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Moscow Patriarchate regrets supporting Yanukovych, according to WikiLeaks

Posted by the Editor on August 25, 2011

News / 25 August 2011 | 16:19

Moscow Patriarchate regrets supporting Yanukovych, according to WikiLeaks

Moscow Patriarchate regrets supporting Yanukovych, according to WikiLeaks

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP) has said that its support for Viktor Yanukovych in the presidential election of 2004 was a mistake, the then U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor wrote in a dispatch to the U.S. State Department on January 9, 2009, the Ukrainska Pravda Web site reported on Thursday with reference to WikiLeaks.

According to Taylor, the chairman of the department of external church relations, Archimandrite Kirill (Hovorun), said this at a meeting with a representative of the embassy.

“He acknowledged that the [church’s] support for Yanukovych in the presidential election in 2004 was a mistake, and stressed the independence of the Ukrainian branch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Archimandrite Kirill noted that since 2004, the church has not been involved in politics. He also noted that the UOC MP publicly condemned a pro-Russian informal Orthodox group that made political statements,” the ambassador said, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

According to Hovorun, in 2004 there was a risk of split in the Orthodox movement due to the efforts of Ukraine’s third president (2005-2010) Viktor Yuschenko to achieve the recognition for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

Subsequently, Yuschenko also caused a crisis within the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate.

“Hovorun said that the participation of President Viktor Yuschenko in the celebration of the 1020th anniversary of Christianization of Kyivan Rus in July 2008 nearly caused a split within the UOC MP,” the Web site quoted the former U.S. ambassador as saying.


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Yanukovych: UAH35bn spent this year for UEFA EURO 2012

Posted by the Editor on August 25, 2011

News / 25 August 2011 | 14:35

Yanukovych: UAH35bn spent this year for UEFA EURO 2012

Yanukovych: UAH35bn spent this year for UEFA EURO 2012

About UAH 35 billion (USD 1 – UAH 7.97) has been spent from various sources to finance preparations for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, President Viktor Yanukovych told reporters in Kyiv Thursday, UKRINFORM reported.

“This year alone, we have spent about UAH 35 billion for EURO 2012 from different levels of funding. Next year, these investments have to be much shorter, several times smaller than now,” Yanukovych stressed.

He also said that Ukraine will be able to host UEFA EURO 2012 at high level, “as a strong, modern country that looks to the future ought to do”.


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President: strengthening independence should be the cause of every citizen of our country

Posted by the Editor on August 25, 2011

News / 25 August 2011 | 12:50

President: strengthening independence should be the cause of every citizen of our country

President: strengthening independence should be the cause of every citizen of our country

President Viktor Yanukovych believes the issue of strengthening and preserving Ukraine’s independence should be the cause of every citizen of our country, he said at today’s opening of a radiological department building of the Kyiv Regional Oncologic Dispensary. 

Congratulating the audience on the 20th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych said: “It is very important for us today to preserve our independence, and we be taking care of that every day.” 

According to the President, the 20 years that have passed since Ukraine’s independence were a period of establishment of the Ukrainian state. “Young people, who were born 20 years ago, are walking in our step today – they will be building our country. And this generation’s vigor will be able to improve the quality of life of every person,” he said. 

Viktor Yanukovych noted that last year the government began making steps to modernize the country and improve people’s lives. In 2010 it managed to halt the decline of the economy. “I say this so that we felt the opportunities we can expect from life in our country, opportunities that allow us to look to the future,” the President of Ukraine said.


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Wall Street Journal article by Viktor Yanukovych: Ukraine’s Future Is With the European Union

Posted by the Editor on August 25, 2011

Analytics / 25 August 2011 | 11:56

Wall Street Journal article by Viktor Yanukovych: Ukraine's Future Is With the European Union

Wall Street Journal article by Viktor Yanukovych: Ukraine’s Future Is With the European Union

When Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union a mere 20 years ago, it was hard to imagine what our future would hold. The mood was one of enthusiasm and unlimited potential. But would it be enough to overpower the hardships of the previous 72 years? Despite the euphoria of the day, the country faced an uphill struggle. After all, our nascent country was struggling with weak levels of gross domestic product, and massive unemployment seemed inevitable.

The Ukraine I see today is very different. I see a modern and dynamic country in which small-business ownership is on the rise, creativity is thriving, and the market is picking up after a difficult recession. In the last year alone, foreign direct investment increased by 35%.

Ukraine has come a long way from our Soviet legacy, and I plan to take the country even further. It is my goal to set Ukraine on the path to becoming a proud member of the European Union.

I believe Ukraine’s future belongs in Europe. While our historical connection to Russia will continue to be very important, the key to prosperity for our people and the development of our natural and human resources lies in a deeper and more developed integration with Europe and the West.

I see vast potential for Ukraine to play a prosperous role in the European economy. Not only does my country boast an educated labor force and a rich foundation in science and technology, but we also serve as a bridge connecting European, Russian and Asian markets. With a territory larger than France, one that is home to a third of the world’s most fertile soil, Ukraine has often been referred to as the “breadbasket of Europe.”

We also value innovation. Our current exploration of shale and offshore reserves will diversify energy supplies and help avert future crises. Our strong economic ties with the EU will only increase after we finalize an Association Agreement later this year-a springboard to future EU membership.

Ukraine’s partnership with the West extends beyond economic and strategic interests. It also includes a shared culture of values and a commitment to democracy, human rights and international peace. My decision last year to remove weapons-grade uranium from our nuclear reactors despite resulting economic hardships shows that Ukraine is serious about global security, and that we are a reliable pillar of stability in Europe’s eastern neighborhood. I would be remiss if I did not mention our shared joy in friendly sporting competition, as demonstrated by Ukraine’s co-hosting of next year’s European Football Championships along with our Polish friends.

Looking closer to home, we must focus on improving relations with our Russian neighbors. For too long, Ukraine’s energy security has been blighted by an unpredictable diplomatic relationship with Russia. It is time to move on and look to the future-putting regional peace ahead of past mistakes. Ukraine, Russia and the whole of Europe will benefit if this is achieved.

Yet our progress has been far from smooth. As our country seeks to escape from an economic crisis that has strangled a generation, I have had to implement tough economic measures to secure International Monetary Fund support that has safeguarded Ukraine’s economic development. Ukraine’s current pension reform plan (including raising the retirement age for women to 60 from 55) is similar to the controversial measures being undertaken by all governments across Europe to achieve economic and fiscal discipline. However difficult it may be, reforms like this are finally starting to structure Ukraine’s economy on par with EU standards.

There is more work to be done in our transformation. Replacing the remnants of Soviet corruption with transparency across all areas-including government administration, business and the judiciary-remains a challenge. No person should be immune from the consequences of his actions regardless of political standing or social stature. Without accountability, Ukraine’s transformation will be unattainable. Without the rule of law, Ukrainian citizens will have their daily lives complicated.

In this climate of global uncertainty and competing geostrategic interests, the connections between Europe and Ukraine are all the more important. Ukraine needs Europe. Just as important, Europe cannot afford to leave Ukraine behind.

In the next 10 years of independence, it is my hope to see Ukraine reunited with its European family. We cannot achieve this goal alone, and we are calling on our European friends to support our efforts. Our future depends on forging close ties with the EU and eventually becoming a full-fledged member. As we remember our humble beginnings, let us look forward to the next 20 years. In a period that will have many challenges, we hope to stand firmly by the EU’s side, leaving the next generation of Ukrainians a legacy of stability as part of a united European community.


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IMF postpones its mission’s visit to Kyiv until October

Posted by the Editor on August 25, 2011

News / 25 August 2011 | 11:02

IMF postpones its mission's visit to Kyiv until October

IMF postpones its mission’s visit to Kyiv until October

The visit by a mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to Ukraine has been moved from late August to late October, David Lipton, a special advisor to the IMF managing director, has said after a meeting with Ukrainian Finance Minister Fedir Yaroshenko and Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Boiko in Washington.

“We discussed recent economic developments in Ukraine and abroad, and progress under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). I stressed the importance of strong policies and reforms to overcome delays and complete the second review,” Lipton said, UKRINFORM reported.

He also said that the Ukrainian authorities “reaffirmed their commitment to the objectives of the SBA program and the implementation of pending measures.”

Ukraine is planning to agree with IMF experts the revenues and expenditures of the state budget for 2012.

It was earlier planned that the fund’s mission would visit Ukraine August 29 through September 9 to continue discussions on the second review of the Stand-By Arrangement.

As reported, on August 9, First Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Presidential Administration Iryna Akimova said that Ukraine planned to reach a compromise with the IMF by the beginning of September regarding the resumption of funding.


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