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President: Systemic reform of criminal procedure legislation brings our country closer to European standards

Posted by the Editor on October 17, 2011


News / 17 October 2011 | 18:08

President: Systemic reform of criminal procedure legislation brings our country closer to European standards

President: Systemic reform of criminal procedure legislation brings our country closer to European standards

Systemic reform of the criminal procedure legislation that is going on in Ukraine brings our country closer to European standards, President Yanukovych said in an interview to Euronews today.

“We are doing it the context of European integration, but we are doing it for ourselves. We understand that the standards need to be changed,” he said.

Among other topics brought up during the interview were European integration of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko’s case, etc.

The Interview will be aired by Euronews at 20:00 on Tuesday, October 18.

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Lviv military university missing arsenal of weapons

Posted by the Editor on October 17, 2011


News / 17 October 2011 | 17:41

Lviv military university missing arsenal of weapons

Lviv military university missing arsenal of weapons

Shortage of weapon has been revealed in the Lviv University of internal affairs, Interior Ministry press office informed.

“During the inspection of weapons depot in the Lviv state university of internal affairs a shortage of weapon was detected, including guns, rifles, automatic guns and samples of training weapon,” the statement says.

The ministry did not specify a number of weapon missing, but said that an emergency control group was formed to investigate the situation.

“The group urgently left for the university to hold inspection. October 20 the interior Ministry will hold a briefing on this issue,” the press office informed.

The ministry also reminded that facts of disappearance of weapon were also detected in a Kharkiv department of Interior Ministry. Minister Anatoly Mohyliov ordered to hold inspections in all territorial departments and educational institutions of the Interior Ministry system.  

“Such total inspections have not been held for the last 10 years. We will check 32 places of weapon storage, including regional departments of the ministry, educational institutions and weapons depots,” the statement says.

According to Our Ukraine faction deputy Gennady Moskal, Lviv University is missing 120 Makarov guns, two Kalashnikovs and one machine-gun.

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Ukraine might ‘get lucky’ in gas talks with Moscow

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News / 17 October 2011 | 17:23

Ukraine might 'get lucky' in gas talks with Moscow

Ukraine might ‘get lucky’ in gas talks with Moscow

President of the Russian gas society, vice speaker of Russian parliament Valeriy Yazev believes Ukraine might get lucky in gas talks with Russia.

“If Ukraine does not agree with the contract, let it appeal to Gazprom and hold negotiations. If Ukraine achieves some discounts, well it got lucky, and the Russian side will observe new agreement. If Ukraine does not have luck, we will demand observation of the existing contract,” Yazev said.

He also noted that Yulia Tymoshenko’s conviction is an internal matter of Ukraine, and even if Russia and EU expressed their opinion, it cannot be an argument in the gas price issue.

“My position is unchanged: we have a contract till 2019, which must be observed both by Gazprom and Naftogaz,” the official said.

At the same time he noted that the contract is not being followed in full. In particular, the Russian side does not release penalties for undertaken gas, according to the contract.

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Medvedev, Yanukovych to attend Russia-Ukraine forum October 18

Posted by the Editor on October 17, 2011


News / 17 October 2011 | 17:00

Medvedev, Yanukovych to attend Russia-Ukraine forum October 18

Medvedev, Yanukovych to attend Russia-Ukraine forum October 18

The Russian and Ukrainian presidents will meet in Ukraine’s Donetsk on Tuesday for an annual regional forum, where they might continue discussing disputed energy issues, a Kremlin aide said on Monday, RIA Novosti reported.

Apart from the sensitive issues of energy and the Customs Union, Dmitry Medvedev and Viktor Yanukovych and their delegations will highlight border interaction, joint research and technology, industrial ties, transport and the environment, Kremlin Aide Sergei Prikhodko said.

Energy

“I think discussions on energy will also resume,” he said.

Energy cooperation between Russia and Ukraine has been marred by a series of spats over supplies, prices and debts. Energy-rich Russia exports 80% of its natural gas to Europe via Ukrainian pipelines.

Customs Union, EU

Prikhodko said Russia might also share some information about the Customs Union project with Ukraine if the latter showed interest. He added that the project’s future would affect the bilateral relations.

Russia has been trying to get Ukraine to join the Customs Union, which Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia formed earlier this year. Moscow has made Ukraine’s membership a precondition for gas price discounts.

Ukraine is willing to integrate with Europe and form a free trade area with the EU. Russia is concerned Ukraine’s plans could threaten its markets.

Tymoshenko

The Kremlin aide also said the case of jailed former Ukrainian premier, Yulia Tymoshenko, would not be under discussion.

“Tymoshenko’s case is not on the agenda,” he said, adding that Russia planned to focus on positive elements and on pressing regional issues.

Tymoshenko, 50, was jailed for seven years last Tuesday for exceeding her powers in signing a gas deal with Russia in 2009. Two days later a new case was opened against her in connection with a debt she owed the Russian Defense Ministry.

Other issues

Prikhodko said a political dialogue, preparations for the summit of former Soviet republics in Moscow in December, a planned session of the Russia-Ukraine interstate commission, investment, humanitarian and high-tech cooperation will also be on the agenda at the Medvedev-Yanukovych meeting.

After the narrow format talks, the two presidents will attend a plenary session of the forum to be followed by a joint news conference and a visit to an exhibition devoted to regional and border cooperation.

The Kremlin press service said trade between Russian and Ukrainian regions had dramatically increased in the past few years. Nineteen Russian regions share 90% of this trade worth $3.2 billion.

The forum in Donetsk is expected to produce a series of agreements but no commercial deals are in plan, Prikhodko said.

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Trade unions respond to President with rally against poverty

Posted by the Editor on October 17, 2011


News / 17 October 2011 | 16:30

Trade unions respond to President with rally against poverty

Trade unions respond to President with rally against poverty

Trade unions have held a rally of protest against poverty in Kyiv Monday. The rally, organized by the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, involved about 1.5 thousand people. They represented companies from different regions of Ukraine.

In its resolution adopted at the meeting, the Federation demanded that the power prohibit interference in union activities and ensure social rights of all working people, UKRINFORM reports.

Specifically, union representatives demanded that President Viktor Yanukovych fulfill his campaign commitment to overcome poverty and introduce in Ukraine the European standards of living, and the Parliament establish minimum wages and pensions that would meet the real cost of living.

The unions threatened with massive protests in the event of negligence of their claims, while the protesters marched to the buildings of the Cabinet of Ministers, Parliament and Presidential Administration.

As reported, President Viktor Yanukovych reported in his today’s address on the occasion of the international day against poverty about the reduction by 2.3% in 2010 in the number of citizens living below the poverty line, and said that the country in this respect has made a significant progress.

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Expert poll: Regions should have more independency in social and economic decisions

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News / 17 October 2011 | 16:00

Expert poll: Regions should have more independency in social and economic decisions

Expert poll: Regions should have more independency in social and economic decisions

October 15 Alushta (Crimea) held a roundtable on “20 years of independence of Ukraine: expert poll of Southern regions of Ukraine.” In the course of the roundtable the head of the Center of regional research and strategy Andriy Hudenko presented the results of an expert social poll dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.

Hence, 84% of respondents believe that every region should control and run the major part of the income and to send the smaller part to the central authorities.

70% of respondents believe that territorial communities should have more independency in deciding social and economic problems.

The majority of experts also believe that 20 and 10 years ago Ukraine had more opportunities for modernization than it has now.

As for the trust in government institutions, the situation is quite interesting. According to the result, the Church enjoys the biggest authority (index +36), while courts and tax bodies have very little stroke with the public, index -62 and -47 respectively.

Regarding the reforms, 30.9% of experts support the reforms in general, but believe that the way the reforms are being carried out is wrong. 16% believe that the reforms are going in a wrong direction, and 21% of respondents believe the reforms are not being carried out at all. Only 28.4% of respondents support the reforms in full.

The expert poll was held in Septembe in Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa regions and Crimea. 80 experts among officials, deputies and local council, political scientists and public figures were questioned.

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Yerfemov: Opposition does not bring in any constructive propositions on decriminalization

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News / 17 October 2011 | 15:30

Yerfemov: Opposition does not bring in any constructive propositions on decriminalization

Yerfemov: Opposition does not bring in any constructive propositions on decriminalization

Leader of the faction of the Party of Regions Oleksandr Yefremov states that the opposition does not present any constructive propositions regarding decriminalization of economic crimes.

He said this in response to ForUm’s questions whether the parliamentary majority manages to come to an agreement with the opposition on the given issue.

“The President submitted for consideration the draft bill on humanization of the Criminal Code, but our colleagues from the opposition do not present any concrete amendments. They are just looking for some end runs. But the matter is either they present some serious propositions and we consider them and decide, or they say they don’t have any and we adopt the president’s draft bill as it is,” Yefremov said.

The PR faction leader stated that first the opposition proposed to liquidate the article 365 (Tymoshenko’s case – ed.), but later they accused the authorities of an attempt to indemnify against criminal liability.

At the same time Yefremov noted that this article cannot be decriminalized, because the society will consider it a political decision for politicians to avoid any responsibility.

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Experts: Under president Putin Russia will not change its attitude towards Ukraine

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News / 17 October 2011 | 15:00

Experts: Under president Putin Russia will not change its attitude towards Ukraine

Experts: Under president Putin Russia will not change its attitude towards Ukraine

If Vladimir Putin becomes the president of the Russian Federation, Russia’s attitude towards Ukraine will not change significantly, Ukrainian experts declared in the course of video bridge “Moscow-Kyiv”.

In particular, the head of the ‘Penta’ political research center Volodymyr Fesenko reminded that current decisions on Ukraine were made by president Medvedev and premier Putin together. “And Putin dominates in this tandem,” the expert underlined.

Independent expert on energy questions Valentin Zamlianski supports the opinion of Fesenko, saying that there were attempts to play on their (Putin, Medvedev – ed.) contradictions, but they all failed.  “I don’t think there will be significant changes,” he said and added that during Putin presidency Russia was making trade war with Ukraine.

As a reminder, September 24 Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev declared his readiness to work in the parliament, and current Premier Vladimir Putin will become a candidate for president’s chair.

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