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Former General Pukach, accused of Gongadze’s murder, ignoring prosecution questions

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News / 6 October 2011 | 17:15

Former General Pukach, accused of Gongadze's murder, ignoring prosecution questions

Former General Pukach, accused of Gongadze’s murder, ignoring prosecution questions

Oleksiy Pukach, the former head of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s external surveillance department, who is accused of the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze, is mainly ignoring questions during interrogation in court, the lawyer for the journalist’s widow Myroslava Gongadze, Valentyna Telychenko, has said.

“The state prosecution formulates its question, but Pukach keeps on saying whatever he wants and mainly ignores the questions,” the lawyer told reporters during a break in the court hearing on Thursday, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

She added that the judge had to ask repeatedly the accused to give clear answers to the questions.

According to Telychenko, the answers given by Pukach in general are meaningless and do not give a clear understanding of the motives for the murder of the journalist.

“[He’s behaving] in the same way as before,” she said.

Gongadze went missing in Kyiv on September 16, 2000. A decapitated corpse, which experts claimed could be that of Gongadze, was found in a forest outside Kyiv in November 2000. In May 2010 Ukrainian Prosecutor General Oleksandr Medvedko stated that fragments of a skull found in July 2009 in Kyiv region belonged to Gongadze. The Prosecutor General’s Office declared that former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Kravchenko ordered to murder Gongadze, following the statement the court sent the case for additional investigation. Pukach is accused of having committed the murder.

Pukach, who had long been on the wanted list, was detained in the Zhytomyr region on July 21, 2009.

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President: Visa simplification with Greece to extend bilateral ties

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News / 6 October 2011 | 16:40

President: Visa simplification with Greece to extend bilateral ties

President: Visa simplification with Greece to extend bilateral ties

Ukraine is set to simlify visa application procedure with Greece, President Viktor Yanukovych told reporters in Athens on Thursday after a meeting with Greek President Karolos Papoulias.

“We hope that at the bilateral level Greece will continue to implement constructive changes in its visa policy regarding citizens of Ukraine,” Yanukovych emphasized.

The head of state believes this should revive tourism exchange between the two countries and promote business, cultural, educational, scientific relations, the rise of the economies of Ukraine and Greece.

“I believe that improvement is possible for Ukrainian citizens traveling to Greece and Greek to Ukraine. This is especially important also for human contacts, above all, the interests of numerous Greek communities in Ukraine and a large Ukrainian community in Greece,” he added.

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Putin: Free trade area with EU will kill Ukrainian aviation production and shipbuilding

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News / 6 October 2011 | 16:00

Putin: Free trade area with EU will kill Ukrainian aviation production and shipbuilding

Putin: Free trade area with EU will kill Ukrainian aviation production and shipbuilding

Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin repeats once again that the Customs Union is beneficial for Ukraine. “We have checked the figures for several times. The economic benefit of Ukraine will be nine milliard dollars annually,” Putin told a session of the investment forum “Russia is calling!”

He noted that Ukraine takes money from IMF “at good rate and for a long term”, but anyway will have to give it back. “Here (Customs Union – ed.) they can get money annually,” he said.

“Nobody will let Ukrainian agricultural products in European markets. May be they let to sell 2 liters of milk, not more,” Putin added.

The Russian Premier also forecasts that in case of formation of the free trade area with the EU Ukrainian aviation production and shipbuilding ‘will die’ because of tough competition.

As one of the advantages of mutual cooperation, Putin pointed out common language and mentality. He noted that sessions of the EU are held with participation of 27 interpreters. “While translating from one language to another they lose half of the meaning,” Putin said.

According to Russian Premier, the majority of the Ukrainian people must come to understanding of integration expedience. “When Ukrainians understand that Customs Union will increase their welfare, Ukraine will join it,” Putin believes.

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Ambassador: Greece says Ukraine shouldn’t insist on EU membership prospect now

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News / 6 October 2011 | 15:30

Ambassador: Greece says Ukraine shouldn't insist on EU membership prospect now

Ambassador: Greece says Ukraine shouldn’t insist on EU membership prospect now

Greece does not support the demand of the Ukrainian side to include in the draft Association Agreement with the EU a clause on Ukraine’s EU membership prospect, Ukrainian Ambassador to Greece Volodymyr Shkurov told reporters in Athens.

“Greece is very well disposed towards Ukraine. And, of course, it tries to support Ukraine, where possible. But Greece is not ready now to support Article 49, which Ukraine insists on, concerning the inclusion of prospects of Ukraine’s membership in the European Union in the Association Agreement. Greece believes that the present moment is not the best for EU accession,” Shkurov emphasized, UKRINFORM reported.

At the same time, the diplomat stressed that Greece is not principally against Ukraine’s membership in the EU.

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MP: Decriminalization of the Criminal Code is anti-corruption by its nature

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News / 6 October 2011 | 15:00

MP: Decriminalization of the Criminal Code is anti-corruption by its nature

MP: Decriminalization of the Criminal Code is anti-corruption by its nature

MP of Ukraine from the Party of Regions Oleh Nadosha said that decriminalization of the Criminal Code is anti-corruption by its nature. He said this in Parliament on Thursday, October 6, commenting on the draft document.

“This legislative initiative is clearly anti-corruption by its nature,” the MP said. “This step knocks out trumps of the hands of corrupt police officers who practice extortion of businesses by changing the article on that, which does not provide criminal liability for offenses committed,” he explained, ForUm learned from the press office of the Party of Regions.

“You should understand the psychology of Western businessmen: they come here and think that here you can be in jail for every penny. And knowing that the responsibility for violations of economic legislation is limited to paying the fine, they will invest more in Ukrainian economy. For us it is improvement of investment climate,” Oleh Nadosha said.

Commenting on the size of fines, provided by Criminal Code for economic crimes, he advised to wait for the second reading of the document. “What is clear now – it is the correct logic of the law: for financial crimes the state should receive an adequate response – that is, funds must be returned instead of putting the businessman-offender to prison and keeping him at the expense of the state,” politician informed.

“Logic of our opposition, which offers to make decriminalization only for two persons – Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko, is surprising. This is wrong,” the MP summed up.

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President: Ukraine and Greece should actively develop their friendly relations

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News / 6 October 2011 | 14:32

President: Ukraine and Greece should actively develop their friendly relations

President: Ukraine and Greece should actively develop their friendly relations

Ukraine and Greece should actively develop their traditionally friendly partnership relations. Such a belief has been expressed by the President at the meeting with President of Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias in Athens.

President Viktor Yanukovych has noted that Ukrainian and Greek people have long been associated by the feelings of mutual respect and support. “Such traditions and ties between our people do not depend on the political situation,” the President said, ForUm learnd in the presidential press office.

“Today Greece and its people suffer a difficult period. The situation is also difficult in our country, but we have come today with an understanding that exactly in such periods we should work hard to find an opportunity to support and help each other. It will confirm those ancient traditions of good relations between Ukraine and Greece,” the President said.

The President of Hellenic Republic in welcoming his Ukrainian counterpart on behalf of the Greek people has expressed confidence that the state visit of Viktor Yanukovych would be an important step in the development of bilateral Ukrainian-Greek relations. “I am delighted to welcome you and your delegation. It is a very important moment in the development of relations between our countries,”- said Karolos Papoulias.

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War history conference being held in Sevastopol

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News / 6 October 2011 | 14:00

War history conference being held in Sevastopol

War history conference being held in Sevastopol

October 6, VI All-Ukrainian scientific war history conference “War history of North Black Sea region and Tavria” was opened in the National war history museum of Sevastopol, ForUm learned from the press office of Defense Ministry.

The agenda of the conference includes research of war history, war conflicts and warfare, armament and machinery based on witnesses’ memories, archives and museum documents.

The participants of the conference are leading specialists of Armed Forces of Ukraine, historians, representatives of research and education institutions of Ukraine.

The organizers of the conference believe that this event will assist in renaissance, development and promotion of war history in Ukraine. It is also planned to issue an album, based on the materials of the conference, which will become an important source of information and an impetus for further researches. 

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AMCU orders largest oil traders to cut petrol prices

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News / 6 October 2011 | 13:30

AMCU orders largest oil traders to cut petrol prices

AMCU orders largest oil traders to cut petrol prices

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) has ordered that Lukoil Ukraine, Okko-naftoprodukt, Zolotiy Ekvator (WOG brand) and Alliance Holding (Shell brand) reduce the retail prices of petrol, diesel and liquefied gas, the AMCU said in a statement, UKRINFORM reported.

The Committee obliged the operators to set prices at a level that would exist under conditions of considerable competition on the market.

According to the AMCU, in September the filling stations operating under the brands of Lukoil, OKKO, WOG increased the price of petrol A-95 by 10-19 kopecks/liter making UAH 10.49-10.60/liter (USD 1 – UAH 7.97).

At the same time, as the Committee notes, in the world market crude oil prices, indicators of Platts and the euro tended to decrease, while the dollar rate against the hryvnia remained stable.

According to the AMCU, under these conditions, the price of petrol in the last decade of September should not have exceeded UAH 10.14-10.25/liter.

The report said that as of October 4, some of the listed companies reduced prices for petrol and LPG, but not to an appropriate level, and the cost of diesel fuel remained unchanged.

Moreover, prices for all types of fuel of these companies are 10-20 kopecks higher than that of the operators with small market shares.

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