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Ukraine to have hot weather at weekends

Posted by the Editor on May 10, 2013


News / 10 May 2013 | 13:30

Ukraine to have hot weather at weekends

Ukraine to have hot weather at weekends

In the coming days, the weather will be dry and warm in Ukraine, precipitations are not expected, the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center reports.
The night temperature will be +10-16C, in the eastern regions – +4-9C, during the day – +25-30C, in the Carpathians and Crimean mountains – +18-23C.
Kyiv will have no precipitations. The night temperature will be +13-15C and +28-30C during the day.
According to the Central Geophysical Observatory, on May 11, the highest temperature in Kyiv was +29.5C in 1924 and the lowest +0.6C in 1946.
On May 12, the weather in Kyiv will remain dry and hot with temperatures of +14-16C at night and +28-30C during the day. 

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West is not objective towards Party of Regions, Kozhara believes

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News / 10 May 2013 | 12:55

West is not objective towards Party of Regions, Kozhara believes

West is not objective towards Party of Regions, Kozhara believes

Foreign minister of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara complained about the fact that the West is not objective towards the Party of Regions, he stated during the U.S. Helsinki Commission hearing in Washington on Wednesday.
“Our problem, problem of the ruling party is that we did not support the Orange Revolution in 2004. Logic and tradition of political struggle in Ukraine showed that my party was on the other side of the barricades. But it does not mean that we do not advocate for progress, reform and European integration. I am sure that if the party of Yulia Tymoshenko had been in power today, the West would have forgiven it a lot,” the minister noted.
According to him, after the victory of the Orange Revolution, many of its fellow party members went to prison, and even he suffered, when he was fired for political reasons.

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Fule: There will be no postponements for Ukraine

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News / 10 May 2013 | 12:28

Fule: There will be no postponements for Ukraine

Fule: There will be no postponements for Ukraine

European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule has stated that Ukraine has made some progress on the way towards European integration, however Kyiv would not receive any postponements in the issue of fulfilling necessary requirements, he said in an interview with Radio Svoboda.
“First of all, we have never postponed the deadline for Kyiv. Foreign ministers of the EU countries in December clearly stated that they would be ready to sign the association agreement at a summit in Vilnius in November. However, they specified three sectors, in which they expect decisions from Ukraine through consistent and obvious efforts,” he noted, specifying problem points, in particular selective justice, the program of reforms and flawed electoral laws, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
He also emphasized the progress of Ukraine with the release of some former officials.
“We see some progress the Ukrainian side made in all the three sectors, including politically motivated proceedings. The release of Lutsenko and Fylypchuk (ex-interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko and former environment minister Heorhiy Fylypchuk) is a step in the right direction. However, much is to be done, including the guarantee that this phenomenon won’t happen again,” Fule summed up.

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Opposition leaders brought to trial for Verkhovna Rada blocking

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News / 10 May 2013 | 11:50

Opposition leaders brought to trial for Verkhovna Rada blocking

Opposition leaders brought to trial for Verkhovna Rada blocking

Today, a hearing on the claim of citizen Vira Ivanova to the leaders of three opposition factions will be held in the Holosiyivsky district court of Kyiv, Radio Svoboda reports.
Ivanova demands to recognize the actions of Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Vitali Klitschko and Oleh Tyahnybok regarding blocking the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada as illegal.
A preliminary hearing should have been held on April 11, but it was postponed at the request of the plaintiff.
Lawyers of the opposition leaders filed a petition to close the case because, in their opinion, the actions of the deputies were a form of public protest, and because the fact that the powers of the district court do not provide for consideration of such cases.

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U.S. urges Russia not to sell weapons to Syria

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News / 10 May 2013 | 11:19

U.S. urges Russia not to sell weapons to Syria

U.S. urges Russia not to sell weapons to Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Russia not to sell an advanced air defense system to Syria, saying such a move would be “destabilizing” for the security of Israel, a key U.S. ally.
 
Kerry made the comment in Rome Thursday, after the Wall Street Journal reported that Israel has alerted the United States to an impending Russian sale of S-300 missile batteries to Syria, a longtime ally of Moscow.
 
The top U.S. diplomat said Washington “would prefer” that Moscow does not supply such assistance to Damascus.
 
Israel officials told Western news agencies that they also have asked Russia to cancel the transfer of the missiles, which would boost Syria’s ability to defend against any aerial strikes by Israel or its Western allies.
 
The Wall Street Journal says Israel believes Syria has begun paying Russia for the S-300 batteries and could receive the first delivery within three months.
 
Russia had no immediate comment on the report.
 
Syria has blamed Israel for a series of air strikes that hit the Damascus region last week. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility.
 
But Israeli officials have said any military action is aimed at preventing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from transferring Iranian-made weapons to Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which has called for Israel’s destruction.

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More than 1.5 million Ukrainians took part in celebration of Victory Day

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News / 10 May 2013 | 10:47

More than 1.5 million Ukrainians took part in celebration of Victory Day

More than 1.5 million Ukrainians took part in celebration of Victory Day

In Ukraine, the celebration of Victory Day was attended by over 1.6 million people. The celebration went without serious violations of order.
According to the press service of the Internal Ministry of Ukraine, yesterday, over 6000 events dedicated to the Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War were held in more than four thousand settlements in all regions of the state.
The most crowded events took place on the territory of the Khmelnytsk (over 140 thousand people), Kharkiv (over 121 thousand) and Vinnytsia (about 120 thousand) regions.
25 thousand police officers and soldiers of internal troops of the Interior Ministry provided maintenance of public order in the state.

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Kozhara about Tymoshenko: No one is happy that beautiful lady stays in prison

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News / 10 May 2013 | 10:18

Kozhara about Tymoshenko: No one is happy that beautiful lady stays in prison

Kozhara about Tymoshenko: No one is happy that beautiful lady stays in prison

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych can not interfere in the case of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, because it would violate the law, foreign minister of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara stated during the U.S. Helsinki Commission hearing in Washington on Wednesday.
Kozhara said that Ukraine is committed to the European integration and confidently follows the way of reforms.
He said that the possibility of releasing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko should be considered solely in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation, Ukrinform reported.
Kozhara expressed Ukraine’s wish that this issue be resolved soon, adding, at the same time, that it is imperative that everything associated with Tymoshenko should be done in full accordance with Ukrainian legislation. He said statements about the so-called “selective justice” in Ukraine are often made in the West, but if Tymoshenko is released bypassing the law, this will cause a severe blow to the Ukrainian justice system.
At the same time, he acknowledged that the Tymoshenko case is a problem for Ukraine’s relations with the European Union.
The minister said that no one is happy with Tymoshenko’s staying in custody. At the same time, he stressed that millions of the Ukrainians believe that her conviction was legitimate. Kozhara reminded of the annual losses of the Ukrainian economy, to more than six billion dollars, from the gas contract signed by the former Prime Minister. 
Asked about the possibility of releasing Tymoshenko given her complaints about health, Kozhara limited himself to quoting the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, promulgated on April 30.
As reported, the ECHR rejected the appeals of the former Prime Minister about the conditions of her detention and the denial of medical care to her at an appropriate level.

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