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Ukrainian opposition to demand Azarov report in parliament on gas talks with Russia

Posted by the Editor on October 28, 2011


News / 28 October 2011 | 17:49

Ukrainian opposition to demand Azarov report in parliament on gas talks with Russia

Ukrainian opposition to demand Azarov report in parliament on gas talks with Russia

The Ukrainian opposition is planning to demand that the Verkhovna Rada hear a report by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov concerning the talks with Russia on gas agreements between Kyiv and Moscow.

“We will demand at a meeting of the conciliatory council on Monday that Prime Minister Azarov deliver a report or at least provide information what they again want to give away to Russia,” Our Ukraine-People’s Self-Defense MP Anatoliy Hrytsenko said on Friday after a meeting of the Dictatorship Resistance Committee, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

He said that the opposition wanted to know from the prime minister what the country should expect. Hrytsenko said that the opposition feared “a serious betrayal of Ukraine’s interests.”

“He [Azarov] announces that there’s a new, comprehensive package [of compromise proposals on the gas agreement with Russia]. While they decided to sentence [former Prime Minister Yulia] Tymoshenko to seven years in prison and acknowledged that there was a violation of the law, now they’re claiming that there will be no Stockholm court. So the betrayal of another gas issue will be in a new package,” Hrytsenko said.

“What will it be? A consortium? Or this will be the Customs Union, or the technical standards of the Customs Union, or they will give away something in Sevastopol – rearmament or new technology?” he added.

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PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs to visit Ukraine on 2-4 November 2011

Posted by the Editor on October 28, 2011


News / 28 October 2011 | 17:10

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs to visit Ukraine on 2-4 November 2011

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs to visit Ukraine on 2-4 November 2011

Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin (Sweden, EPP/CD) and Mailis Reps (Estonia, ALDE), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Ukraine, will make a fact-finding visit to the country on 2-4 November 2011, ForUm learned from the press office of PACE.

The co-rapporteurs should have meetings with the President of the Republic, the Speaker of Parliament, the Ministers of the Interior and of Education and leaders of political parties. Meetings are also planned with the Commission for the Strengthening of the Rule of Law, the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, various NGOs and the defence lawyers of former government members charged with criminal offences.

During this visit the main focus of discussions will be reform of the criminal justice system, the investigations concerning former government members, independence of the judiciary, the 2012 parliamentary elections and the opposition movements.

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Government to organize fan zones for those who cannot buy tickets to stadiums

Posted by the Editor on October 28, 2011


News / 28 October 2011 | 16:41

Government to organize fan zones for those who cannot buy tickets to stadiums

Government to organize fan zones for those who cannot buy tickets to stadiums

During three weeks of Euro 2012 more than one million tourists are expected to visit Ukraine, Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Borys Kolesnikov said in an interview with “Echo of Moscow”.

Responding to a clarifying question, the Vice PM said that in view of the same language and geographical proximity the number of Russian tourists will be the largest.

Borys Kolesnikov also said that fans, who can not buy tickets to the stadiums, will still have an opportunity to watch the game.

“Every city-host will have huge fan zones, designed for tens of thousands of people, where they can watch football and cheer with the friends,” he explained.

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Education Minister concerned about openness of children in Internet

Posted by the Editor on October 28, 2011


News / 28 October 2011 | 16:10

Education Minister concerned about openness of children in Internet

Education Minister concerned about openness of children in Internet

Education Minster of Ukraine Dmytro Tabachnyk is concerned about absence of security when children are using Internet.

“Almost 45% of children voluntarily give information on themselves, their family and property, their address. Almost forth part of Ukrainian children get access to website for adults,” Tabachnyk told the III All-Ukrainian meeting of education workers.

He also noted that 95% of parents believe the Internet security must be taught at schools by teachers; however teachers should first eliminate their computer ignorance. “In this case pupils become teachers,” Tabachnyk added.

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NSDC Secretary: Ukraine, EU will not seek additional obstacles to association agreement

Posted by the Editor on October 28, 2011


News / 28 October 2011 | 15:40

NSDC Secretary: Ukraine, EU will not seek additional obstacles to association agreement

NSDC Secretary: Ukraine, EU will not seek additional obstacles to association agreement

Ukraine and the European Union are seeking a compromise on issues preventing conclusion of the Association Agreement, and “will not seek additional obstacles” to the signing of this document. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Raisa Bohatyriova said this in a conversation with representatives of the Ukrainian media in Warsaw, UKRINFORM reported.

“As for the economic part of the Agreement, this work has been done at the technical level. We can put a stop to it,” Bohatyriova said, voicing hope the EU will have no more questions on the issue.

She also informed that in November-December, negotiations will continue between Kyiv and Brussels to seek ways to resolve differences between Ukrainian and European positions. One such issue is fixing in the Agreement on Association prospects for Ukraine’s membership in the EU.

The NSDC Secretary acknowledged that the EU is concerned about the situation with the observance of human rights in Ukraine. Kyiv is trying to solve these problems by holding appropriate reforms, in particular, in the judiciary.

Bohatyriova noted that, during her meeting with President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland, they addressed the issue of European integration prospects for Ukraine in the context of the situation with Yulia Tymoshenko. She said that the fate of 48 million citizens and the country’s European choice should not depend on the legal cases against the ex-premier. This question “needs to be addressed in the language of legal argument and judicial process.”

Komorowski, according to the Secretary of the National Security Council, made it clear that “Warsaw remains committed to its strong desire to help Ukraine achieve its goal, which is membership in the EU.”

Bohatyriova has also held talks with the head of the Bureau of National Security of Poland, Stanislaw Koziej; Vice-Premier, Minister of Economy Waldemar Pawlak; and Minister of National Defense Tomasz Siemoniak.

According to the results of the visit, the parties signed a joint communique and a plan of cooperation between the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and the National Security Bureau of Poland for 2012-2013.

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Lutsenko: Appearance of evil spirits is not obligatory

Posted by the Editor on October 28, 2011


News / 28 October 2011 | 15:20

Lutsenko: Appearance of evil spirits is not obligatory

Lutsenko: Appearance of evil spirits is not obligatory

Pechersk district court of Kyiv announced a break in the court hearings on former Interior minister Yuri Lutsenko’s case till Monday, October 31.

In his turn, Lutsenko declared a motion to make October 31 a day off, so representatives of the prosecution could celebrate their professional holiday Halloween, ForUm learned from the press office of People’s Self-Defense party, headed by Lutsenko.

Judge Serhiy Vovk administered a reproof to Lutsenko and asked to stop insulting the state prosecution. “I’ll try, but cannot guarantee,” Lutsenko responded.

At the end of the discussion the judge announced the break till Monday once again and reminded about switching to winter time, after which Yuri Lutsenko insisted that “appearance of the eveil spirits is not obligatory.”

As a reminder, German ambassador to Ukraine Hans-Jurgen Heimsoeth, accompanied by an interpreter, visited today’s court hearings on the case of former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko to personally familiarize with the case.

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Kharkiv introduces quarantine due to rabies cases

Posted by the Editor on October 28, 2011


News / 28 October 2011 | 14:48

Kharkiv introduces quarantine due to rabies cases

Kharkiv introduces quarantine due to rabies cases

Due to the cases of rabies among animals, two districts of Kharkiv introduced quarantine restrictions. The decision was made at a meeting of the city emergency commission.

According to the veterinary inspector of Kharkiv Gennady Pishchanski, two cases of bites by rabid cats were registered October 25. The condition of the victims is stable, no signs of the disease.

The quarantine will last two months.

According to the data of the city council, there have been registered 56 cases of rabies among animals in Kharkiv region since the beginning of the year.

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Education Minister: Ukraine lacks of 700 kindergartens

Posted by the Editor on October 28, 2011


News / 28 October 2011 | 14:20

Education Minister: Ukraine lacks of 700 kindergartens

Education Minister: Ukraine lacks of 700 kindergartens

Ukraine needs to speed up ‘holy crusade’ on returning of kindergartens, Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk told the III Al-Ukrainian meeting of education workers.

“We’ve managed to restore several hundreds of kindergartens, but to avoid lines Ukraine still needs at least another 700 kindergartens. If we follow the same pace, it will take about four years,” he noted.

Tabachnyk reminded that Prime Minister Mykola Azarov ordered at the special meeting of the government to restore necessary number of kindergartens in two years, not more.

“The government is not satisfied with the current pace and regional governors know this,” the Minister said.

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