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Vecherko: President’s of Ukraine visit to the U.S. will deepen cooperation between states

Posted by the Editor on September 21, 2011


News / 21 September 2011 | 17:59

Vecherko: President's of Ukraine visit to the U.S. will deepen cooperation between states

Vecherko: President’s of Ukraine visit to the U.S. will deepen cooperation between states

Ukraine and the United States should expand the framework of cooperation, and the visit of President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to the United States will contribute to it, stated MP of Ukraine, member of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction, First Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on European Integration, Head of International Fund “European Development” Volodymyr Vecherko.

In his opinion, bilateral relations between Ukraine and the United States have great potential and are essential for both sides, as ForUm learned from the press office of the Party of Regions.

“The importance of Ukraine’s relations with the United States is due to, firstly, that in general terms the United States remains the most powerful country in the world, and, secondly, that the U.S. is the guarantor of independence, sovereignty and integrity of the borders of our country,” politician says.

Besides, Volodymyr Vecherko said the United States is the largest donor country of technical assistance to Ukraine.

“Total U.S. assistance to our country since 1992 amounted to more than $ 3 billion, what is more than the sum of donor countries for the period. According to the U.S. State Department, on the program of technical assistance to Ukraine in 2009 were allocated $ 89.5 million, in 2010 – $ 118.9 million, in 2011 – $ 124, 4 million,” MP said.

He said that partnership with the U.S. in energy sector is important too.

“The priority for the Ukrainian side is attracting U.S. investment, as well as unique technologies, particularly for production of hydrocarbon deposits in the Ukrainian sea shelf, and assessing the prospects of mining in Ukraine of the shale gas methane of the coal fields,” he explains.

All these facts lead to the need to deepen cooperation between our countries, said the MP.

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Opposition denies any involvement in Tuesday’s protests near parliament

Posted by the Editor on September 21, 2011


News / 21 September 2011 | 17:33

Opposition denies any involvement in Tuesday's protests near parliament

Opposition denies any involvement in Tuesday’s protests near parliament

Verkhovna Rada Deputy Speaker Mykola Tomenko, representing the opposition Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko-Fatherland (BYuT), has denied any involvement of this political force in Tuesday’s protests of veterans of Afghanistan war and cleaners of the Chornobyl accident.

As reported, members of the ruling Party of Regions accused BYuT of organizing provocations nearby the parliament with the protesters making an attempt to assault the Verkhovna Rada and clashing with special police force.

“Any political party nothing to do with yesterday’s protests, they were organized by the organizations of the Afghan war veterans and Chornobyl cleaners. If the government thinks it is someone who intentionally tries to do it, so the authorities underestimate social protest moods that are in Ukraine,” Tomenko emphasized, UKRINFORM reported.

“If the government does not change its attitude to people, trying to push through the laws like the law on the abolition of social benefits, such protests will continue,” the vice speaker said.

As previously reported, nearly 2,000 representatives of organizations of Afghanistan war veterans and cleaners of Chornobyl NPP accident were protesting at the Ukrainian parliament Tuesday over the plans of the authorities to limit their social benefits.

Later the sides agreed to postpone the adoption of the law as a whole until it is agreed with public organizations that protect the rights of Afghanistan war veterans, Chornobyl cleaners and other groups.

However, the protesters adopted a resolution saying that if their requirements are not fulfilled, they are ready to begin an indefinite protest to demand parliament dissolution.

In this regard, chairman of the Center for Applied Political Studies “Penta” Volodymyr Fesenko said that under current conditions this requirement “does not meet the legal constitutional realities”. According to him, in the 1996 Constitution, which was restored in Ukraine last year, dissolution of parliament is not envisaged.

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Ukrainians don’t want to get married

Posted by the Editor on September 21, 2011


News / 21 September 2011 | 17:00

Ukrainians don't want to get married

Ukrainians don’t want to get married

Degradation of family institute is observed in Ukraine, deputy minister on family, youth and sport Yuri Sizenko told parliamentary hearings on “Family institute, its condition, problems and ways of solving them,” ForUm’s correspondent reported.

“According to State Statistic Committee data, in 2010 there was 37.8% of families with children, 73.5% of which were with one child, 23.5% with two children and only 3%with three and more children,” he informed.

Sizenko noted that every decade a number of families with children decreases, and large families become an exception. “There is a contradiction in the public opinion regarding large families: while families with 3-5 children are treated pretty positively, families with more children meet quite negative attitude,” the deputy minister added.

The official also stated that open marriage becomes more popular in modern Ukraine. “And as a result, every fifth child is born out of official family,” Sizenko noted.

In addition, he pointed out that Ukraine, together with Belarus and Russia, is in the top three leaders on divorces in Europe.

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Lutsenko to be treated in detention facility

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News / 21 September 2011 | 16:30

Lutsenko to be treated in detention facility

Lutsenko to be treated in detention facility

State penitentiary institution declares absence of necessity to treat former interior miniter Yuri Lutsenko outside the isolator, chairman of the institution Oleksandr Lisitskov told the press.

According to him, it has been held a total diagnostic examination of Lutsenko, as a result of which a treatment was prescribed. Doctors decided that Lutsenko can be treated within the wall of the detention facility.

Lisitskov also pointed out that the penitentiary institution takes care of health of all its detainees.

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Yushchenko believes union with Russia will return iron curtain

Posted by the Editor on September 21, 2011


News / 21 September 2011 | 15:58

Yushchenko believes union with Russia will return iron curtain

Yushchenko believes union with Russia will return iron curtain

Former President Viktor Yushchenko warned that the European Union’s reluctance to offer a clear path to membership puts Ukraine at risk of falling into Russia’s orbit and style of governance.

His comment in an interview to Wall Street Journal highlights the pivotal decision facing Yushchenko’s successor, Viktor Yanukovych, who travels to Moscow on Saturday for talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that could set this former Soviet republic’s course.

“Concrete offers are 10 times more valuable than concrete ambitions,” said Yushchenko.

In Russia, Yushchenko said, “there is a different kind of politics. If you want to be in the customs union, you will be in the customs union in a couple of weeks.”

Yushchenko warned that agreeing to Russia’s demands for closer relations would consign Ukraine to the authoritarian style of governance favored by Moscow.

“If you see yourself in a single economic space with Russia and Belarus and the customs union,” he said, “you build an iron curtain and choose different freedoms, or rather nonfreedoms, different values.”

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Tymoshenko’s participation in elections to shoot down idea of united opposition – opinion

Posted by the Editor on September 21, 2011


News / 21 September 2011 | 15:36

Tymoshenko's participation in elections to shoot down idea of united opposition - opinion

Tymoshenko’s participation in elections to shoot down idea of united opposition – opinion

Chairman of the Institute of Ukrainian politics Kost’ Bondarenko believes that Ukraine has already entered an election stage, he said at the experts’ marathon “What does Ukraine face during and after elections?”, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

Speaking about opposition’s perspective at the parliamentary elections 2012, the political scientist underlined that the participation of Yulia Tymoshenko would shoot down the idea of united opposition, as well participation of any candidate from the united opposition. “In case Tymoshenko takes part in the elections, we will have several oppositional forces, which will eliminate each other,” he said.

As an example, Bondarenko cited the situation of 2001, when the attempt of creating united opposition resulted into either united opposition of Yulia Tymoshenko or no united opposition at all.

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PR stands for strict measure to secure parliament

Posted by the Editor on September 21, 2011


News / 21 September 2011 | 14:31

PR stands for strict measure to secure parliament

PR stands for strict measure to secure parliament

Party of Regions MP Elbrus Tedeyev supports a draft bill on limiting to 100 meters the distance of allowed approach to the state buildings during protest actions.

“I don’t think it is normal when protesters come and smash down state buildings. You must understand that radicalization does not make any good. Where is a guarantee that a mentally sick person does not enter a state institution,” he said in an interview with ForUm.

Tedeyev was quite judgmental: “Strict measures must be taken. Look at the White House and the fence around it. If someone crossed the line a sniper would take him immediately. If there is no adequacy and responsibility we need more strict measures in he administrative order.”

The MP also reminded that except for deputies, journalists and employees the parliament welcomes also pupils and students, who come there for excursions. “They also must be provided with security,” the politician summed up.

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Party of Regions faction called on Libyan side to free the citizens of Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on September 21, 2011


News / 21 September 2011 | 14:00

Party of Regions faction called on Libyan side to free the citizens of Ukraine

Party of Regions faction called on Libyan side to free the citizens of Ukraine

The state is obliged to provide the citizens of Ukraine free and peaceful life, even if they are outside their homeland, said MP of Ukraine, member of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction, First Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information Olena Bondarenko.

“President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych instructed the Government and the Foreign Intelligence Service to accelerate and to intensify their efforts to free the Ukrainian citizens in Libya from arrest as soon as possible,” Olena Bondarenko said commenting on instructions of President of Ukraine to Cabinet of Ministers to take necessary measures to protect Ukrainians, detained in Libya.

MP reminded that on August 27 in the Libyan city of Tripoli were detained 22 Ukrainian citizens. They are civil engineers and worked at enterprises of oil and gas industries in Libya. “But for some reason, the representatives of the national transitional council of Libya decided that these people are somehow involved in participating in the hostilities on the side of Muammar Gaddafi,” said Olena Bondarenko, adding that the information is being verified, but no charges were put forward until now.

“Today our people are under house arrest. They are daily visited by representatives of the Ukrainian Embassy and a doctor. Ukrainians feel themselves satisfactory, they are provided with food and drinking water,” the politician said, Party of Regions press office reported.

She said that Ukrainian diplomats don’t give up talking with representatives of the Libyan side, not only in Tripoli, but also in Kyiv and other European capitals.

“Party of Regions faction called on Libyan side to free our citizens and to give them the possibility to return to Ukraine. We wish detained to get free as soon as possible and to return to their home,” the parliamentarian said.

Olena Bondarenko also said that Ukrainian specialists work in different countries – not only in Libya, they need protection of their rights and interests. “Our state is obliged to provide them free and peaceful life, even if they are outside their homeland,” she said.

“That’s why we support the desire of the President of Ukraine – guarantor of rights of Ukrainian – to defend and to protect every citizen of our country from violating their rights, wherever they are,” she concluded.

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