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President: Implementation of Ukraine’s commitment to reduce strategic weapons enters final stage

Posted by the Editor on May 21, 2013


News / 21 May 2013 | 16:56

President: Implementation of Ukraine's commitment to reduce strategic weapons enters final stage

President: Implementation of Ukraine’s commitment to reduce strategic weapons enters final stage

Practical implementation of the interstate commitments assumed by Ukraine under the agreement on the reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms has entered its final stage.
This was stated by President Viktor Yanukovych during a launch of the installation for the disposal of empty shells of rocket engines on the basis of the state enterprise of the scientific and production association Pavlohrad Chemical Plant, Ukrinform reports.
“Thanks to the cooperation with our American partners, the industrial complex with a full cycle of processing propellant and rocket engine casing has been created at the Pavlohrad chemical plant.
 
Today, we can confidently say that the practical implementation of interstate commitments made by Ukraine under the agreement on the reduction and limitation of strategic arms has entered its final stage,” the head of state said.
According to him, it is symbolic that the removal and disposal of fuel and missile engine casing is now carried out at the Pavlohrad Chemical Plant, which in Soviet times produced fuel for such missiles.
The new plant will make it possible to eliminate by 2016 all the motor cases of the intercontinental ballistic missiles RS-22, made of a composite material. The waste to be generated in the course of disposal of rocket fuel will also be eliminated, and thus Ukraine will finally complete the disposed of propellant in accordance with its international obligations.
The total cost of the installation is 150 million UAH. Funds for this object were allocated by the U.S. on the basis of protocol decisions taken during the meeting of the presidents of Ukraine and the United States in 2010.
In the early 1990s, Ukraine pledged to eliminate in its territory all the intercontinental ballistic missiles RS-22. The Pavlohrad chemical plant was defined as the basic company to carry out the effort.

 

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FTA with Europe to allow Ukrainian exporters to save, expert says

Posted by the Editor on May 21, 2013


News / 21 May 2013 | 16:37

FTA with Europe to allow Ukrainian exporters to save, expert says

FTA with Europe to allow Ukrainian exporters to save, expert says

Free trade area with the EU will allow Ukrainian exporters to save 487 million EUR on reducing export duties, head of Economic and Trade Section of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Nicholas Burge told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to official, reduction of customs tariffs will have an important effect for the economy. “If the FTA works fully, 95% of import tariffs will be also nullified, and the remaining will be reduced. This will primarily reflect at Ukrainian agriculture and industry,” the expert said.
In turn, the Government plenipotentiary for European Integration Valeriy Pyatnitsky noted that position of Kyiv on revision of import duties rates (on 371 positions) within the WTO membership is unchanged, but it will not happen not all in one package, but separately in relevant industries. “All positions are grouped into several types, each group will be discussed separately. To do this, we need to agree with the countries, interested in one group or another,” Pyatnitsky noted.

He added that the negotiation process is interesting to everyone, including Brussels, which is interested to resolve this issue in the context of general Association Agreement.

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PR proposes to set up investigative commission first and then invite GPO, SBU heads

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News / 21 May 2013 | 16:20

PR proposes to set up investigative commission first and then invite GPO, SBU heads

PR proposes to set up investigative commission first and then invite GPO, SBU heads

Chairman of the Parliament Volodymyr Rybak decided to gather leaders of the parliamentary factions for talks, as the opposition demands to invite the heads of the General Prosecutor’s Office and the Security Service of Ukraine to Parliament, leader of the Party of Regions faction Oleksandr Yefremov told journalists, ForUm correspondent reports.

“We met the wants of the opposition on the hearing of interior minister today. He came, expressed his view on the raised issues. It must be said that opposition behaved improperly. And then they want to continue inviting officials,” he said.
The MP reminded that the Party of Regions faction proposed to set up a commission to investigate into the clashes, occurred on May 18 in Kyiv, and within the framework of its work to invite heads of the GPO and the SBU to the Parliament. “There are no problems with creation of the commission, we are ready to vote for its creation, if opposition gives its representatives. We have already nominated ours. However, for them it is easier to invite someone, engage in public relations actions, than to work and to understand what happened there,” he said.
 
Yefremov informed that meeting is to continue after a short break, as the leaders of the factions have not found a consensus yet.

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Prosecutor: Tymoshenko’s defense fears disclosure of evidence in UESU case

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News / 21 May 2013 | 16:06

Prosecutor: Tymoshenko's defense fears disclosure of evidence in UESU case

Prosecutor: Tymoshenko’s defense fears disclosure of evidence in UESU case

It seems that the defense of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is afraid of disclosure of evidence in the case of abuses at the corporation United Energy Systems of Ukraine, state prosecutor on the UESU case Maryna Kapinos told a press briefing after a meeting of the Kyivsky district court of Kharkiv.
“The defense uses fictions about some judicial decisions and demands that the district court close the case without considering it in fact, without disclosure of evidence in court. The impression is that the defense is afraid of the disclosure, as it could destroy the reputation of the accused,” Kapinos noted.
According to her, the defendant has again missed the meeting, referring to the decision of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, which had allegedly acknowledged her innocence. “But the court has never made such a decision. Moreover, no court has ever considered the case of the UESU corporation management,” Kapinos said, Ukrinform reported.
According to her, the possibility of considering the case on the merits was blocked by the defense back at the stage of pre-trial investigation and continues to be blocked by Tymoshenko during the trial.

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FFU to introduce liability for match-fixing

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News / 21 May 2013 | 16:05

FFU to introduce liability for match-fixing

FFU to introduce liability for match-fixing

The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) will seek the introduction of criminal liability for match-fixing and corruption in football, Ukrinform reports.
FFU First Vice President Serhiy Storozhenko said this at an international seminar “Transparency in Sport” in Kyiv on Tuesday.
“The federation will seek the introduction of criminal liability for corruption in football and even for attempts to organize match-fixing. This should concern players, referees, coaches, and club owners,” Storozhenko said.
He noted that two years ago, FFU experts prepared a bill introducing respective amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine, but it has not yet been submitted for consideration by parliament.
“Corruption destroys sport, and the situation is alarming,” Storozhenko said.
He also stressed the need to enhance cooperation with law enforcement agencies in the fight against these crimes and said that the FFU was initiating the inclusion of a provision about intolerance to corruption in the contracts of young players.

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FM recommends Ukrainians not to travel to Pakistan

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News / 21 May 2013 | 15:49

FM recommends Ukrainians not to travel to Pakistan

FM recommends Ukrainians not to travel to Pakistan

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine recommends Ukrainian citizens to refrain from travels to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan due to worsening security situation in the country and growing threat of terrorist attacks, acting director of the Foreign Ministry information policy department Yevhen Perebyinis told a briefing.

“Citizens of Ukraine, who are already in Pakistan, should refrain from visiting crowded and popular places,” he noted.

Perebyinis reminded that currently remain valid recommendations of the Foreign Ministry to Ukrainian citizens not to travel to certain towns in Egypt (Cairo, Alexandria, Asyut, Islamiya, Taba, Port Said, Suez, Sohag, Beni Suef, Minya, Qena, Fayum, as well as the North Sinai region), Libya, Iraq, Syria, Eritrea, Algeria, Central African Republic, Mali, Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Guinea.

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Holubchenko appointed as first deputy chairman of Kyiv City State Administration

Posted by the Editor on May 21, 2013


News / 21 May 2013 | 15:33

Holubchenko appointed as first deputy chairman of Kyiv City State Administration

Holubchenko appointed as first deputy chairman of Kyiv City State Administration

Anatoly Holubchenko has been appointed as first deputy head of the Kyiv City State Administration. The corresponding decree was signed by secretary of the Kyiv City Council Halyna Hereha after agreeing of the candidacy by the President and the Cabinet of Ministers, the press service of the Kyiv City State Administration reports.
However, Holubchenko was fired from the post of deputy chairman of the Kyiv City State Administration.

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Centennial chestnut operated in Kyiv

Posted by the Editor on May 21, 2013


News / 21 May 2013 | 15:19

Centennial chestnut operated in Kyiv

Centennial chestnut operated in Kyiv

This morning the specialists of the Kyiv Ecological and Cultural Center operated a centennial chestnut, which grows at the intersection of the Khmelnytsky Street and the Tereschenkivska Street, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to director of the Kyiv Ecological and Cultural Center Volodymyr Boreyko, the problem of old tree is too heavy trunks (about a ton), which disperse in different directions and may eventually break it.
 

Experts tied the trunk of chestnut with tight capron rope and poured oil paint in a crack. After a while, it will be plastered.

According Boreyko, after this procedure the chestnut will live another 200-300 years.

“Without the operation, this chestnut would not live up to the first thunderstorm and would break into two parts. This is a very big problem for older trees,” Boreyko said.
 

The chestnut is a natural monument of local importance, which is protected by law. It is the third ancient tree in the capital.

In total, according to Boreyko, about 70 trees in Kyiv need treatment.

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