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2 thousand militaries to guard Ukrainian sky on New Year night

Posted by the Editor on December 30, 2011


News / 30 December 2011 | 17:50

2 thousand militaries to guard Ukrainian sky on New Year night

2 thousand militaries to guard Ukrainian sky on New Year night

On New Year night the airspace of Ukraine will guarded by 2 thousand 200 militaries, press office of the Defense Ministry reported.

In particular, militaries of the Air Forces of Ukraine will carry out the night watch from control centers and the management of the forces on duty will be carried out from the principle control center of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, located in Vinnitsa. In addition, about 400 units of armament and military equipment will be activated for the night watch.

Acting head of the Air Forces of Ukraine Lieutenant General Vasyl Nikiforov informed that the night watch will be carried out in a regular combat mode, and the forces will work in cooperation with their colleagues from neighboring countries.

According to the Lieutenant General, the Air Forces will focus on counteraction to possible air terrorism and will observe the order of use of airspace of the country.

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Azarov: We tell the truth, but they don’t believe us

Posted by the Editor on December 30, 2011


News / 30 December 2011 | 17:10

Azarov: We tell the truth, but they don't believe us

Azarov: We tell the truth, but they don’t believe us

In 2012 the government of Ukraine will continue the dialogue with the society, PM Mykola Azarov said congratulating the Cabinet’s staff on New Year and Christmas holidays, ForUm learned from the Cabinet’s press office.

“2012 is the year when we must continue the dialogue with people and to explain the policy being carried out by the government,” Azarov said.

According to the Premier, it is very important to restore people’s trust in authorities’ activity. “We really need to restore people’s trust in the authorities, as it turns out that we tell the truth, but they don’t believe us,” Azarov noted adding the officials must prove they can be trusted.

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Ukraine-Brazil agreement on visa-free regime comes into force

Posted by the Editor on December 30, 2011


News / 30 December 2011 | 16:41

Ukraine-Brazil agreement on visa-free regime comes into force

Ukraine-Brazil agreement on visa-free regime comes into force

An agreement between the governments of Ukraine and Brazil on the partial cancellation of the visa regime comes into force on December 30.

Citizens of Ukraine and Brazil can now travel for tourism and business purposes without visas for a period not exceeding 90 days within six months from the date of first entry.

The agreement was signed in Kyiv on December 2, 2009 during former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s visit to Ukraine, UKRINFORM reports.

As reported, Ukraine also signed agreements on the visa-free regime with Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Israel, India, Serbia and some other countries.

In addition, the country signed agreements on the simplification of the visa regime with Bulgaria, Norway and Turkey.

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Kharkiv penal colony confirms arrival of Tymoshenko

Posted by the Editor on December 30, 2011


News / 30 December 2011 | 16:05

Kharkiv penal colony confirms arrival of Tymoshenko

Kharkiv penal colony confirms arrival of Tymoshenko

Head of the Kachanivska penal colony Ivan Pervushkin has confirmed that Yulia Tymoshenko has arrived in the colony.

“Yulia Volodymyrivna [Tymoshenko] arrived half an hour ago in accordance with the order issued by the State Penitentiary Service. She is currently in a temporary detention facility,” he told reporters on Friday.

Pervushkin also said that they did not make any preparations for Tymoshenko’s arrival in advance. In response to the question about her health, Tymoshenko told Pervushkin she was tired after transportation.

The head of the colony also informed that Tymoshenko was offered to undergo medical examination in the colony.

Speaking about conditions of Tymoshenko’s confinement Pervushkin said that the total area of the cell is 37.5 square meters with 31 sq m of living part. The cell has separate bathroom unit with toilet, bidet, wash basin and shower stall. The cell is settled for seven people, but for the moment there are only two women in it – Tymoshenko and another detainee.

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Cabinet welcomes Putin’s decision on speeding up gas talks

Posted by the Editor on December 30, 2011


News / 30 December 2011 | 15:37

Cabinet welcomes Putin's decision on speeding up gas talks

Cabinet welcomes Putin’s decision on speeding up gas talks

Ukraine welcomes Russia’s decision to speed up the process of gas price negotiations, PM’s press secretary Vitaly Lukianenko declared.

“Talks will proceed as planned, but if the Russian side wants to speed up the process Ukraine welcomes the decision,” Lukianenko said.

He also informed that Ukraine welcomes the statement by Russian PM Vladimir Putin on that Ukrainian gas transportation system will be in demand amid rising gas consumption in Europe.

Lukianenko reminded that Ukraine stands for formation of three-sided consortium on managing Ukrainian gas transportation system with participation of Russian suppliers, Ukrainian transit route and European consumers.

As a reminder, Putin told Miller the talks to form the consortium should be continued as gas supplies through the Ukrainian gas transportation system will be in demand amid rising gas consumption in Europe.

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Poll: 71.5% of Ukrainians to listen to president’s New Year greetings

Posted by the Editor on December 30, 2011


News / 30 December 2011 | 15:10

Poll: 71.5% of Ukrainians to listen to president's New Year greetings

Poll: 71.5% of Ukrainians to listen to president’s New Year greetings

According to a survey conducted by the Razumkov Center, 71.5% of Ukrainian citizens are planning to listen to the Ukrainian president’s New Year greetings, in particular, 63.9% in the country’s central regions, 71.6% in the west, 75.6% in the east, and 79.3% in the south, UKRINFORM reports.

In addition, according to the poll, 38.1% are also planning to listen to New Year greetings from the Russian president, in particular, 11% in the western regions, 29.3% in the center, 53.9% in the east, and 58% in the south.

It is interesting that 73.4% of those polled are planning to celebrate the New Year only Kyiv time, 22.9% – both Kyiv and Moscow time, 0.9% – only Moscow time, and 0.6% – another time.

In addition, 76% of Ukrainians are planning to celebrate the New Year holiday at home (64.6% – because they think it’s a family holiday, and 11.4% – because they have no money for another holiday), 15.7% – at a party, 2,1 % – at a restaurant or bar, 0.4% – abroad, 0.4% – at a tourist base in Ukraine, 0.9% – at work, and 0.8% – in other places.

The study was conducted from December 9 to December 16, 2011. A total of 2,008 respondents aged over 18 from all Ukrainian regions, Kyiv and Crimea were interviewed.

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Cabinet abandons paper passing to electronic documentation

Posted by the Editor on December 30, 2011


News / 30 December 2011 | 14:41

Cabinet abandons paper passing to electronic documentation

Cabinet abandons paper passing to electronic documentation

Within the nearest future the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine will pass solely to electronic circulation of documents, press office of the State agency on science, innovation and information reports.

“From January 1, 2012 the State agency on science, innovation and information together with the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine will carry out experimental running of the system. During the first quarter the letters, orders, decrees and other documents of the Cabinet’s authorities, which do not contain classified information, will be distributed both in paper and electronic form, and from April 1, 2012 solely through electronic system,” the statement reads.   

The press office also underlines that passing to electronic documentation will increase effectiveness of management and will speed up the exchange and processing of documents.

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Ukraine values its gas transport system at $20 b and asks for a $9 billion annual gas discount – Gazprom CEO

Posted by the Editor on December 30, 2011


News / 30 December 2011 | 14:08

Ukraine values its gas transport system at $20 b and asks for a $9 billion annual gas discount - Gazprom CEO

Ukraine values its gas transport system at $20 b and asks for a $9 billion annual gas discount – Gazprom CEO

Kiev asks for a $9 billion annual gas discount to reach agreement with Moscow on operating the Ukrainian gas transportation system, Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said on Friday.

“Our Ukrainian counterparts raised a question about a discount for gas prices during the talks. If we count for a volume of 40 billion cubic meters, the volume which Ukraine has to buy as part of the terms of the current contract, the discount may be about $9 billion annually,” Miller told the country’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, according to RIA Novosti.

Miller also said that Ukraine estimated the value of its gas transportation system at $20 billion. “Our Ukrainian friends mentioned that they value their gas transportation system at $20 billion. It is a big sum taking into account that we will have to spend large amounts on its modernization,” Gazprom CEO said, adding that the upgrade might cost from two to eight billion euros.

Putin told Miller the talks to form the consortium should be continued as gas supplies through the Ukrainian gas transportation system will be in demand amid rising gas consumption in Europe.

To diversify Russian gas routes away from transit countries such as Ukraine, Moscow initiated the South Stream gas pipeline project. Russia plans to launch the South Stream pipeline, intended to carry Russian natural gas to Europe along the Black Sea bed, in 2015. The pipeline will transport up to 63 billion cubic meters of gas to central and southern Europe.

Putin also ordered that the pace of construction of the pipeline be picked up and the start of the underwater part of the works by the end of 2012, not in 2013 as it was previously planned.

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