December 24, 2010

Ukraine presents Europe with two problems

Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust - Opinion - OP-ED - Ukraine presents Europe with two problems

Ukraine presents Europe with two problems

Yesterday at 15:44 | Tamerlan Vahabov
Kremlinization - the slip towards strong authoritarianism - is underway in Ukrainian politics. The EU’s Ukraine dilemma is either to ignore problematic democracy issues and develop straightforward pragmatic attitude towards official Kyiv or set a democracy bar. Based on the outcome of the last EU-Ukraine Summit on November 22, 2010, it seems that the EU is leaning towards the first option.

December 23, 2010

YouTube - Комітет 22/11

YouTube - Комітет 22/11

Заява Олександра Данилюка, активіста "Комітету 22/11"

, громадянської ініціативи із референдуму щодо недовіри діючому Президенту України Віктору Януковичу

Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust - Ukraine - Ukrainian population shrinks to 45.8 million in October

Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust - Ukraine - Ukrainian population shrinks to 45.8 million in October
The population of Ukraine totaled 45.8 million as of Nov. 1, 2010.


Ukrainian population shrinks to 45.8 million in October

Ukrainian population shrinks to 45.8 million in October

23.12.2010| Interfax-Ukraine
The population of Ukraine totaled 45.8 million as of Nov. 1, 2010, according to a posting on the Web site of the State Statistics Committee.

According to the committee, some 45.82 million people lived in Ukraine in September 2010.

The urban population of Ukraine was 31.45 million people as of November 1.

December 16, 2010

Ukraine Launches Criminal Investigation Of Former PM Tymoshenko - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2010

Ukraine Launches Criminal Investigation Of Former PM Tymoshenko - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2010

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko talks to the media as she arrives at the state prosecutor's office in Kyiv on December 15Ukraine Launches Criminal Investigation Of Former PM Tymoshenko


Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko talks to the media as she arrives at the state prosecutor's office in Kyiv on December 15
December 15, 2010
By RFE/RL
Ukraine’s former prime minister and current opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has been accused by the government of embezzling state funds and ordered not to leave the country while the investigation continues.

The Prosecutor-General’s Office announced December 15 that it is investigating Tymoshenko for misspending funds received by the government for the sale of carbon credits. The government earned some $425 million from the sale.

Batkivschyna calls Tymoshenko case political

Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust - Politics - Batkivschyna calls Tymoshenko case political

Batkivschyna calls Tymoshenko case political
Accusations brought against ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko aim to distract public attention from national problems, Tymoshenko's Batkivschyna party said.

Batkivschyna calls Tymoshenko case political

Today at 16:24 | Interfax-Ukraine
All the money received by Ukraine under the Kyoto Protocol is still on governmental accounts, and accusations brought against ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko aim to distract public attention from national problems, Tymoshenko's Batkivschyna party said.

Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust - Ukraine - Russia tells Ukraine to join post-Soviet trade bloc

Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust - Ukraine - Russia tells Ukraine to join post-Soviet trade bloc

Russia tells Ukraine to join post-Soviet trade bloc


Russia tells Ukraine to join post-Soviet trade bloc
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and his Kazakh and Belarusian counterparts speak in Astana during a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Community
Today at 14:58 | Reuters
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin encouraged Ukraine on Thursday to join Moscow-driven efforts to integrate the economies of the biggest post-Soviet republics into one trading bloc.

Ukraine has sought closer ties with Russia since the election of Viktor Yanukovich in February 2010, abandoning the goal of joining NATO and extending Russia's lease of a military base on the Black Sea.

YANUKOVYCH: EU INTEGRATION REMAINS MAIN TASK FOR UKRAINIAN DIPLOMATS

Yanukovych: Eu Integration Remains Main Task For Ukrainian Diplomats

Kyiv, December 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – EU integration remains the main task for Ukrainian diplomats, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said.
     "European integration remains the first and main task of the Ukrainian diplomacy," he said at a meeting with Ukrainian diplomats in Kyiv on Tuesday.
     Yanukovych said that diplomats should focus their efforts on signing an association agreement in the near future. However, he noted that the signing of this document would be historically important for Ukraine and create "a platform for further European integration." The president recalled that an inseparable part of the agreement was the creation of a free trade area and the introduction of a visa-free regime with EU countries.
Yanukovych also said that Ukraine's membership of the European Union could be a guarantee of Ukraine's security.

December 14, 2010

Юлія Тимошенко: влада Януковича плутає адміністративну реформу з PR-акцією - Юлія Тимошенко. Офіційний сайт.

Юлія Тимошенко: влада Януковича плутає адміністративну реформу з PR-акцією - Юлія Тимошенко. Офіційний сайт.
08 Гру 2010, 16:29

Юлія Тимошенко: влада Януковича плутає адміністративну реформу з PR-акцією

pr_b3237.jpgЛідер партії "Батьківщина" Юлія Тимошенко переконана, що влада своїми заявами про необхідність адміністративної реформи намагається приховати свої корупційні дії.
"Аналізуючи сьогодні видатки, стає страшно за країну. Якщо НСК "Олімпійський", лише один об'єкт, дає можливість відмити 2,5 мільярдів гривень, то навіщо говорити про PR-акції зі скорочення адмінвидатків і адмінресурсів? Усе це є лише гучна PR-акція, а справжні видатки, безумовно, йдуть на офшорні рахунки, на тіньові структури, і вони, на жаль, дорівнюють бюджетним обігам", - сказала Юлія Тимошенко на прес-конференції, коментуючи наміри влади провести адміністративну реформу.

December 3, 2010

In Russian Hands: US Forced to Change Course in Relations with Ukraine - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

In Russian Hands: US Forced to Change Course in Relations with Ukraine - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

In Russian Hands

US Forced to Change Course in Relations with Ukraine

By Uwe Klussmann
A supporter of Ukraine's Orange Revolution in December 2004. The man who rode the revolution to the presidency, Viktor Yushchenko, has since had to give way to his opponent.
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A supporter of Ukraine's Orange Revolution in December 2004. The man who rode the revolution to the presidency, Viktor Yushchenko, has since had to give way to his opponent.
The US wants to lure the Ukrainians toward the West -- but how? The victors of the Orange Revolution have failed, and US diplomatic cables show that dealing with the new president has been far more difficult. The country has become the stage for a proxy conflict with the Kremlin.
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December 2, 2010

EUobserver / EU neighbours are 'mafia states,' US cables indicate

EUobserver / EU neighbours are 'mafia states,' US cables indicate

EU neighbours are 'mafia states,' US cables indicate

Today @ 09:32 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine are already or are swiftly becoming 'mafia states' according to a senior Spanish prosecutor cited in US diplomatic cables.
The appraisal, given by Spanish prosecutor Jose 'Pepe' Grinda Gonzalez to US diplomats in Madrid in February this year, noted: "He considers Belarus, Chechnya and Russia to be virtual 'mafia states' and said that Ukraine is going to be one. For each of those countries, he alleged, one cannot differentiate between the activities of the government and OC [organised crime] groups."


Medvedev (c) arrives in Italy: the cables are an embarrassment to the Kremlin ahead of the EU-Russia summit on 6 December (Photo: kremlin.ru)

November 30, 2010

Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust - Ukraine - At key time, French resist NATO membership for Ukraine, Georgia

Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust - Ukraine - At key time, French resist NATO membership for Ukraine, Georgia

At key time, French resist NATO membership for Ukraine, Georgia

Today at 12:08 | Staff reports A senior French government adviser told the United States in 2008 that it would “not have a great appetite” for offering Ukraine an action plan for membership to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Geopolitical Journey, Part 6: Ukraine | STRATFOR

Geopolitical Journey, Part 6: Ukraine | STRATFOR

Geopolitical Journey, Part 6: Ukraine


Editor’s note: This is the sixth installment in a series of special reports that Dr. Friedman will write over the next few weeks as he travels to Turkey, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and Poland. In this series, he will share his observations of the geopolitical imperatives in each country and conclude with reflections on his journey as a whole and options for the United States.
By George Friedman
The name “Ukraine” literally translates as “on the edge.” It is a country on the edge of other countries, sometimes part of one, sometimes part of another and more frequently divided. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was divided between Russia, Poland and the Ottoman Empire. In the 19th century, it was divided between Russia and Austria-Hungary. And in the 20th century, save for a short period of independence after World War I, it became part of the Soviet Union. Ukraine has been on the edge of empires for centuries.

November 27, 2010

European Parliament resolution of 25 November 2010 on Ukraine

Texts adopted - Thursday, 25 November 2010 - Ukraine - P7_TA-PROV(2010)0444

European Parliament resolution of 25 November 2010 on Ukraine

The European Parliament ,
– having regard to its previous resolutions on Ukraine,
– having regard to the Joint Statement adopted at the EU-Ukraine Summit held in Brussels on 22 November 2010,
– having regard to the Final Statement and Recommendations issued following the 15th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, which took place on 4-5 November 2010 in Kyiv and Odessa,
– having regard to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee delegation which observed the local and regional elections held in Ukraine on 31 October 2010,
– having regard to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the European Union and Ukraine, which entered into force on 1 March 1998, and to the ongoing negotiations on the association agreement designed to replace the PCA,

November 20, 2010

Ukraine's topless group widens political role | Reuters

Ukraine's topless group widens political role | Reuters

Ukraine's topless group widens political role



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(Reuters) - Brazenly provocative, the bare-breasted young women of Femen are becoming an eye-catching -- if unsolicited -- fixture on Ukraine's political scene.

AFP: Ukraine president criticises Russian gas pipeline

AFP: Ukraine president criticises Russian gas pipeline

Ukraine president criticises Russian gas pipeline

KIEV — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday issued a rare rebuke to the Kremlin by describing as unfriendly a Russian plan to build an ambitious new gas pipeline that would bypass Ukraine's territory.
Yanukovych has worked hard to improve relations between Moscow and Kiev since defeating the leaders of the pro-Western Orange Revolution in presidential elections this year.

November 15, 2010

Порядок денний асоціації (ПДА) між Україною і ЄС: громадський експертний моніторинг: Experts highlight “very slow” progress in Ukraine’s EU reforms

Порядок денний асоціації (ПДА) між Україною і ЄС: громадський експертний моніторинг: Experts highlight “very slow” progress in Ukraine’s EU reforms

Experts highlight “very slow” progress in Ukraine’s EU reforms

Press-release, Kyiv, November 15th, 2010
Ukraine has implemented only 4 out of over 60 analyzed reform priorities, identified in the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda (AA), the key document regulating EU-Ukraine relations. Trends during the reporting period (July-October, 2010) were marked with both positive measures taken by the public administration to implement AA’s priorities, and stagnation of changes in the “political dialogue” segment, primarily linked to worsening symptoms in the field of respect for human rights and democratic procedures.

November 10, 2010

Yanukovych and Oligarchs: a Short or Long-Term Relationship? - The Jamestown Foundation

Yanukovych and Oligarchs: a Short or Long-Term Relationship? - The Jamestown Foundation

Yanukovych and Oligarchs: a Short or Long-Term Relationship?

Ukraine’s October 31 local elections deepened Viktor Yanukovych’s and the Party of Regions grip on power. With parliamentary elections scheduled for September 2012 Yanukovych is on the way to a rapid monopolization of power that has profound consequences for Ukrainian democracy.

November 2, 2010

EUobserver / EU monitors give mixed report on Ukraine vote

EUobserver / EU monitors give mixed report on Ukraine vote

EU monitors give mixed report on Ukraine vote

Today @ 09:30 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Voting in Ukrainian local elections on Sunday (31 October) looked fair to the two MEPs who went out to monitor the event. But EU institutions are unhappy about irregularities in the run-up to the poll.
"I have seen a lot of elections in the past as an observer for the OSCE and I saw no serious flaws. But elections are not just about election day. It's about the whole picture," Polish MEP Pawel Kowal from the right-wing Law and Justice party told EUobserver by phone from Kiev on Monday.

Lviv in western Ukraine - Ms Tymoshenko won 86% of the vote in the region in this year's presidential vote. But her party was struck off the list for the regional poll (Photo: EUobserver.com)

November 1, 2010

Putin to Ukraine: No merger, no gas talks - New Europe

Putin to Ukraine: No merger, no gas talks - New Europe

Putin to Ukraine: No merger, no gas talks

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin did not discuss gas issues with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov during his visit to Kiev on 27 October. “Actually, our prime minister (Azarov) made some attempt to raise this (gas) issue, but it was not a success because the idea of Putin is widely known: He wants the merger of (Russian gas monopoly) Gazprom and (Ukraine's energy company) Naftogaz,” a government source in Kiev told New Europe on 28 October on the condition of anonymity. Azarov was quoted as saying by the press on 25 October that he would, during his meeting with Putin, seek a reduction in the price of Russian natural gas sold to Ukraine. Ukrainian energy officials have also called in recent weeks for increases to the transit fee paid by Russia.
Putin mentioned that Russia already made huge concessions to Ukraine regarding the issue of price, the source told New Europe, adding that Russia has clearly stated its conditions. “We tried to persuade them, let’s make a deal, let’s revise the contract conditions, but unfortunately Putin was very firm,” the source added.

October 30, 2010

EUobserver / Ukraine chief seeks friends in EU capital

EUobserver / Ukraine chief seeks friends in EU capital:

Ukraine chief seeks friends in EU capital

29.10.2010 @ 17:53 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Ukraine's new administration is pulling out the stops to win a better name for itself in the EU capital ahead of Sunday's (31 October) local elections and the EU-Ukraine summit in November.
Rattled by what they see as a stream of hostile articles against President Viktor Yanukovych in the best-respected media in Brussels, such as the Financial Times, the new authorities are putting together a constellation of various supporters.

Yanukovych is a relatively frequent visitor to the EU capital (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)
    Public relations consultancy Glocal Communications is helping to organise off-the-record press meetings with high-level members of Mr Yanukovych's circle when they pass through Brussels. The little-known firm is based well-away from the EU district in the city. It has not signed up to the European Commission's lobbyist register and refused to disclose its list of clients when asked by this website.
    Meanwhile, PR giant Burston Marsteller is working for Rinat Akhmetov, an energy-and-steel-sector billionaire who is also an MP for the president's Party of the Regions.

    October 29, 2010

    EUobserver / [Comment] Ukraine's new leader should be judged by his actions

    EUobserver / [Comment] Ukraine's new leader should be judged by his actions

    Ukraine's new leader should be judged by his actions

    LEONID KOZHARA
    Today @ 09:35 CET
    EUOBSERVER / COMMENT

    Local government elections are not usually regarded as matters of international importance, but the ones being held in Ukraine at the end of the month have managed to attract unprecedented attention. They take place against a background of siren claims that democracy in Ukraine is being rolled back and that the new government elected earlier this year is in the process of turning the country into a one-party state.

    EUobserver / [Comment] Strange bedfellows - EU Socialists and Yanukovych

    EUobserver / [Comment] Strange bedfellows - EU Socialists and Yanukovych

    Strange bedfellows - EU Socialists and Yanukovych


    TARAS KUZIO
    Today @ 09:27 CET
    EUOBSERVER / COMMENT - The Socialist group in the European Parliament has signed a new co-operation agreement with the Party of Regions in Ukraine that looks as if its sole purpose is to derail criticism of Ukraine's new leader in Brussels.
    October was an unusual month for the European Parliament's relationship with Ukraine.

    Ukrainian minister defends "consolidation, not monopolisation" by his government

    Ukrainian minister defends "consolidation, not monopolisation" by his government

    Ukrainian minister defends "consolidation, not monopolisation" by his government

    External relations − 27-10-2010 - 10:17
    Committee: Foreign Affairs
    In a discussion on Tuesday with Ukrainian foreign minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, MEPs voiced concern about transparency and fairness in the upcoming local elections, the recent restrictive law reforms and the growing lack of media freedom in the country.
    "With the recent law reforms we have achieved a new political stabilisation and the consolidation of power. And let me stress that we are talking of 'consolidation' of power, not 'monopolisation' of power", said Mr Gryshchenko. The minister was addressing the EP Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday in an endeavour to soothe concerns expressed recently by many MEPs about the apparent erosion of democracy in the country ahead of the local elections on 31 October. The minister also urged MEPs to move forward on talks for a free trade agreement and called for a full visa liberalisation accord with his country.

    October 13, 2010

    Russia poses no threat to Ukrainian economy - Yanukovych | World | RIA Novosti

    Russia poses no threat to Ukrainian economy - Yanukovych

    Russia poses no threat to Ukrainian economy - Yanukovych

    The Ukrainian opposition claims that the country's new leadership does not defend properly Ukraine's national interests in relations with Russia.
    06:43 09/10/2010
    © RIA Novosti. Sergey Guneyev
    Russia will not "swallow up" the Ukrainian economy as a result of the blossoming relationship between Moscow and Kiev, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said.
    Relations between Russia and Ukraine, which sunk to post-Soviet lows in the past five years during the presidency of pro-western Viktor Yushchenko, have improved significantly since Yanukovych's election in February.

    October 7, 2010

    Commentary on the Constitutional Court Judgment of 30 September 2010

    Commentary on the Constitutional Court Judgment of 30 September 2010 :: khpg.org:

    Commentary on the Constitutional Court Judgment of 30 September 2010

    02.10.10 | Vsevolod Rechytsky, KHPG Constitutional Expert
    Political-legal Commentary to the Judgment of Ukraine’s Constitutional Court on the constitutional submission from 252 National Deputies regarding compliance with the Constitution (constitutionality) of the Law of Ukraine “On amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine” from 8 December 2004 No. 2222-IV (the case on observance of procedure for making amendments to the Constitution) from 30 September 2010 No. 2 – pn/2010.

    October 5, 2010

    EUobserver / EU trade pact not at risk, Ukraine ambassador says

    EUobserver / EU trade pact not at risk, Ukraine ambassador says

    EU trade pact not at risk, Ukraine ambassador says

    04.10. 2010 ANDREW RETTMAN


    EUOBSERVER/ BRUSSELS - Ukraine's ambassador to the EU has said that Kiev remains keen on closer trade and political ties with the Union, following controversial remarks by both sides in recent days.
    Speaking to EUobserver in Brussels on Monday (4 October), Mr Kostiantyn Yelisieiev said that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's recent criticism of a proposed EU-Ukraine trade pact should be seen as part of ongoing negotiations rather than a break in the process.
    "The DCFTA [Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement] is one of the core elements of our planned Association Agreement. We are very much determined to negotiate it because it is important for the future of Ukraine. The DCFTA should be considered as a vital instrument for Ukraine's integration into the EU market, but should at the same time take into account the interests of Ukrainian producers and exporters," he said.

    September 28, 2010

    Громадська акція проти нецивілізованих дій Служби Безпеки України

    Чи збирає СБУ про мене інформацію?

    28 вересня 2010 | Київ
    У середу, 29 вересня, о 13:45 журналісти, громадські діячі та бажаючі громадяни вишикуються в чергу до громадської приймальні Служби Безпеки України (вул. Малопідвальна, 16 – нова адреса громадської приймальної, за рогом, від старої - 150 метрів) з метою подати інформаційний запит, щоб дізнатися «чи збирала протягом останнього року щодо мене Служба Безпеки України будь-які дані, проводила оперативні заходи, прослуховувала мої телефони, організовувала стеження?» Акція є реакцією на безпідставний збір інформації представників СБУ по відношенню до громадських діячів та журналістів. Зокрема, нещодавно СБУ разом із податковою навідалися додому до директора Інституту масової інформації Вікторії Сюмар
    http://blogs.pravda.com.ua/authors/sumar/4c9c4a97306e0/, яка займає активну громадську позицію щодо відстоювання свободи слова, і в тому числі є членом руху «Стоп Цензурі!»

    Без консультацій з громадськістю не буде грошей від ЄС на екологію | Україна | Deutsche Welle | 28.09.2010

    Без консультацій з громадськістю не буде грошей від ЄС на екологію | Україна | Deutsche Welle | 28.09.2010

    Без консультацій з громадськістю не буде грошей від ЄС на екологію

    Україна | 28.09.2010 | Ольга Веснянка


    Якщо український уряд не буде відкритим до думки громадськості, то Єврокомісія не надасть Україні фінансову допомогу обсягом 35 мільйонів євро на державні проекти із захисту довкілля. Про це Deutsche Welle розповів Давід Стулік, координатор програм преси та інформації Представництва Європейської Комісії в Україні. За його словами, у Європейській Комісії знають про дискусію щодо недостатніх громадських консультацій задля вироблення Національної екологічної стратегії України. Саме на це нарікають українські екологічні організації.
    «Стратегія має призводити до позитивних зрушень у країні. Існуюча ж екологічна стратегія має чимало недоліків. А міністр екології України навіть не приховує, що через гроші документ поспішали ухвалити, не беручи до уваги рекомендації експертів», - пояснює координатор співпраці мережі «CEE Bankwatch Network» й співробітник Національного екоцентру України Олексій Пасюк.
    ЄС наполягає на прозорості

    Ухвалення стратегії до кінця року має ключову роль для отримання Україною від ЄС фінансової підтримки  за екологічним напрямом. У Єврокомісії наголошують – консультування з організаціями громадянського суспільства є однією з умов фінансової допомоги. Давід Стулік каже, що Єврокомісія вже обговорила це питання з українцями, й наполягає, що стратегію мають розробляти відкрито, прозоро, з урахуванням думок зацікавлених сторін.

    September 27, 2010

    Ukraine President Pursues EU Membership - WSJ.com

    Ukraine President Pursues EU Membership - WSJ.com

    Ukraine Aims to Join European Union

    [UKRAINE]NEW YORK—Ukraine's president said Kiev is determined to join the European Union, but also needs to maintain strong ties with Moscow to ensure his country can serve as a dependable conduit for Russian energy supplies to the West.
     
    President Viktor Yanukovych, in New York on Wednesday.
    President Viktor Yanukovych, who has devoted considerable effort since his election earlier this year to mending Ukraine's badly frayed relations with Moscow, said Wednesday that Kiev is "already playing the role of a reliable bridge" between Europe and Russia.
    "Ukraine is moving steadfastly along the road of European integration," Mr. Yanukovych told The Wall Street Journal in an interview ahead of this week's United Nations General Assembly meetings. But, he said, "we don't want to insult anyone as we take that road."
    Given Ukraine's location and its desire to profit from Russian energy shipments to the EU, "we are doomed to keep a good balance," he said.
    Mr. Yanukovych has met with EU leaders to discuss the initial steps toward membership in the regional bloc. A summit between the two sides is set for November. Ukraine is also negotiating a free-trade agreement with the EU. Mr. Yanukovych said Russia isn't opposed to EU membership for Ukraine.
    After Ukraine's Orange Revolution in 2004, which brought outspokenly pro-Western politicians to power in Kiev, relations between Ukraine and Russia deteriorated sharply. Spats between Kiev and Moscow led to serious disruptions in gas flows to Western Europe.

    Poles' View of Russia Turns Negative Again | News | The Moscow Times

    Poles' View of Russia Turns Negative Again | News | The Moscow Times

    Poles' View of Russia Turns Negative Again


    Relatives looking at a wall with the names of the Katyn dead during a ceremony in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Saturday.

    Gleb Garanich / Reuters
    Relatives looking at a wall with the names of the Katyn dead during a ceremony in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Saturday.
    WARSAW — Poles' view of Russia-Poland relations have turned negative again after a thaw following the airplane crash that killed Poland's president and 95 others in Smolensk in April, a survey showed Friday.
    The death of President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria and 94 others, mostly senior state officials, in Smolensk sparked a wave of sympathy in Poland and Russia.
    Warsaw's efforts to improve relations — traditionally strained over history, energy and security issues — with its communist-era overlord Moscow have gathered pace since.
    But a series of hiccups has reversed the trend, and a new CBOS poll showed 28 percent of Poles are now negative about Warsaw-Moscow ties, while 26 are positive. The remainder said they could not say either way.
    A CBOS survey in May showed that twice as many Poles assessed Polish-Russian ties as positive than held the opposite view.
    "The actions of the Russian side aimed at establishing the reason of the plane crash are viewed negatively by more than half of Poles (56 percent), compared with less than one-third (31 percent) who think they are good," CBOS said in a statement.

    Ukranian News - State Special Communications Service To Start Up 'Electronic Ukraine' System In Q111

    Ukranian News - State Special Communications Service To Start Up 'Electronic Ukraine' System In Q111

    State Special Communications Service To Start Up 'Electronic Ukraine' System In Q111

    Thursday, September 23, 2010

    КомпьютерThe State Special Communications and Information Protection Service has plans to start up the integrated protected system of electronic document flow, Electronic Ukraine, in the first quarter of 2011, deputy chairman of the Special Communications Service Petro Yatsuk has announced at a news conference.
    In his words, the Electronic Ukraine is a platform for the electronic government turnover made in the form of a web portal, designed for running on any operating system.
    Ukrainian Special Systems, a state-owned enterprise, was engaged in development of this system.

    Enterprise deputy director-general Oleksii Yaremenko says the entire work flow in the Electronic Ukraine system is built on identity authentication, any operation with documents demands digital signature.
    At the moment technical specifications of the system are being reconciled with the Justice Ministry.
    They suppose to start a test run of the system in October.

    Ukraine President Tangles With Communist-Era Famine | Epoch Times Mobile

    Ukraine President Tangles With Communist-Era Famine | Epoch Times Mobile

    Ukraine President Tangles With Communist-Era Famine

    By Andrey Volkov/Epoch Times Staff


      • Ukrainian Congress Committee of America hols a demonstration in front of the Ukraine's mission to the U.N. in New York on Wednesday, September 22, to protest against the government's actions towards press freedom and historical memory of the country. (Andrey Volkov/The Epoch Times)

    NEW YORK—Russian-friendly Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych this week assured the Ukrainian Diaspora in the United States that he does not deny the existence of the communist-era famine that killed millions of people in Ukraine in 1932-33, adding that he would even order the famine documents to be declassified. Yanukovich, however, would not recognize the famine as genocide as many other countries and Ukrainian leaders have.

    The famine statement comes strategically before his visit to the United States to take part in the United Nations Global Summit. His visit will likely be used to seek more dialogue with the Ukrainian Diaspora abroad.

    Official estimates say that from 7 to 10 million people died during the famine, known as the Holodomor, in Ukraine.

    “I am told that I deny the famine somehow [so] I am initiating the declassification of famine’s archive documents,” he said.

    Yanukovych answers questions of US Atlantic Council members - ForUm

    Yanukovych answers questions of US Atlantic Council members - ForUm

    Yanukovych answers questions of US Atlantic Council members

    24 September 2010
    Answering Yanukovych answers questions of US Atlantic Council membersquestions of the US Atlantic Council members, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych noted that democracy excludes oppression of citizens on any grounds. Language feature here is no exception. "The society understands that. As to the question of coexistence of people, who speak Ukrainian and those, who speak Russian, first of all, they do not different from each other. Therefore, no matter which language do people speak, they all want to live normally. I think our country is not the only one, where such a question exists. It exists in many countries. But in the developed democracies, these issues have been resolved long ago.

    There is the European Language Charter. Ukraine is a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and observation of the Charter creates the conditions for coexistence of any peoples, who speak any language. In Ukraine, people speak not only Ukrainian and Russian. There are people who speak Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Greek, Jewish, etc.. There are about 120 nationalities living in Ukraine. Ukraine is a very international state, and today, the problem is to create equal conditions for all the people, who live here and have the Ukrainian citizenship.

    ITAR-TASS: CSTO ready to give special status to Ukraine, consider its entry

    ITAR-TASS: CSTO ready to give special status to Ukraine, consider its entry

    CSTO ready to give special status to Ukraine, consider its entry

    23.09.2010, 13.03
    NEW YORK, September 23 (Itar-Tass) - The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) is ready to grant a special status to Ukraine and consider, if need be, the issue of its admission to the organisation, CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha told Itar-Tass in an interview.
    “We are ready to more closely cooperate with Ukraine on security matters,” he noted. “Moreover, if the Ukrainian side is ready we can decide on granting it a special status in the CSTO.” “This is useful, and I believe that it is an objective necessity, because states located in the post-Soviet space are facing one and the same problems,” the CSTO secretary general explained. “In order to settle them we can together take corresponding measures, even without speaking about Ukraine’s admission to the CSTO,” he said.

    September 26, 2010

    Розкол команди Януковича: "Донецькі" проти групи "РосУкрЕнерго" | Українська правда

    Розкол команди Януковича: "Донецькі" проти групи "РосУкрЕнерго" | Українська правда

    Розкол команди Януковича: "Донецькі" проти групи "РосУкрЕнерго"

    Сергій Лещенко, УП _ П'ятниця, 24 вересня 2010, 11:00
    Фото прес-служби Партії регіонів
    Тріщина всередині владної команди Віктора Януковича стає дедалі глибшою.
    По різні боки опинилися дві найпотужніші групи: так звані "Донецькі", уособленням яких є Рінат Ахметов, Борис Колесніков, Андрій Клюєв, і так звана група "РосУкрЕнерго", представлена Дмитром Фірташем, Сергієм Льовочкіним і Валерієм Хорошковським.
    Після приходу Януковича до влади боротьба між цими групами розгорнулася одразу на кількох майданчиках - за політичний вплив, за розбудову бізнесу, та за самого Януковича.

    Якби подібні конфлікти спливли на поверхню в часи Віктора Ющенка, країна давно би вже стала свідком корупційного скандалу №2 - з викривальними прес-конференціями у прямому ефірі, звільненнями чиновників та закликом до акцій непокори.
    Однак поки бере гору природа Партії регіонів - тримати сміття в собі, а не виносити з хати. Чи надовго їх вистачить?

    September 25, 2010

    EUobserver / Ukraine's environment strategy worrying Brussels

    EUobserver / Ukraine's environment strategy worrying Brussels

    Ukraine's environment strategy worrying Brussels

    Ukraine's CO2 emission levels are 50% lower than in 1990 (Photo: DerGuy82)
    EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – No EU money can flow to Ukraine's state programmes for the environment unless the government opens up to input from civil society, the European Commission said on Friday (24 September), while separately welcoming Kiev's new commitment to adapt its energy legislation to EU law.According to Bankwatch, an umbrella network of enviromental NGOs working in central and eastern Europe, Ukraine's environment strategy is being drafted in an undemocratic way and is "deceptive," because it allows an actual increase in CO2 emissions by 2020. By pledging to respect the EU target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020 compared to the 1990 levels, Ukraine can actually afford an increase of its current levels, as due to its industrial downturn, it currently emits less than half the CO2 it did in 1990.

    September 22, 2010

    Ukraine's New Direction - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    Ukraine's New Direction - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    Ukraine's New Direction

    John Hewko Q&A, September 21, 2010
    Viktor YanukovychSince Viktor Yanukovych was elected president in February, observers have been looking for signs of whether Ukraine would move closer to Russia or continue integrating with Europe. The return of Yanukovych, who was swept from office by the 2004 pro-democracy Orange Revolution, sparked fears among some that the momentum of Ukraine’s domestic political and economic reforms would be lost.
    In a Q&A, John Hewko assesses Yanukovych’s first 200 days in office and how the United States and Europe should respond. Hewko argues that “it is critical that the United States and Europe continue to engage Ukraine” and outlines five steps Western policy makers should take to strengthen democracy in the country and build strong long-term relations.

    September 21, 2010

    ЗВЕРНЕННЯ Народного Руху України до усіх, кому не байдужа доля української мови

    ЗВЕРНЕННЯ Народного Руху України до усіх, кому не байдужа доля української мови | Українська правда - Блоги

    ЗВЕРНЕННЯ Народного Руху України до усіх, кому не байдужа доля української мови

    21.09.2010 16:43  Борис Тарасюк
    Україну на 20-ому році відновленої державності антидержавні сили вперто штовхають наступити на ті самі граблі, що всіювали впродовж століть дорогу національно-визвольних змагань. Дух Валуєвського циркуляру, Ємського указу та ще з двох десятків схожих актів імперських загарбників відродився у черговому "творінні" антиукраїнських сил. Законопроект "Про мови в Україні", зареєстрований представниками антиукраїнської коаліції, несе реальну загрозу українському суспільству. Йде повномасштабний наступ на глибинні пласти духовного життя народу, його історичної пам'яті, найціннішого надбання віків – української мови.

    Yanukovych to report on democracy in Ukraine at UN General Assembly | World | RIA Novosti

    Yanukovych to report on democracy in Ukraine at UN General Assembly | World | RIA Novosti

    Yanukovych to report on democracy in Ukraine at UN General Assembly

    21/09/2010
    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will deliver a speech on Ukraine's democratic path at the 65th session of the UN General Assembly during his visit to New York on September 21-24.
    This will be Yanukovych's second trip to the United States. The Ukrainian president, who took office in February, first visited the country in April for a nuclear security summit in Washington.
    The Ukrainian president is expected to address the General Assembly with a statement concerning the freedom of expression in his country.

    The First And Second Murders Of Heorhiy Gongadze - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2010

    The First And Second Murders Of Heorhiy Gongadze - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2010

    The First And Second Murders Of Heorhiy Gongadze 

    September 18, 2010 By Serhiy Hrabovsky
    Heorhiy Gongadze was murdered in 2000.
    Heorhiy Gongadze was murdered in 2000.
    An entire epoch has passed since the disappearance and murder 10 years ago of Ukrainian journalist Heorhiy Gongadze. The age of former President Leonid Kuchma, which gave rise to secret units of Interior Ministry officers (the so-called “Kravchenko eagles” who dealt with opponents of the regime in illegal and often lethal ways) too has passed.
    Kuchmaism began in Ukraine in 1994. Then, under mysterious circumstances, the chairman of the Ukrainian Barristers Union went missing. Enigmatic deaths that remain unanswered to this day followed: former National Bank Chairman Vadym Hetman, opposition leader Vyacheslav Chornovil, businessman and parliament Deputy Yevhen Shcherban, and many others. Prominent politicians, parliamentarians, journalists -- some died in strange road accidents, others were assassinated, and others seemingly took their own lives.

    September 17, 2010

    EUobserver / Ashton designates six new 'strategic partners'

    EUobserver / Ashton designates six new 'strategic partners'

    Ashton designates six new 'strategic partners'

    Ms Ashton talking with the Spanish (c) and French foreign ministers at the summit (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)
    16.09.2010 @ 19:37 CET
    EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has indicated that Egypt, Israel, Indonesia, Pakistan, Ukraine and South Korea could join the EU's existing list of privileged or "strategic" partners.
    Ms Ashton put forward the new names in a powerpoint presentation at a meeting of EU leaders and foreign ministers in Brussels on Thursday (16 September). The roll-call of six countries ended with a "..." to indicate that the club remains open to other up-and-coming powers, an EU diplomatic source said.

    September 16, 2010

    Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust - Ukraine - Helsinki Union demands investigation of the assault on a colleague from Kherson (VIDEO)

    Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust - Ukraine - Helsinki Union demands investigation of the assault on a colleague from Kherson (VIDEO)

    Helsinki Union demands investigation of the assault on a colleague from Kherson (VIDEO)

    15.09.2010 | Kyiv Post
    Dementiy Bily, journalist and Head of the Kherson Regional Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine (which is a member of UHHRU).khersonsnews.org.ua

     The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has today called on the Prosecutor General and the Minister of Internal Affairs to ensure a swift, independent and efficient investigation of this assault Dementiy Bily, journalist and Head of the Kherson Regional Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine (which is a member of UHHRU).

    Sept. 14, the City Mayor Volodomyr Saldo, who is standing for re-election for the third time from the Party of the Regions, was giving his report in the Kherson Theatre. There had been no announcement of the event either in the media or on the City Council’s website. There were rumours that invitations were being issued to those specially chosen, and leaders of civic organizations were not among them.

    There were two burly guys at the doors allowing in only those who had invitations. Dementiy Bily first endeavoured to enter simply as a citizen and voter, then as journalist from the publication “Politichna Khersonshchyna” [about events etc in the Kherson region], for which he had the relevant journalist ID. Neither he nor other civic leaders were allowed in, with Saldo’s Deputy overseeing this process. It was only when the Deputy Head of the Regional Administration intervened that they were able to enter.