko’s health has worsened, judge denies the right to medical care

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News / 18 August 2011 | 16:15

Tymoshenko’s health has worsened, judge denies the right to medical care

The Batkivshchyna Party plans to appeal to all democratic organization and diplomatic mission regarding the threat to Yulia Tymoshenko’s life.

“This morning her lawyers again asked for an urgent medical examination, however, Kireyev said he will officially inform them of his decision,” Oleksandr Turchynov, the first deputy head of Batkivshchyna, told journalists today, according to the official website of Yulia Tymoshenko.

According to him, Yulia Tymoshenko’s health has deteriorated while being held in custody. “You know how brave Yulia Tymoshenko is remaining despite the absurd charges, despite the violations of the Constitution and law during this disgraceful trial. But yesterday her health began to deteriorate for unknown reasons,” he said.

“Her condition is so bad that she can’t take the short walks that she’s allowed in prison,” he added.

Today the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv refused to consider the defense’s request to allow a doctor examine Yulia Tymoshenko. Judge Kireyev said that “all the defense’s questions” will be addressed according to the manner prescribed by the law. When asked by the ex-premier’s lawyers at exactly what time the request will be considered, the judge asked that they “not contradict the presiding judge.”

“This isn’t a trial, this is a lynching. If the court knowingly doesn’t give me permission to see a doctor, then the judge is knowingly violating his oath,” said Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Ukraines main news Melnychenko asks Prosecutor General’s Office to open criminal case against Kuchma and Yuschenko

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News / 18 August 2011 | 14:32

Ukraines main news Melnychenko asks Prosecutor General’s Office to open criminal case against Kuchma and Yuschenko

Former Major of the State Department of Guard Mykola Melnychenko has sent a statement to the Prosecutor General’s Office demanding that it open a criminal case against two former Ukrainian presidents – Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yuschenko, according to Melnychenko’s Web site, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

The issue concerns a conversation between the second Ukrainian president (1994-2005), Kuchma, and the ex-governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, Yuschenko, which was allegedly recorded on August 25, 1999, ahead of presidential elections.

During the conversation, Kuchma allegedly persuaded Yuschenko to put UAH 1 billion into circulation, without which it would have been impossible for Kuchma to win the election. Yuschenko allegedly did not want to take this step, understanding the effects of inflation, but Kuchma managed to persuade him, offering the post of prime minister.

In this connection, Melnychenko asked the Prosecutor General’s Office to institute criminal proceedings against Kuchma and Yuschenko. At the same time, he submitted a disk with a recording of the conversation.

The ex-major expects the Prosecutor General’s Office to order the Control and Revision Office to conduct checks on whether the money was issued and what damage was caused to the state.

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PM Azarov: Ukraine interested in restoring Turkmen gas supplies

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News / 18 August 2011 | 12:43

PM Azarov: Ukraine interested in restoring Turkmen gas supplies

Ukraine is interested in resuming supplies of the Turkmen gas, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov in Kyiv Wednesday.

“Surely, we are interested in resuming Turkmen natural gas supplies to Ukraine – both via the traditional routes and from the perspective of construction of the Caspian-Black Sea gas pipeline,” Azarov emphasized, UKRINFORM reported.

He noted that as far as the economy develops, Ukraine will be ready to contribute financially to the project.

The prime minister stressed that in the medium term, the project will be extremely beneficial to both Ukraine and Turkmenistan.

Azarov recalled that Ukraine had supported the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan to diversify export routes of Turkmen hydrocarbons to global markets.

The Ukrainian premier noted that Ukraine is continuing negotiations with Russia regarding the possibility of resumption of supplies of Turkmen gas.

The prime minister informed that Ukraine is working to diversify the supply of hydrocarbons, in particular, there are plans to build a terminal in Odessa to receive liquefied gas of 20 billion cubic meters in capacity.

At the same time Azarov reiterated again: the most reliable and cheapest way of transportation of Asian hydrocarbons to Europe is the Ukrainian gas transport system, which today can carry up to 140 billion cubic meters of gas. After the modernization of the domestic gas transport system its capacity can be increased to 200 billion cubic meters.

“Nothing is more reliable than our transport system, which is now able to supply 140 billion cubic meters of natural gas, and after the reconstruction its capacity can be increased to 200 billion,” Azarov underscored.

He also emphasized that Ukraine has an extensive system of underground gas storages, which allows in the autumn-winter period to significantly increase natural gas supplies.

Rashid Meredov, in turn, noted that Ukraine and Turkmenistan have good prospects for intensifying cooperation in the energy sector.

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President initiates alteration of legislation on ethnic Ukrainians living abroad

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News / 18 August 2011 | 11:04

President initiates alteration of legislation on ethnic Ukrainians living abroad

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has brought in to the Parliament as urgent a draft law amending some laws of Ukraine regulating the status of ethnic Ukrainians living abroad.

The draft law aims to legally establish the principles of cooperation with ethnic Ukrainians living abroad. 

The bill proposes that an ethnic Ukrainian living abroad, who legally stays in Ukraine, enjoys the same rights and freedoms, but also bears the same obligations, as the citizens of Ukraine, if not stipulated otherwise by the Constitution, laws or international treaties of Ukraine.

Ethnic Ukrainians living abroad will be able to work at the enterprises, institutions and organizations of Ukraine, or conduct other business activities on the same grounds and in the same manner as the citizens of Ukraine are, and will be able to gain Ukrainian citizenship under a simplified procedure. 

Those ethnic Ukrainians living abroad, who graduated from foreign schools, will be eligible budget grants to study in Ukraine within the quotas set for the study of foreigners and stateless persons. 

The draft law proposes making Ukrainian state authorities’ organizational, methodological, technical and other support available to ethnic Ukrainians living abroad, as well as the financial support of NGOs. 

The adoption of the bill will enhance the consistency of cooperation between Ukrainian public authorities and Ukrainian diaspora public organizations, and provide for a more comprehensive satisfaction of its national, cultural, educational, language and information needs.

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