THE EMBASSY OF UKRAINE
THE REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA
UKRINFORM NEWS AGENCY
Viktor Yushchenko has sent Fuel & Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov and
Emergency Management Minister Davyd Zhvaniya to the Donetsk region on a
fact-finding mission after an accident in the Rossiya coal mine, with a view
of establishing the accident's causes and circumstances and aiding the
families of those who suffered in the accident.
of State urged to exert every effort to save the miners, who were trapped
400 meters below the surface after a longwall collapsed.
As of 6 a
m Sunday, one coal miner was rescued and hospitalized. The destiny of one of
those five coal miners, who were blocked, remains uncertain.
teams of rescuers are engaged in the operation in the operation to save the
on the phone to Donetsk Regional Administration official and senior execs of
the holding company SelidovVuhilia, which runs the Rossiya coal mine,
President Yushchenko underscored the significance of displaying caring
attitudes to the sufferers' families.
to the Emergency Management Ministry's public relations, as of 19:45 Sunday,
another coal miners was rescued and hospitalized.
As of 6 a
m Monday, two bodies were recovered for the coal mine.
Plachkov and Davyd Zhvaniya, who spent Sunday at the coal mine, were joined
by Governor Chuprun.
conducted deliberations of rescuers to outline further steps in the SAR
operation, n eliminating the accident's consequences, establishing its
causes, organising medical treatment of the injured coal miners and
rendering aid to the accident's victims and families of those who perished
in the accident.
to journalists in Kyiv on Sunday, President Viktor Yushchenko dismissed
speculations about what might have prompted Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
to postpone her scheduled visit to Moscow.
visit's postponement, Mr Yushchenko noted, is due to purely technical
matters inside Ukraine.
situations occur in many nations, the President said.
on relations between Ukraine and Russia, President Yushchenko said these
must be honest, public and productive.
on recent rumors about the Prime Minister's imminent resignation, President
Yushchenko said he was sorry and felt ashamed listening to such rumors,
which are sheer nonsense.
eve of Yulia Tymoshenko's visit to Moscow, which had been slated for April
15, President Yushchenko signed an errand for the Premier, urging her to
cancel all trips abroad by Cabinet members until after the vernal crop
sowing campaign, with a view of solving matters pertaining to stabilization
of the economic situation in Ukraine.
to clearly declare that the GUUAM has never been and will never be
alternative to the CIS and to Russia, Secretary of National Security and
Defense Council of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated at a meeting of GUUAM
Security Secretaries (Georgia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova).
proceeds from the fact that the GUUAM will in no way be directed against
somebody or something, the project is aimed at ensuring and achieving common
interests and tasks, which the member-states face, Moldovan National
Security and Defense Secretary Ion Morei said. He viewed the idea of other
countries' accession to the GUUAM as possible, as "the organization is
constructive, having no negative attitudes toward other formations and
consultations in Kyiv were also attended by Secretary of National Security
and Defense Council of Georgia Gela Bezhuashvili and the Azeri President's
assistant Vahid Aliyev. The organization's fifth participant, Uzbekistan's
representative failed to arrive in Kyiv.
initiatives, which were discussed at a recent meeting of GUUAM partners at
the level of Secretaries of National Security Councils, have once again
testified to the fact that the GUUAM is an alive developing instrument,
which is filled with an absolutely concrete, practical and comprehensive
content. Such a statement was aired by Ukrainian National Security and
Defense Council Secretary Petro Poroshenko, who met in Kyiv with his
counterparts, Georgian Security Secretary Gela Bezhuashvili, the Azeri
President's assistant Vahid Aliyev and Moldovan Security Secretary Ion Morei
on the eve of a Chisinau summit, with a view of discussing a series of
particular, the meeting focused on facilitation of the GUUAM's activity in
settlement of frozen conflicts. As Petro Poroshenko stated, Ukraine means to
offer a number of initiatives for settlement of conflicts in Transdniestria.
Moldovan National Security Secretary noted, that Kyiv initiatives will help
to strengthen the cooperation within the GUUAM. He expressed his gratitude
for Ukraine's steps toward resolving the frozen conflicts, and not only the
meeting also touched on the GUUAM participants' action coordination in
Iraq's post-war reconstruction, exchange of information and projects,
establishment of working groups. The parties agreed to study the experience
of other integration entities, particularly of Baltic states, in security
and economic cooperation matters.
arrived at a common conclusion that those values which we mean to proceed on
in our work are European values and our common Eurointegration course, Gela
Bezhuashvili, Secretary of the Georgian National Security Council, said, by
way of commenting on the Kyiv meeting of the GUUAM's National Security
meeting was attended by chiefs of the National Security Councils of Ukraine,
Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova, who agreed to coordinate their steps with
regard to strategic and tactical documents, adopted by the EU and NATO.
April 17 State Secretary Oleksandr Zinchenko left for Libya on a two-day
working visit. He is supposed to hold meetings with Libyan leader Muammar
Qadhafi, other top-placed officials and to attend a ceremony to open an
international expo, at which Kharkiv and Zaporizhia region manufacturers
will display their specimen products. In particular, the Kharkiv region will
be represented by the Malyshev Works and the Morozov Design Office.
all-Ukrainian gathering of local self-government bodies, will most probably
be postponed to April 25 and 26, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn
told journalists on Monday. The decision to postpone the session is
connected with the President's absence on April 23, the date when the
session was expected to be primarily held, and his presence and a speech are
Volodymyr Lytvyn said, he expects a sincere, comprehensive and principled
talk among representatives of the local power at the all-Ukrainian gathering
for matters of ensuring the power's integrity and realizing reforms, offered
by the President and the Government. By this, the most important is to
preserve tranquility and stability in the country, Mr Lytvyn stressed.
the journalists' question on likelihood of holding a referendum on political
reform in Ukraine, Volodymyr Lytvyn spoke up against the referendum, saying
similar referendum was held in 2000, which neither decision was realized, as
the Constitution may be amended only by the Parliament's two thirds of votes.
According to Volodymyr Lytvyn, the referendum may cause anxiety in the
society and entail some instability, which is absolutely unnecessary in the
current political situation.
Verkhovna Rada First Vice Chairperson Adam Martyniuk told in Monday press
conference in Kyiv, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn has approached
the Court for terminating competence of 21 people's deputies for combining
their mandates with executive
to Adam Martyniuk, there are 34 deputies in the Parliament who combine their
parliamentarian mandates with discharging other functions.
Martyniuk articulated his strong doubts about the Verkhovna Rada's ability
to elect a new Vice Speaker from among the four candidates.
candidates, he said, the slimmer chances for electing the Parliament's Vice
to Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn, next Thursday (April 22) the
Parliament will likely elected a new Vice Speaker.
Lytvyn told attendants of the VR Arranging Council's Monday session, four
deputies have chances for being elected to the vacant post, to wit, Anatoliy
Matviyenko, Yuriy Kostenko, Bohdan Hubskiy and Viktor Musiyaka.
to the Speaker, on April 23 an all-Ukrainian meeting of local self-government
bodies will be held. As Mr Lytvyn disclosed, later in the day chairpersons
of VR Standing Committees, leaders of factions and deputy groups were
supposed to meet with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Cabinet members to
discuss the candidatures for the Vice Speaker post.
Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn told members of the VR Arranging Council on Monday,
the plenary session week, which will start on Tuesday, April 19, will have
to tackle as many as over 120 bills, of which three are viewed by the
President as urgent and 17 bills are the Government's priority no. one.
agenda provides for vetting 14 bills in their second hearing and 18 other
will be devoted to hearings into Ukraine's cultural policies.
agenda incorporates 47 issues, including election of a new Vice Speaker.
Thursday's bills include 20 documents to be considered in the second hearing
and two documents to override the President's veto. Friday's main agenda
item will be a bill on setting the minimal wage for 2005.
25 through 29 the deputies will work in their constituencies.
Parliament's May 4 - 6 plenary session is supposed to address up to 30
agenda items, Volodymyr Lytvyn disclosed.
Arranging Council's Monday session was attended by First Vice Premier
Anatoli Kinakh, who briefed the deputies about key issues, which the
Government intends to address this week.
April 17 President Viktor Yushchenko, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko,
Verkhovna Rada Chairperson Volodymyr Lytvyn, Vice Premier Mykola Tomenko,
Natural Environmental Protection Minister Pavlo Ihnatenko, Interior
Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, Culture & Arts Minister Oksana Bilozir,
Agrarian Policy Minister Oleksandr Baranivskiy, Industrial Policy Minister
Volodymyr Shandra, Education & Science Minister Stanislav Nikolayenko,
Transportation Minister Yevhen Chervonenko, Kyiv Governor Yevhen Zhovtiak,
Kyiv Mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko participated in the all-Ukrainian action
"Green Sprout of the Future" in Kyiv's Glory Park.
joined by WWII veterans, students of the Minor Science Academy in planting
tree seedlings in the park.
Constitution Reform means chaos in Ukraine. If it takes effect on September
1, 2005 this will cause a tremendous problem for Ukraine, Prime Minister
Yulia Tymoshenko commented on the reform, meant for Ukraine's transition
from the presidential-parliamentary paradigm to the
opinion was partly supported by First Vice Premier Anatoliy Kinakh, who said
that transition needs a lengthy period of
adjustments, otherwise risk will be too high of forming an amorphous
authority of "collective irresponsibility."
Secretary Oleksandr Zinchenko stated the need for holding a popular
referendum of he reform. These utterances triggered objections not only on
the part of opposition representatives.
Party leader Oleksandr Moroz said there were no legal grounds whatsoever for
questioning the expediency of the constitutional reform.
Moroz accused the incumbents of attempting to revise the Verkhovna Rada's
Resolution 4180 of December 2004.According to available information, over 60
VR deputies have signed a letter to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine,
which questions the legitimacy of procedures in adopting the reform bill.
Ministry of Internal Affairs has published yet another list of persons,
summoned for questioning by police bodies.
Demydenko, former first vice chairman of the Vinnytsia Regional
Administration (for giving explanations about misuse of budgetary funds to
the tune of 6 M.UAH in purchasing medical equipment)
Zasukha, former Kyiv Region Governor (to give explanations about unlawful
use of two luxury cars over two years, which belonged to the Interior
Ministry's Main Agency in the Kyiv Region)
Kivalov (to furnish explanations about unlawful alienation of part of the
Odesa Juridical Academy's property)
Kotsemyr, former Vinnytsia Governor (to provide explanations about unlawful
reimbursement of the VAT to the tune of 3.3 M.UAH in favor of bodies under
Kravets, Ternopil Regional Rada chairman (to furnish explanations about
misappropriation of funds to the tune of 2.5 M. UAH, when he was chairman of
the Kremenets District Administration)
Lysak, vice chairman of the Poltava Regional Administration (to give
explanations about misdeeds in purchasing medical equipment)
Leshenko, former Cherkasy Governor (to give explanations about unlawful
registration of luxury automobiles without paying customs)
Masliy, chief of the Rivne Regional Administration's Health Care Agency (to
give explanations about misappropriation of funds to the tune of 64 M. UAH
in purchases of medical equipment)
Rizak, former Transcarpathian Governor (to furnish explanations with regard
to pressure having been brought to bear on some officials to make them remit
money to the charitable fund "Transcarpathia's Development")
Khodakovsky, Kherson Regional Rada chairman
(to give explanations with regard to unlawful alienation of the
Kherson Marine College's property in his favor)
Tsymbaliuk, former first vice chairman of the Khmelnytsky Regional
Administration (to furnish explanations about unlawful alienation of land
plots in favor of private individuals)
Shcherban, former Sumy Governor (to provide explanations about improper use
of budgetary funds).
Finance Ministry's outing deliberations were held in Chernihiv, conducted by
Minister Viktor Pynzenyk and attended by Finance Ministry officers, key
personnel of the region's financial, tax, custom, treasury bodies.
outing deliberations were held in Kirovograd and Cherkasy.
Economics Ministry has set the ceiling on wholesale prices for diesel oil
and gasoline at 2,932 UAH per ton of diesel oil, 3,528 UAH per ton of A-95
gasoline, 3,481 UAH per ton of A-92 gasoline, 3,455 UAH per ton of A-76
April 18 Supreme Court Chairman Vasyl Maliarenko met with a USAID expert
delegation, the Supreme Court's press service told Ukrinform.
meeting dealt with Ukraine's judicial power and ways to make it really
party briefed the USAID delegation about topical problems of the
expert group arrived in Ukraine on April 11. Their visit will last through
delegation state their mission as studying Ukraine's steps toward fighting
corruption and attaining the supremacy of Law.
April 18 69-strong personnel of the 81st Tactical Group, who arrived in Iraq
as an advance party by way of rotating personnel of the 7th Detached
Mechanized Brigade, joined the brigade's personnel in carrying out patrol
missions at the camp DELTA in Iraq's Wasit Province, the Defense Ministry's
press service told Ukrinform.
Defense Ministry's press service told Ukrinform, scheduled rotation began of
the 56th Detached Helicopter Squadron in Liberia, which will last through
April 26 and which will involve about 300-strong personnel.
the rotation operation provides for replacing four of the squadron's
fourteen helicopters, which will be airlifted to Ukraine by an AN-124 Ruslan
relief personnel will be recruited from among servicemen of the Ukrainian
Army's Western Operational Command.
supposed to be skilled helimen, who are 1st Class pilots and have flown at
least 1,000 hours.
September 2004 helimen of the 56th Detached Helicopter Squadron have flown
over 4,390 sorties on transportation and patrol missions.
to journalists in Kyiv City's Glory Park on Sunday, President Viktor
Yushchenko said Ukraine counts on regulating problems with Russia this year,
in particular, those pertaining to the Russian Black Sea Fleet's presence in
Crimea, the borderline's delimitation and promoting energy cooperation with
Yushchenko's opinion, between 25 and 30 agreements will have to be signed
between Ukraine and Russia to regulate these matters.
As far as
the Black Sea Fleet's stationing in Crimea is concerned, it is regulated by
five bipartite agreements, which, however, do not fully mirror the current
As far as
the borderline's delimitation is concerned, the President went on, during
the latest Ukrainian-Russian Summit the Heads of State agreed to solve the
problem of the Kerch Strait's demarcation, delimitation, as well as problems
of crossing the frontiers and readmission.
will necessitate signing additional six to seven agreements, President
Yushchenko told the journalists.
Viktor Yushchenko also noted unique opportunities for promoting
Ukrainian-Russian cooperation in the fuel-energy sector.
said, Ukraine's success will depend solely on Ukraine's activity.
April 18 President Viktor Yushchenko introduced the newly appointed State
Property Fund chairperson, Valentyna Semeniuk to senior SPF staffers.
Yushchenko criticized the SPF's Juridical Agency for having failed to
protect the State's interests in the KryvorichStal steel works'
privatization, which he called a graphic example of the State Property
Fund's negligence of the nation's interests.
of State outlined the SPF's major tasks in carrying out further
privatization and managing the State's corporative rights.
the SPF's chiefs to analyse the state of affairs in observance of their
obligations by former state-run enterprises' owners.
new chiefs, President Yushchenko said, must decide on three to four priority
moves, which will provide a base for the SPF's further activity.
Valentyna Semeniuk stated her vision of the SPF's major goal as restituting
the people's trust in the State Property Fund.
pledged to exert every effort to dispel widespread view of the State
Property Fund as a corruption-infested body of state authority.
Viktor Yushchenko introduced new chief of the State Affairs Management
Agency Ihor Tarasiuk on Monday, the presidential press service told
President outlined prime tasks of the agency, stressing on the need to hold
inventory of the state property and "to get rid of superfluous luxury
in cabinets". According to the President, state offices must correspond
to the Ukrainian culture and spirit, all attributes and presents, which are
used during protocol event, must be made in Ukraine and represent Ukraine.
to Mr Yushchenko, over the past years the agency has discredited itself,
having turned into "an empire with its own laws" and have become
"a symbol of state injustice". The agency new chief's main task is
to "wash from the agency these negative associations and make its
activity transparent and moral".
Yushchenko described Ihor Tarasiuk as "wise and ambitious person".
In his turn, Mr Tarasiuk thanked the President for the trust and assured the
Head of State in his awareness of the complexity of the set tasks.
told journalists, the State Affairs Management Agency means to start
reconstruction of the Mariinsky Palace. During this period, which may last
three years, the presidential residence will move to the Health Ministry.
Viktor Yushchenko has issued insttuctions for holding an international
investment forum in Ukraine on June 16 and 17.
of State has ordered to hold consultations toward securing the World
Economic Forum's support for organising the investment forum.
Premier Oleh Rybachuk has been appointed the Organising Committee's
the new authority has come to power in Ukraine with the slogan "Bandits
to Prison!", practical steps to root out crime and corruption have not
been taken, Verkhovna Rada First Vice Chairman Adam Martyniuk told a Monday
news conference in Kyiv. In Mr Martyniuk's opinion, fighting crime and
corruption, which are widespread in Ukraine, should not have started with
the Donetsk region, because this gave grounds for talking about "political
persecutions". Not only Donetsk region bandits must be brought to
justice, he said, but also bandits in other regions, such as, say, Lviv,
Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil regions (West Ukraine).
on the constitutional reform, Adam Martyniuk said there is no need to hold
an all-national referendum.
starts questioning the constitutional reform bill, which was adopted in a
single parcel with a bill on the repeated run-off, then the presidential
elections' outcome could be questioned as well,
Adam Martyniuk did not rule out the likelihood of Prime Minister Yulia
Tymoshenko stepping down in September 2005, he noted that no one was
entitled to demand Mrs Tymoshenko's resignation as this may be legally
possible only after a year has elapsed since her Government's action program
was endorsed by the Parliament.
Tymoshenko Government, Adam Martyniuk ventured to predict, will keep working
until May 2006 when the Verkhovna Rada chooses the new Cabinet.
Ukrainian delegation, led by Secretary of the National Security and Defense
Council of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, arrived in Chisinau, Moldova on an
official visit, with a view of getting prepared for a summit of GUUAM Heads
of State, which is slated for April 22, 2005.
NSDC's press service told Ukrinform, NSDC Secretary Petro Poroshenko met
with Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin. The sides viewed initiatives and
proposals by GUUAM Security Secretaries, which were offered at the April 16
consultations in Kyiv. The Moldovan President reassured the Ukrainian
Security Secretary in Moldova's comprehensive support for Ukraine's
accession to the WTO. Messrs Voronin and Poroshenko also discussed the
matter of strengthening the Ukrainian-Moldovan borderlines, deepening the
democratization processes, ensuring the economic development and regional
security. The parties to the meeting tackled the matter of establishment of
a Ukrainian-Moldovan commission on hydroaccumulation station.
Poroshenko and Vladimir Voronin were glad to state that Ukrainian and
Moldovan viewpoints on settlement of the majority of problems and common
development goals coincide.
Vice Prime Minister for European Integration Oleh Rybachuk presented an
anglophone version of the list of events of the Ukraine-EU Action Plan
"roadmap", which was endorsed at the Govt's recent session on
April 16, to the British Premier's European Affairs Adviser Kim Derek on
Monday. According to Mr Rybachuk, it is very important that British experts
are the first to consider the "roadmap", as Great Britain is the
next country to preside in the EU, and during its presidency many issues,
which are important for Ukraine's Eurointegration, may be solved. As he also
said, the "roadmap" will be presented at a scheduled session of
the Ukraine-EU Commission in Brussels.
British side noted in turn, a good fundament has been laid for the
development of Ukraine-EU relations. As he noted, a group of British experts
will visit Ukraine soon, who are to view opportunities for providing Ukraine
with a technical assistance for the "roadmap" fulfillment.
preparations for the jubilee 60th summit of the UN General Assembly, which
is to be held in September 2005, go on. A corner-stone of this process is
the report of the UN Secretary General "In sake of Larger Freedom:
Towards Development, Security and Human Rights for All", which is
devoted to the survey of a five-year progress in fulfilling the UN
SecGen met with the Far East regional group, which unites 22 UN
member-states, with a view of discussing the report. Ukraine is the group's
active participant. The Secretary General stated his support for the idea of
preserving the UN existing groups while transforming the organization, which
is, according to him, has been reflected in the report.
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's press service told Ukrinform, Ukraine's
Permanent Representative to UN Valeri Kuchynsky highly assessed the report
of Kofi Annan as an important contribution to the UN modernization process
and stated Ukraine's readiness for further cooperation
with the Secretary General for
enhancement of UN authority. The Ukrainian diplomat hailed the position by
the UN SecGen with regard to the necessity of preserving the existing
regional groups in UN. At the same time he stressed that any variant of
reform by the UN Security Council must envisage rendering additional places
to East European nations.
Kasyanov, chairman of the mixed Parliament-Government Commission for
Ukraine's accedence to the WTO, told a Monday round table in Kyiv to tackle
this problem, the date of Ukraine's accedence to the WTO will depend on the
nation's success in adjusting its legislation to WTO standards and on
consummation of Ukraine's talks with the Working Group.
presentation of the MOTOR SICH company was held at the Ukrainian Embassy in
Turkey on the occasion of the first anniversary of launching the direct
flight between Kyiv and Ankara, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sources told
officials and businessmen took part in the event.
Ukrainian company's CEO G.Maslov noted in his speech, the first air
communication between Kyiv and Ankara has become an impetus for speeding up
bipartite political, economic, cultural and humanitarian contacts between
Ukraine and Turkey.
2005 the aviation company MOTOR SICH stated its intention to exercise direct
flights from Zaporizhia to Antalya.
to the Interior Ministry's acting public relations chief Kostiantyn Stohniy,
the National INTERPOL Bureau has approached Russian law enforcement bodies
to ask them for either confirming or denying reports, which allege Ihor
Bakai's Russian citizenship.
Konstiantyn Stohniy said, if the answer is
in the affirmative the Ministry of Internal Affairs will have some
questions to ex-president Leonid Kuchma and his chief of staff Viktor
Medvedchuk about grounds which allowed Ihor Bakai to hold Russian
citizenship, while being a Ukrainian public servant.
Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Medvedchuk will have to answer questions with
regard to their step to confer the Hero of Ukraine title upon Aleksandr
Bartenev, a known criminal gang leader, nicknamed "Major," against
whom legal proceedings have been institutes.
region's administrative center hosted a Ukrainian - Lithuanian business
forum, in which senior execs of a dozen Lithuanian businesses participated.
Ukrainian party acquainted the Lithuanian business executives with the Volyn
region's investment opportunities.
Lithuanian business delegation showed their particular interest to the
region's wood treating, food and construction industries.
was attended by Volyn Governor Volodymyr Bondar, who stated the Volyn
region's trade turnover with Lithuania at 7.4 M. USD in 2004.
to Governor Bondar, the Volyn region maintains economic cooperation with
over 80 countries.
region's foreign trade turnover almost reached the 1 bn. USD mark in 2004,
Mr Bondar said.
to the Zaporizhia Region Prosecutor Office, legal proceedings have been
instituted against MOTOR SICH company execs, who are suspected of having
unlawfully sold nine aviation engines in 2002'a first half and of having
pocketed the money.
Regional Prosecutor Office has also instituted legal proceedings against
officials of the Regional Administration's Main Agency, who are suspected of
fund misappropriation. In particular, they are believed to have shared among
them part of relief funds, meant for elemental disaster-affected farmers.
to the PGO press service, a former high-ranking officer of the Kyiv Regional
Police Department has been detained as suspected of having killed Yuriy
Verediuk, who had been charged with the murder of journalist Igor
Aleksandrov, director general of the TOR tv and radio broadcasting company.
detainee's name was not divulged.
Donetsk police officers were earlier detained, who are charged with the
reported to have admitted to their crime.
Verediuk was charged with the murder, but in May 2002 the Court decided to
release him for lacking evidence of his guilt.
19, 2002 he was found dead in his cell.
was officially explained as having come through heart failure.
Lugansk Region Appellate Court is considering a criminal case, which
involves a dozen persons, suspected of having committed crimes as members of
a group, including the journalist's murder.
Saturday/Sunday night a hand grenade (equivalent to 150 grams of TNT) was
thrown over the fence of an Odesa house yard.
explosion caused material damage, but nobody suffered.
belongs to Zoya Kovaleva, an aide to people's deputy Anton Kisse and
chairperson of the Odesa regional organisation of the all-Ukrainian
organisation "Public Control."
incident, as law enforcement officers believe, should be linked to Ms
Kovaleva's public activities.
known to lead Odesa residents' actions of protest against felling trees and
entire park zones in the city's coastal strip for construction of dachas for
high-placed officials and wealthy businessmen.
Kisse was reported to have approached the Regional Prosecutor Office and the
Odesa Region Police Department to demand an investigation into what might
have been an attempt on his aide's life.
note the efficacy of a Ukrainian-Russian joint project toward improving
environmental standards of the river Seversky Donets and its basin, shared
by three regions of Ukraine and two Russian provinces (Belgorod and Kursk).
In particular, in the Kharkiv region's segment of the river there are about
600 beavers. Over the past several years concentrations of nitrates have
reduced almost eightfold, same as contents of petroleum products, heavy
metals and other harmful substances. The project's implementation has been
now extended to the river's small tributaries.
Kharkiv-based Malyshev Works has shipped an early batch of coal extracting
machines to China.
Malyshev Works will supply a total of eighteen BSHK-2DM machines to coal
mines in Shanxi and Shandong provinces.
invitation by the Hainaut Province Governor a Poltava Delegation left for
Belgium, with a view of signing a cooperation agreement, the Poltava
Regional Administration's press service told Ukrinform.
region maintains close business, economic and cultural contacts with the
Belgian province. The two states' regions regularly make academic exchanges.
April 17 People's Artist of
Georgia singer Tamara Gverdtsiteli gave a performance in Kyiv.
concert "Love's Blossom" included several Ukrainian songs and was
staged within the framework of Year of Georgia in Ukraine events.
to Kharkiv Vice Governor Yaroslav Yushchenko, who is chair of the
Coordinating Council for development of Ukrainian Cossackhood, a body under
the Governor, Kharkiv region Cossack grassroots unite over 5,000 Cossacks,
who are members of the Kharkiv Region Association of Ukrainian Cossacks.
2002 the Institute for Ukrainian Cossacks has been training teachers of
Cossack history. The Institute is a unit of the National Grygoriy Skovoroda
Pedagogical University. There are "Cossack classes" in the
region's sixteen secondary schools.