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Klitschko Named WBC Fighter of 2011

Posted by the Editor on January 18, 2012


News / 18 January 2012 | 18:01

Klitschko Named WBC Fighter of 2011

Klitschko Named WBC Fighter of 2011

The World Boxing Council on Wednesday named Ukrainian heavyweight champion Vitaly Klitschko fighter of the year.

Klitschko, 40, defended his title twice last year, both by way of technical knockout.

He beat Odlanier Solis in March when the Cuban sustained a knee injury in the first round, then stopped Poland’s Tomasz Adamek in the tenth round in September to take his career record to 43 wins, 40 by knockout, and two defeats.

Klitschko, known as Dr. Ironfist, next puts his title on the line February 18 against British heavyweight Dereck Chisora in Munich, RIA Novosti reported.

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SBU official appointed Finance Minister

Posted by the Editor on January 18, 2012


News / 18 January 2012 | 17:32

SBU official appointed Finance Minister

SBU official appointed Finance Minister

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych decreed to dismiss Valery Khoroskovski from the post of the head of the Security Service of Ukraine and appoint him as Finance Minister, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

With another decree the President dismissed Fedir Yaroshenko from the post of Finance Minister following Yaroshenko’s voluntary resignation.

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Minister Boiko: Ukraine to draw private capital to substitute Russian gas for own coal

Posted by the Editor on January 18, 2012


News / 18 January 2012 | 17:04

Minister Boiko: Ukraine to draw private capital to substitute Russian gas for own coal

Minister Boiko: Ukraine to draw private capital to substitute Russian gas for own coal

Ukraine will attract private capital to substitute Russian gas with coal produced domestically, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Boiko told the press Wednesday, according to UKRINFORM.

“Private capital is already present in this sector, it is very profitable, considering the cost of gas,” Boiko said, noting that it would be a public-private partnership.

“We increased coal production, in 2011 we produced about 82 million tons of coal, almost 10% more than over the previous year. We have the ability to replace gas with coal, and we will do it in part. We will use new technology which has already been tested in Europe and in China. We have conducted preliminary surveys and negotiations and will use the so-called water-coal technology, which allows not having air emissions,” Boiko underscored.

At the same time, the minister said that Ukraine is ready to increase purchases of Russian gas, but at an affordable price. “I think that as soon as gas is cheaper, we will buy more,” Boiko noted.

He said that today the President’s position is that Ukraine will buy gas as much as necessary for the economy.

“We have voiced to our Russian partners the amounts and we will follow them,” the official assured.

A reminder that earlier Boiko had said that Ukraine plans to switch all coal thermal power stations to coal-based operation in order to save 6 billion cubic meters of gas a year.

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Deputy Prosecutor: Yushchenko’s poisoning was invented by his staff

Posted by the Editor on January 18, 2012


News / 18 January 2012 | 16:30

Deputy Prosecutor: Yushchenko's poisoning was invented by his staff

Deputy Prosecutor: Yushchenko’s poisoning was invented by his staff

MP David Zhvania told us that the scandal around poisoning former president Viktor Yushchenko in 2004 was an idea of Yushchenko’s election campaign staff, Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said in an interview with NBN.

“Zhvania testified that nobody poisoned Yushchenko, that there was no poisoning at all and that this entire story was invented by Yushchenko’s election campaign staff in order to win the election accusing then authorities of poisoning,” Kuzmin said.

“Zhvania also said that he was against this idea. He says, he tried to explain that this lie would be eventual revealed that it was too cynical to lie to the whole world. After that he was excluded from the staff,” the official added.

According to the Deputy prosecutor General, many witnesses state that Yushchenko was poisoned and believe in this, while the others assure it was a fraud. “That’s why we asked Yushchenko to take a blood test again,” Kuzmin said.

On September 5, 2004 Viktor Yushchenko, then candidate for presidency, met with Security Service authorities, after which he felt bad. On September 10 he was hospitalized to Vienna clinic for examination, which revealed that Yushchenko was poisoned by dioxin. Repeated examination in May 2006 confirmed the presence of dioxin in Yushchenko’s organism.  

In November 2009 the temporary investigative commission of the parliament declared the necessity to change the composition of the investigation group of prosecution and to hold new tests in order to prove the version of poisoning.

After his appointment on the post of Prosecutor General (November 2010) Viktor Pshonka repeatedly confirmed his intention to take additional test of Yushchenko’s blood in Ukrainian lab, but Viktor Yushchenko refused. The former President declared he would agree to take a blood test in the national lab only if the Prosecution had solid reasons.

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State officials to be fined for expensive presents

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News / 18 January 2012 | 15:49

State officials to be fined for expensive presents

State officials to be fined for expensive presents

For receiving expensive presents state officials face administrative responsibility and fines at the amount of 5-50 tax free minimal wages with confiscation of the given present, head of the department on fighting corruption Serhiy Yaremenko informed citing the law on “Prevention and counteraction of corruption.”

“Within three days the information on violation must be put into the single state register of persons, committed corruptive crimes. Such register is under construction,” the official added.

According to the law on “Prevention and counteraction of corruption”, state officials have a right to receive presents, which meet the concept of hospitality and whose cost does not exceed 50% of minimal wage.

Yaremenko specified that for receiving expensive presents, which can influence the decision of an official, the law provides for a fine at the amount of 5-50 tax free minimal wages with confiscation of the given present. In addition, a state department, in which such violator works, must dismiss this official immediately.

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President: Ukraine and Moldova have good prospects for developing their cooperation

Posted by the Editor on January 18, 2012


News / 18 January 2012 | 15:20

President: Ukraine and Moldova have good prospects for developing their cooperation

President: Ukraine and Moldova have good prospects for developing their cooperation

Ukraine and Moldova have good prospects for developing and intensifying their bilateral cooperation, President Viktor Yanukovych said at a meeting with President of Parliament, Acting President of Moldova Marian Lupu. “We now have a good opportunity to discuss our bilateral relations,” President Yanukovych said starting the conversation.

“I am convinced that we need to discuss the prospects of possible stirring up the work of our governments and our trade and economic relations, which we can surely expand,” Viktor Yanukovych said, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

The President also noted that the issue of settlement of the Transnistrian conflict and Ukraine’s participation in this process should not be omitted.

The Acting President of Moldova, in turn, noted that last year has been very productive in terms of the intensification of cooperation between Ukraine and Moldova. “We have succeeded in really bringing lift these relations to a new level based on the principles of good neighborliness and friendship. Many issues were resolved that had been frozen for a long time. We had enough wisdom, courage and responsibility to solve these issues,” he said.

Marian Lupu also drew attention to positive results of Ukrainian-Moldovan trade and economic cooperation. “Moldova attaches strategic importance to its relations with Ukraine, and we will do everything to maintain these relations at a high level,” the Acting President of Moldova said.

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Chief of General Staff: Ukraine sees non-aligned policy optimal, set to continue cooperation with NATO

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News / 18 January 2012 | 14:51

Chief of General Staff: Ukraine sees non-aligned policy optimal, set to continue cooperation with NATO

Chief of General Staff: Ukraine sees non-aligned policy optimal, set to continue cooperation with NATO

The policy of non-alignment is the optimal formula for Ukraine’s national interests, Chief of the General Staff/Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel-General Hryhoriy Pedchenko said at a meeting in Brussels with the newly appointed chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Knud Bartels, the Defense Ministry of Ukraine said in a statement Wednesday, UKRINFORM reported.

At the same time, Pedchenko assured that Ukraine will continue to comply with its international commitments and “develop constructive partnership with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on all matters of mutual interest”.

“Military cooperation with NATO will continue in the context of implementation of the three priority areas: improving the operational capabilities and interoperability, reforming and further professionalization of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, participating in crisis management operations under the auspices of the Alliance and the NATO Response Force,” the statement reads .

The Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces is participating in the meeting of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels.

On Wednesday, the official Ukrainian delegation will take part in meetings in the format of the ISAF non-NATO Contributing Nations and NATO’s Military Committee Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council format.

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One of criminal cases against Tymoshenko is closed

Posted by the Editor on January 18, 2012


News / 18 January 2012 | 14:11

One of criminal cases against Tymoshenko is closed

One of criminal cases against Tymoshenko is closed

A criminal case against Yulia Tymoshenko regarding the activity of United Energy Systems of Ukraine, in particular the cover up of currency earnings, has been closed, ForUm learned from the press office of the Security Service of Ukraine.

In connection with Tymoshenko’s stay in Kharkiv penal colony, the criminal case on cover up of currency earnings, tax evasion at the amount of 16 million hryvnias, illegal VAT refund at the amount of 25 million hryvnias, forge and attempted embezzlement of state means at the amount of 405.5 million dollars has been sent to the SBU investigation department of Kharkiv region.

SBU informed that in the course of investigation it was established that United Energy Systems of Ukraine introduced a financial scheme of covering up currency earnings and forged documents to simulate payment activity.

SBU press office reminded that in connection with the new legislation, in particular the law on decriminalization of economic crimes, which came into force January 17, the criminal responsibility for covering up currency earnings has been lifted, and this criminal case against Tymoshenko has been closed. 

Investigation into other episodes of Tymoshenko’s criminal activity continues.

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