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Ukrainian Railroads maintain infrastructure in proper condition

Posted by the Editor on December 10, 2013


News / 10 December 2013 | 16:58

Ukrainian Railroads maintain infrastructure in proper condition

Ukrainian Railroads maintain infrastructure in proper condition

Ukrainian Railroads Ukrzaliznitsia (UZ) maintains proper technical state of the rail infrastructure to ensure safety and performance of trains, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
UZ has planned repair and upgrading of over 1,100 km of train tracks in 2014. 440 km of railroad bed will undergo major repair, 350 km – medium repair, and 440 km of tracks will be upgraded.
To date, UZ has implemented and successfully applied cost-effective and efficient track repair technologies. Track repair activities will be carried out with new track structure members, using high-performance track equipment, which greatly improves the quality and reliability of works.
The important thing to note is that UZ carries out all repair works at its own expense, without any assistance from the state budget. Thus, UZ spent over 3 billion UAH in 2013 to purchase materials for railroad bed repair. It should be emphasized that almost all of the purchased materials are domestic production. According to experts, the required annual funding for the purchase of repair materials is about 8-9 billion UAH. And the total cost of the required scope of work to repair the track superstructure is 6.2 billion UAH annually. Further financing in sufficient amounts is essential to maintain the trains speed and perform all repairs on time. Thus, the estimated construction cost of 1 km track is 10 million UAH. And to meet the frequency of maintenance and to increase roach capacity, about 800 km of tracks should be upgraded annually. Also 1,000 track switches should be replaced each year, and 1,200 km of lines require major repair.
Maintenance of infrastructure also requires significant investments. Along with switches, roadbed, bridges and tunnels require annual repair as well. In addition, there is a need to renew the maintenance vehicles park to perform routine repairs and diagnostics of railroad lines. Thus, maintenance of infrastructure in general requires about 470 million UAH annually.

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AA may be signed March 2014, Kravchuk says

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News / 10 December 2013 | 16:45

AA may be signed March 2014, Kravchuk says

AA may be signed March 2014, Kravchuk says

Ukraine has agreed with the European Union on conditions, under which signing of the Association Agreement will not infringe interests of the national economy, first president of independent Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk said during the nationwide round table, ForUm correspondent reports. 
“Ukrainian delegation leaves for Brussels. It will address issues related to the economic part of the Agreement. There are arrangements with the EU to implement the steps that would allow Ukraine to sign the Agreement without infringing its interests,” he said.
According to Kravchuk, the Association Agreement with the EU may be signed in March 2014. “If the EU, in particular the European Commission, fulfils all the intentions and promises and the commission begins work immediately, the agreement will be signed in March next year,” he said.

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Nationwide roundtable to be held tomorrow at 2 pm

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News / 10 December 2013 | 16:38

Nationwide roundtable to be held tomorrow at 2 pm

Nationwide roundtable to be held tomorrow at 2 pm

Round table on discussion of proposals from the public regarding the restoration of political stability in Ukraine will continue its work on December 11 at 2 pm.
As ForUm correspondent reports, the decision was made at today’s meeting.
In particular, previously it was suggested gathering at 11 am, but the head of the Party of Regions faction Oleksandr Yefremov reminded that the Cabinet’s meeting is scheduled for 10 am tomorrow, so the ministers would not be able to attend the meeting. So it was decided to hold a meeting at 2 pm in the national palace “Ukraine”.

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Government approves IT development strategy

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News / 10 December 2013 | 16:24

Government approves IT development strategy

Government approves IT development strategy

The government adopted a Strategy for development of IT industry 2014. The resolution was passed at the Cabinet meeting, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
According to the approved Strategy, the main activities of the government will be aimed to increase the state orders for IT expert training at universities, as, by 2018, over 50,000 of skilled IT professionals will be required to support current pace of computer industry development.
Also, it is necessary to preserve and improve the quality of computer education, which let Ukraine (1.8 billion USD) enter the four world leaders in terms of software exports, after India (34 billion USD), China (28 billion USD), and Russia (2.7 billion USD). The IT exports in 2013 are up 1 billion USD year-on-year, note the government analysts.
It must be noted that Prime Minister Mikola Azarov took IT sector under his personal control. He is sure that development of IT industry, as innovative sector of economy with high added value, will ensure growth of Ukrainian GDP in the shortest possible time.
Azarov approved the Strategy for Development of Software Industry and predicted on the basis of current growth rates that, by 2015, exports of domestic IT goods, services, and computer technology will reach 8 billion USD.
This forecast is also supported by Microsoft experts, who forecast that, in 3 years, IT sector will account for 8% of Ukrainian GDP (currently, under 3%).
According to government experts, structural development of computer education and benefits for IT industry (reduced taxes, VAT exemption, 5% income tax for IT companies) will create the most favorable conditions for IT sector in the Eastern Europe, which produces 20% of the total software in the world.

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Yanukovych asks Prosecutor General to release detained protesters

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News / 10 December 2013 | 16:16

Yanukovych asks Prosecutor General to release detained protesters

Yanukovych asks Prosecutor General to release detained protesters

President Viktor Yanukovych asked Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka to find a way to release protesters, who were arrested after the events on December 1 in Bankova Street. 
“Yesterday evening I had another conversation with the Prosecutor General on course of investigation. I asked him to find a way … and release the people who did not commit gross violations. I think that today, this issue will be resolved,” he said during the meeting with the former presidents of Ukraine.
The President noted that while it is difficult to say how many people will be freed, but all mitigating circumstances will be taken into account.
In addition, he urged the protesters to unblock roads and administrative buildings.

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Kravchuk: Yanukovych will help release detained protesters

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News / 10 December 2013 | 16:10

Kravchuk: Yanukovych will help release detained protesters

Kravchuk: Yanukovych will help release detained protesters

Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk has said that the incumbent President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych is ready to facilitate the release of people detained during rallies in Kyiv, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“The president of Ukraine, without interfering with the work of judges, will settle the issue so that the people who are currently in custody are freed,” Kravchuk said at an all-national roundtable meeting in Kyiv on Tuesday
According to him, this does not mean that investigations against these people will be stopped.

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Round table, involving authorities, opposition to be held tomorrow

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News / 10 December 2013 | 15:57

Round table, involving authorities, opposition to be held tomorrow

Round table, involving authorities, opposition to be held tomorrow

The “round table” on restoration of political stability in Ukraine with the participation of the opposition and the authorities is to be held tomorrow at 11:00 am, former president of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk announced, ForUm correspondent reports.
During his speech, Kravchuk said that tomorrow’s meeting of the “round table” would be attended by all three former presidents of Ukraine.
“Today, the “round table” could not take place because there are no participants.” Kravchuk said. He explained that participants of the “round table” learned too late that it was scheduled for today. Kravchuk said that the government, the opposition, and the public prepare to meet tomorrow. That’s why the roundtable will be held tomorrow at 11.00. However, he did not specify place of holding.

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Ukraine’s chairmanship in the OSCE completed successfully

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News / 10 December 2013 | 15:45

Ukraine's chairmanship in the OSCE completed successfully

Ukraine’s chairmanship in the OSCE completed successfully

20th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which became the last one in Ukraine’s chairmanship in this organization, ended in Kiev on December 6. The event was attended by 30 heads of foreign ministers of the OSCE participating states, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
The Chairman of the OSCE, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara said in his speech that the current Congress of the Council of Ministers is held “against the background of peaceful public demonstrations in Kiev, which confirms Ukraine’s observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association.”
Analyzing the results of Ukraine’s chairmanship in the OSCE, Leonid Kozhara noted the successful start of “Helsinki 40” process, which involves the OSCE upgrading and was initiated by the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Dublin in 2012. In addition, an important part of the organization efforts was the process of settlement of protracted ethnic conflicts. The Minister welcomed the new dynamism in bilateral dialogue at the highest level between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
International experts say that during the presidency of Ukraine in the OSCE, significant progress has been made in strengthening the organization’s mandate in the field of energy and environment. Steps in promoting energy efficiency of renewable energy sources were also noted.
During a joint press conference of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zaner, the latter noted that the meeting of the Council of Ministers in Kiev contributed to the development of long-term agenda of the organization. And positive trends of Ukrainian chairmanship will be developed in the upcoming chairmanship of Switzerland and Serbia in 2014 and 2015.

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