THE EMBASSY OF UKRAINE
THE REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA
UKRINFORM NEWS AGENCY
Presidential Secretariat sources told Ukrinform, on Friday, May 27 President
Viktor Yushchenko conducted deliberations, which focused on development
problems of the Ukrainian space industry.
deliberations lasted over two hours and were attended by NSA President
Academician Borys Paton, State Secretary Oleksandr Zinchenko, Deputy State
Secretary Boris Sobolev, presidential adviser Volodymyr Horbulin,
Transportation & Communication Minister Yevhen Chervonenko, acting
director general of the National Space Agency Valeri Komarov, Southern
Engineering Works director general Yuri Alekseyev, Southern Office designer
general Stanislav Konyukhov, UkrKosmos director general Aleksandr Makarov.
President Yushchenko told the attendants, he views Ukraine's space industry
as among the nation's top priorities.
of State set the task of drafting a comprehensive program for the space
deliberations' materials are supposed to provide a base for the President's
decree on revivification of space rocketry manufacture in Ukraine.
deliberations were preceded by State Secretary Oleksandr Zinchenko's trip,
on the President's errand, to Dnipropetrovsk on May 11, where Mr Zinchenko
met with chiefs of the Southern Design Office and the Southern Engineering
and the USA have signed a framework agreement on cooperation in nuclear
safety and security.
on the document, which was signed by US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman on
behalf of the US party, Emergency Management Minister Davyd Zhvaniya said
the US party will finance work to raise safety - security standards of
Ukrainian storages for fissionable wastes.
project's implementation will cost dozens of millions of dollars, the
Ukrainian Minister noted.
early phase of their cooperation the parties will work to enhance storaging
standards at RADON facilities.
seven such facilities, Mr Zhvaniya, disclosed, where radioactive wastes are
kept, including phased out x-ray apparatus and wastes from enriched uranium.
second phase of the project provides for reducing the number of these
facilities to just one.
those facilities will be scrapped which are located too close to populated
places, including Kyiv and Lviv.
particular, fissile wastes will be storaged within the Chornobyl nuke zone
at facilities, run by the enterprise VEKTOR.
to the Minister for management of emergencies and the population's
protection from the Chornobyl nuclear accident's consequences, fissile
wastes, kept at the RADON facilities, account for a mere 5 percent of the
Minister further disclosed, the parties agreed to carry out a feasibility
study within two months.
also involved the need to tighten security at the RADON facilities.
problem, Davyd Zhvaniya said, will be addressed by the NSDC. The US party,
Mr Zhvaniya noted, has suggested that Ukrainian research centers switch to
work with only low-enriched uranium.
to Mr Zhvaniya, experts contend that carrying out research work with highly
enriched uranium is inexpedient.
political processes following the new President's advent eliminate many of
those obstacles which used to bar Ukraine from diversifying its sources for
fuel supplies, Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko noted, meeting in Kyiv on
Friday with visiting US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman.
Ukrainian Head of Government stated her conviction that Ukraine and the USA
may have quite a few joint projects in the fuel-energy sector.
thanked the US party for actively assisting Ukraine is solving the Chornobyl
nuke problem and for the USA's aid to Ukraine in implementing programs
toward enhancing Ukrainian nuclear power plants' safety - security standards.
Tymoshenko particularly noted the US-based Westinghouse company's great role
in diversifying supplies of fissile fuels to Ukrainian NPPs.
Secretary Bodman stressed that the USA is pleased to be a party to financing
urgent projects for the former Chornobyl nuke.
the American party's interest to get familiar with the Ukrainian
Government's list of steps with regard to the former nuke.
to journalists after the meeting, Mr Bodman said the parties had exchanged
opinions about ways to step up bipartite cooperation.
his satisfaction with the talks with the Ukrainian Prime Minister and noted
that the thus reached agreements will be implemented in close collaboration
with the US Embassy in Kyiv.
meeting was attended by Emergency Management Minister Davyd Zhvaniya, First
Deputy Fuel & Energy Minister, ENERGOATOM national company chairman
Oleksiy Ivchenko, US Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Ukraine
John E. Herbst.
NSDC press service told Ukrinform on Friday, US Secretary of Energy Samuel
Bodman, who arrived in Kyiv on President George Bush's errand, with a view
of attaining a higher level of bipartite cooperation in implementing
agreements, reached during President Viktor Yushchenko's latest visit to the
USA, met with NSDC Secretary Petro Poroshenko.
meeting dealt with a broad rage
of cooperation issues, including America's financial aid to Ukraine in
upgrading the Shelter facility and in Ukraine's effort to improve the
nation's borderline infrastructures.
of Ukrainian-American cooperation in nuclear researches were discussed, as
parties reached an agreement on holding talks not only with US officials,
but also with potential investors toward boosting investments in the
Ukrainian economy, the energy sector, in particular.
Bodman articulated the US Administration's readiness to maximally foster
sprouts of nascent Ukrainian democracy and promises the USA's comprehensive
support for Ukraine in the latter's drive to boost the nation's energy
to Mr Bodman, he is pleased with the level and results of his meetings in
Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko told journalists in Kyiv, all the discrepancies,
which were aired at the NSDC's session on May 20 between the Head of State
and the Prime Minister, have been eliminated.
I had a
talk with the President yesterday (on May 25), and, as I believe, 99 percent
of issues were eliminated, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, we
arranged for our work toward eliminating any manifestations of disharmony
within the authority's ranks.
Tymoshenko attributed the discrepancies to the new team's continued
evolution and still imperfect interactions. During the NSDC's session Prime
Minister and the President split on the gasoline crisis.
on the debate with the President in the presence of Russian oilers, Mrs
Tymoshenko said there was a need to scare the Russian oil traders, and we
did that together.
Vice Prime Minister Anatoliy Kinakh aired his conviction that the final
decision with regard to strategic development of the domestic economy will
be best grounded, if it is based on a high professional discussion, the Vice
Prime Minister's press service told Friday.
to him, complex social-economic problems can't be solved by simple methods,
for example by searching guilty, resorting to PR and populism.
Prime Minister Kinakh noted, in the general discussion the personal opinion
of each of Govt members means a lot, as an opposition opinion is valuable.
stressed the need of a fair dialogue among the authority, the society and
Vice Prime Minister Anatoliy Kinakh urged to cease political aggravation
around Ukrainian-Russian relations, talking to journalists on Friday.
want once again to stress that Ukraine is developing as a legal democratic
state, which means the authority's strict adherence to principles of
supremacy of law, protection of rights of investors and owners,
establishment of favorable conditions for business and equal competition,
irrespectively of cooperation directions, be it West or East", the
First Vice Prime Minister stressed.
reminded, Russia is Ukraine's strategic partner, which fact won't be revised
by anyone. Ukraine and Russia have a series of prospective directions of
cooperation, particularly, joint projects of establishment of
industrial-financial groups and transnational companies in the energy sphere,
transit and cargo transportation, engineering and aircraft construction,
agrarian and mining-metallurgical areas, the First Vice Prime Minister
stated. According to him, the huge trade-economic and investment
capabilities of Ukrainian-Russian relations must be strengthened and
Antoliy Kinakh believes, Russia and Ukraine have enough wisdom and self-restrain
not to destroy the previous achievements and, relying on mutual respect,
build up cooperation and strengthen trust between the two states and peoples.
Cabinet of ministers of Ukraine approved a draft resolution by the President
of Ukraine on establishment of a commission on inventory of basic types of
armaments and materiel and their technical condition in the Armed Forces,
other paramilitary units and law-enforcement bodies of Ukraine, Ukrainian
Defense Minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko told Ukrinform correspondent.
to him, the commission is aimed at determining the necessary number of
armaments, which excess will be sold through the UkrSpetsEksport company.
The commission is also supposed to draft conclusions on the need to
modernize the materiel or to develop new armament systems.
Minister for Defense noted, the commission is scheduled to work through
October 1, 2005.
Deputy Foreign Minister Anton Buteiko held a meeting with NATO Assistant
Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Jean Fournet, who arrived in Kyiv
with a view of attending a session of the Ukraine - NATO Working Group for
science and natural environmental protection, Foreign Ministry source told
Ukrinform on Friday.
parties to the meeting exchanged opinions about the current status and
prospect of Ukraine - NATO non-military cooperation, in particular, in
science and natural environmental protection. Special attention was given to
deepening cooperation in informing the public.
Fournet informed the host side about his vision of NATO - Ukraine
cooperation in the future, in particular, in the context of the Intensified
Membership Dialogue, which was initiated at the Ukraine
- NATO Commission's April 21 session in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Thursday NaftoGaz Ukrainy chairman Oleksiy Ivchenko ,et with President Ilham
Aliyev of Azerbaijan to discuss conclusion of an agreement between the
Ukrainian company and the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan on long-term
cooperation in extracting petroleum and natural gas in Azerbaijan and in
supplies of Azeri crude oil and petroleum products to Ukraine.
Ivchenko and Aliyev also discussed establishment of a mixed joint-stock
company by the NaftoGaz Ukrainy and the Azerbaijanian State Oil Company,
with a view of transporting crude petroleum via the Baku - Supsa and Odesa -
Brody pipelines to Europe.
to the NaftoGaz Ukrainy public relations, Oleksiy Ivchenko, who led a
delegation to Azerbaijan, held talks with Natik Aliyev, president of the
State Oil Company, which resulted in an agreement to form and staff working
groups in charge of drafting documents, which will be readied for signing
during President, Viktor Yushchenko's visit to Azerbaijan, slated for July
the Ukrainian delegation's stay in Azerbaijan they attended solemn
ceremonies to open the Azerbaijanian segment of the Baku - Tbilisi - Jeihan
Ivchenko met with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan to discuss
preparations for President Yushchenko's visit to Kazakhstan on May 30.
Ivchenko also met with President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia to discuss
problems relating to the Baku - Tbilisi - Jeihan oil pipeline project.
played host to yet another round of Ukrainian and Russian expert groups'
consultations toward delimitating the marine borderline in the Black Sea,
the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.
Ukrainian delegation were led by roving ambassador Aleksandr Kupchishin, the
Foreign Ministry's press service told Ukrinform on Friday.
25 - 26 consultations helped the parties narrow their differences.
the Ukrainian side stated concern over the Russian party's non-constructive,
unlawful stand on the Kerch Strait, which refuses to accept the former
USSR's borderlines there as the Ukrainian-Russian borderline.
Ambassador to China Serhiy Kamyshev met with Director of the National
Nuclear Safety Administration of China (NNSA), Vice Minister of the State
Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) Wang Yuqing on Thursday, the
Ukrainian Embassy in China sources told Ukrinform.
Yuqing briefed the Ukrainian envoy about the NNSA activities in the sphere
of control over exploitation of nuclear power facilities, including nuclear
power plants, and the Chinese Government's strategy to enhance the peaceful
use of atomic power and to prevent emergencies in this domain.
said, a visit by a NNSA delegation to Ukraine is slated for June-July, which
is aimed at deepening Ukrainian-Chinese cooperation in nuclear safety,
sharing experience in overcoming consequences of emergencies and studying
the security system at Ukrainian NPPs.
Kamyshev familiarized his interlocutor about Ukraine's concrete steps in the
context of preparations for the 20th anniversary of the Chornobyl
catastrophe and activities of Ukrainian scientists, engineers and doctors in
elimination of consequences of the Chornobyl disaster.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Hungary Yuriy Mushka, who was recently elected
Secretary of the Danube Commission, told Ukrinform's Budapest-based
correspondent, shortly the last barrier will be removed to resume unhampered
merchant shipping along the Danube.
of the Sloboda bridge in Novi Sad is nearing completion, the Ambassador
disclosed, the Danube Commission heard a report about the draft of a new
convention on free shipping along the Danube, which will amend the Belgrade
Convention of 1948 and which is likely to be approved next year.
Crimean Prime Minister Anatoliy Matviyenko told a Friday news conference in
Kyiv, in 22 days the Crimean authority will stage a tender for developing
the Pontic Shelf's deposits of carbohydrate fuels.
Matviyenko contended, the Black Sea's deposits of these will dwarf those of
the Caspian Sea.
Matviyenko also stated the peninsular autonomous republic's interestedness
in transit transportation of Caspian oil, which can be carried not only via
the Odesa Seaport, but also across Crimea's territory.
National Bank of Ukraine is continuously monitoring the hryvnia's exchange
rate on the interbank currency market and will not allow any upheavals to
happen, Mykola Melnychuk, director of the NBU Department for managing
currency reserves, told correspondents in Kyiv Friday.
noted, after the elections the NBU withstood the agitated attack of "hot
2005's first four months, he disclosed
non-residents bought 670 M. USD's worth of state loan bonds. Within
just one week (April 13 - 20) supply of currency on the interbank currency
exchange exceeded demand by 611 M. USD.
view of stoppering the influx of speculator capital, on April 21 the NBU
resorted to a momentary move to revaluate the hryvnia by 2.7 percent,
setting the UAH's exchange rate at 5.05 UAH per dollar.
to Mykola Melnychuk, the UAH's consolidation will diminish inflation-
related pressure on internal prices, will make critical imports cheaper,
will diminish the economy's dollarization.
admitted, the impact of the national monetary unit's revaluation shocked the
investment segment and Ukrainian exporters, which may adversely affect the
economy's development in 2005.
of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine Mykola Selivon met with
representatives of constitutional courts from 18 countries and scientists,
participants in the 13th International Conference of Judges, which was
underway in Kyiv on Thursday.
Constitutional Court's press service told Ukrinform, Mykola Selivon told the
guests about functions, structure and activity of the Constitutional Court
of Ukraine and its role to ensure the supremacy of the basic law in the
state and society. As an example he cited some cases. He particularly told
the participants about the decisions, which are aimed at protecting rights
and freedoms of a person and a citizen.
Selivon briefed the guests about the Constitutional Court's international
Friday, May 27 Minister of Internal Affairs Yuriy Lutsenko and Clearing
Chamber Chairman Valentyn Symonenko signed an agreement on the two organs'
interactions in uncovering an preventing misappropriation of funds.
agreement provides, in particular, for exchanging information about findings
of the Clearing Chamber's checks and revisions and for the Interior
Ministry's steps to safeguard Clearing Chamber personnel's security.
to Minister Lutsenko, cooperation between the two bodies will be helpful in
bridling fund misappropriation.
example Mr Lutsenko cited misdeeds, which the Clearing Chamber uncovered and
following which the Interior Ministry launched an investigation into
allotment last year of 50 M. UAH from the budget allegedly to finance
photomapping of the Kyiv-Odesa autobahn by aircraft, which work was never
resumed investigation of facts of mass disorders near the Central Electoral
Commission, in which representatives of the public organization "Union
of Ukrainians of Transdniestria" and the all-Ukrainian public
organization "Bratstvo" participated in 2004, the Ukrainian
Interior Ministry's public relations told Ukrinform.
connection the Ukrainian Interior Ministry addressed the leading tv channels
to render video materials they possess on the facts of September 23, 2004
disorders near the CEC.
Interior Ministry reminded, some 60 representatives of the said
organizations, led by candidate for the presidency Dmytro Korchynsky, were
committing hooligan actions for 40 minutes in the CEC premises, as a result
of which Ukrainian State Security officers got physical injuries. Criminal
proceedings were instituted on the fact of violations on September 27, 2004
under article 293 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (public disorders). But
under a direction from the Presidential Administration, the criminal case
was groundlessly closed.
As of May
27 the illegal decision was canceled and the investigation was resumed.
Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko told Ukrinform's metropolitan correspondent
on Friday ex-premier Viktor Yanukovych and the ex-president's chief of staff
Viktor Medvedchuk have been summoned to four regional police departments to
testify as witnesses.
Yanukovych and Medvedchuk are to give explanations about certain land plots
and buildings in Ivano-Frankivsk region.
particular, Viktor Medvedchuk has been requested to give explanations with
regard to alienation of a land plot to construct the Beskyd recreational
center in the village of Muslivka, Ivano-Frankivsk region.
have to either confirm or deny reports, which allege that the center belongs
to either him or his family.
Yanulkovyh and former Ivano-Frankivsk vice governor Myroslav Blashchuk will
be questioned in connection with illegal transfer of land plots for
constructing cottages to them in the Mulivka forestry.
Viktor Yanukovych and Viktor Medvedchuk are to be questioned in Crimea,
Transcarpathian region and Kyiv City.
into account their modest hobby of collecting dachas, they will have to make
a tour of Ukraine.
needs financial and technical aid by European institutes in combating
illegal migration, Ukrainian Minister for Internal Affairs Yuriy Lutsenko
said at a meeting with representative of the International Organization for
Migration in Ukraine Jeffrey Labowitz. "Ukraine has practically become
a buffer zone for illegals, who are heading for Europe. Independently,
without the European Union's assistance, it's impossible to counteract to
such number of migrants", the Minister said.
Lutsenko cited such data, since early 2005 some 5,000 illegal migrants have
been detained in Ukraine, about 4,000 of them have been already departed,
the rest are staying in special establishments. Some 2.5 M. UAH has been
spent to these ends.
to the Interior Minister, the situation can be improved by means of
establishment of a system to obstacle the growth of flow of illegal migrants,
which could include technical equipment improvements and establishment of a
central data bank. In particular, Yuriy Lutsenko asked the IOM
representative to view the possibility of financial support of introduction
of the "Kazakh project" in Ukraine on identification of persons by
representative briefed his interlocutor about the recent projects by the EU
and the European Commission, which are directed at helping Ukraine and other
states to relieve certain problems of illegal migration. One of the biggest
projects is allotment of 4 M.Euros for developing centers, where detainees
are kept. This project contains voluntary return of migrants to their native
country, he said. The IOM plans to hold a meeting with Ukrainian,
Belarussian and Moldovan officials, with a view of determining the needs of
these countries, and, thus, planning the further aid.
Security Service Chairman Aleksandr Turchinov told journalists in Kyiv, the
Security Service will approach Transportation & Communication Minister
Yevhen Chervonenko to get information about the whereabouts of Ihor Bakai,
former head of the State Agency for managing the Presidential
Turchinov said this, by way of commenting on known the Minister's statement
that during his recent working trip to Moscow he met there with Ihor Bakai
and talked to him.
to Aleksandr Turchinov, the Security Service has appealled to the FSB to
request their aid in locating Ihor Bakai and starting the process of his
extradition to Ukraine.
about Yevhen Chervonenko's meeting with Ihor Bakai was rather stunning, Mr
Turchinov noted, as Mr Chervonenko should have know about Ihor Bakai having
been declared wanted.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Office instituted criminal proceedings with
regard to UkrZaliznytsia (Ukrainian Rail Road Administration) officials'
transfer of more than 3,000 special-purpose cars, which are preliminary
estimated at 160 M. hryvnias, to a Donetsk commercial entity, the Ukrainian
Prosecutor General Office's press service told Ukrinform. According to it,
the criminal proceedings were instituted under article 364 of the Criminal
Code of Ukraine (misuse of authority).
goes on investigating facts of misuse of authority by UkrZaliznytsia
officials. Under suspicion of committing these crimes and in connection with
their preventing to establishment of truth, three officials were detained
two of them were put to custody.
May 27 the 2nd International Anti-Terrorism Forum, which got under way in
Kyiv on May 24, drew to a close.
at a follow-up press conference, representatives of the International
Anti-Terrorism Unity said this public organization, in conjunction with the
Security Service of Ukraine, had drafted a comprehensive educational program
on the subject of combating terrorism.
program proceeds from the
assumption that combating terrorism necessitates joint efforts by state
authority bodies and NGOs.
Defense Ministry press service told Ukrinform Friday, a delegation of Danish
Defense Ministry ecologists are visiting Ukraine, with a view of jointly
implementing a natural environmental protection project in Kyiv region,
which provides for restoring natural environments through introducing a
system of management of natural environments and landscapes in the vicinity
of Divychky, Kyiv region, where an artillery range is located.
project is being financed by the Danish side.
Security Service public relations told Ukrinform, on Friday a solemn public
gathering was held at the Security Service Center for culture and arts,
which was timed to Day of Borderguard and which was attended by State
Borderguard Service personnel, their families.
Secretary Oleksandr Zinchenko, Vice Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee
for national defense and security Borys Andresiuk, Chairman of the State
Committee for matters of veterans Serhiy Chervonopyskiy were among the
guests of honor.
On May 25
the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry convened its 7th Congress in
Kyiv, which drew about 160 delegates and foreign guests, including Vladimir
Bobrov, chairman of the Belarussian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sergei
Katyrin, vice president of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Todor Lavrov, president of the Moldovan Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
of greetings to the Congress came from Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr
Lytvyn, Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko, First Vice Premier Anatoliy Kinakh,
Ukrainian diplomats, chiefs of Ukrainian expo companies.
social-economic conditions Ukraine is seeking to enter the global economy
and has already promoted its brands of commodities on foreign markets, to
which the Chamber of Commerce and Industry has contributed very heavily.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry has done much to support Ukrainian
producers and will continue this effort, the Speaker's message of greetings
the current period of Ukraine's transition to market economy the Chamber of
Commerce and Industry continues greatly facilitating Ukrainian producers'
advent onto international markets, which can be attested by the fact that in
2000-2005 agreements were concluded with 88 nations and over 900 expos and
fairs were staged abroad, in which 46,000 Ukrainian producers participated,
the Prime Minister's message of greetings said.
at the 7th Congress, CII president Serhiy Skrypchenko briefed the audience
about the Chamber's work in 2000-2004 and outlined the organisation's chief
tasks and objectives in 2005.
on promotion of foreign trade, Serhiy Skrypchenko said over that time 573
delegations from almost 70 countries visited the Ukrainian Chamber of
Commerce and Industry, over 30 business missions were organised to foreign
countries, economic relations with which are of interest to Ukraine.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry continues working toward Ukraine's
accedence to the World Trade Organisation and promoting economic relations
with EU members.
Skrypchenko singled out as particularly important the Chamber's
participation in the 12th Congress of the EuroChamber in October 2004, which
Vienna, Austria hosted.
pointed to the 3d Economic Forum in Lviv into matters of transborder
cooperation in 2002 as another salient event in the Chamber's history, along
with the 4th Forum "Through Goodneighborliness To United Europe's
Prosperity" and traditional Ukraine - Poland fora.
cooperation with CIS member-nations, the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and
Industry has been actively participating in sessions of the CIS Council of
directors of chambers of commerce and trade and in joint work to draft
In 2000 -
2004 the Chamber of Commerce and Industry established 16 bipartite business
councils in Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Hungary, other nations.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry is co-founder of the Polish-Ukrainian
Economic Chamber, the Union of Economic Cooperation "Ukraine - Czech
Republic," and a participant in the BSEC and GUAM Economic Councils.
the Chamber of Commerce and Industry has established its permanent
representation offices in Afghanistan, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany,
Hungary, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Serbia and Montenegro, Switzerland.
to Serhiy Skrypchenko, the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is
also engaged in implementing a number of international programs, in systemic
work to draw foreign capital investments, in expo-related activities.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry continues attracting Ukrainian experts and
specialists to expos and fairs in virtually every European country, as well
as Middle East, Asian and African countries.
Skrypchenko said, one of major areas of the Chamber's activity is expertise
and certification of commodities. In particular, since its establishment the
Chamber of Commerce and Industry has carried almost 500 expertises of
domestic commodities, which has greatly enhanced the Ukrainian economy's
on the Chamber's tasks and objectives, Serhiy Skrypchenko listed these as
specifying the Chamber's role as a go-between to mediate business-authority
relations, facilitation of the Ukrainian economy's innovative investment
development, promotion of processes, aimed at Ukraine's accedence to the WTO
and eventually to the EU, expanding cooperation with CIS countries toward
creation of a CIS Free Trade Zone.
Skrypchenko also stated the Chamber's yet another important task as
assisting the new Ukrainian authority in amassing basic assets, overcoming
the shadow economy, enhancing domestic producers' competitiveness on
international markets and promoting Ukraine's profile in the world.
to the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine, capital investments in the
Ukrainian economy over this year's first four months totalled 14.7 bn. UAH.
of the investments (85.8 percent of the total) were made in capital assets (capital
construction, acquisition of equipment), expenses involving
acquisition and creation of other non-circulating assets, purchases
of land plots, containers, and so, and accounted for 2.2 percent of the
0.5 percent was invested in increasing livestock herds. Non-material assets
drew 3.1 percent of the total investment, while 8.4 percent of the aggregate
investment was spent on modernization of facilities.
own means remained the major source for investment (68.9 percent of the
total). The share of central and local budgets amounted to 6.2 percent of
the total, while money from foreign investors accounted for 6.0 percent of
population's share in investments in construction of dwellings was 3.8
percent of the total investments. Spending on natural environmental
protection and rational use of natural resources amounted to 1.1 percent of
January - March period enterprises of all proprietorial status spent 12.6 bn.
UAH, which was 4.5 percent more than in last year's similar period.
in investment in main assets were registered in 13 regions, most actively in
Kirovograd, Zhytomyr, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Vinnytsia, Ivano-Frankivsk
regions, Kyiv City and Sevastopol.
As far as
investments in main assets are concerned, 51.9 percent of these was used to
purchase machinery and equipment, 41.5 percent was spent on construction of
facilities and equipment mounting.
the case in 2004, the bulk of investments were made in extracting and
treating industries, facilities for generation of electric power,
distribution of gas and water supplies.
percent of these was made in treating industries, 1.2 times more than in
sizeably grew in manufacture of rubber articles and plastics (3.1 times),
textile and sewing industries (2.8 times), in manufacture of leather goods
and leather footwear (2 times).
in investments were registered in pulp-paper making industry, printing and
publishing (- 69.8 percent), manufacture of glassware and construction
materials (- 33.5 percent).
transportation and communication sectors witnessed 1.1fold and 1.5fold
increases in capital investment, respectively.
investment in construction of dwellings totalled 1,751.4 M. UAH, 5 percent
down from last year's figure for the same period (13.9 percent of the
April 1, 2005, investors from 116 foreign nations invested 8.8 bn. USD in
the Ukrainian economy.
of major foreign investors was
topped by the USA (13.7 percent of the total).
was followed by Cyprus (12.7 percent), Britain (10.17 percent), the Virgin
Islands (7.8 percent), Germany (6.9 percent), the Netherlands (6.4 percent),
Russia (5.8 percent), Austria (4.0 percent).
third of foreign capital investments was made in wholesale trade enterprises,
trade agencies, food industry, processing of agricultural products.
investments were also made in the realty sector (8.8 percent of the total),
financial activity (8.1 percent), engineering (7.6 percent), transport and
communication (7.5 percent), chemical, petrochemical industries (5.2 percent),
metallurgy and metal treatment (4.9 percent).
As Industrial Policy Minister Volodymyr Shandra told the weakly Zerkalo
Nedeli ("Week's Mirror"), the Ministry is engaged in talks with
the company JPMorgan Europe and the Switzerland-based bank Credit Suisse
First Boston toward investing in a joint lease project in the aircraft
to the Minister, the Swiss bank has sent a message to the Ukrainian party to
intimate its readiness for investing in the promising project because using
leasing schemes is currently the main mode of selling domestically made
project promises turnover, computable in billions of US dollars.
Shandra stressed in his interview to the Zerkalo Nedeli, only very large,
powerful companies can cope with a project of this magnitude. Mr Shandra
aired his hope in this connection that such a corporation will be
established in Ukraine this year.
seriously mean to establish Ukraine as an aircraft making nation on the
global market of aircraft, the Minister contended, we must set up the
corporation on the base of existent state-owned aircraft making enterprises.
and coordinating their efforts will secure the results we wish to attain, he
make the aircraft manufacturers interested in the designers' work, so that
the latter category's effort is duly remunerated.
entire world is moving towards integration, the Minister was further quoted
Volodymyr Shandra admitted, there are rather many reservations with regard
to setting up the integrated corporation.
thing, Mr Shandra said, is the aircraft industry enterprises' financial
instance, the O.K. Antonov Aircraft Design-Manufacturing Complex can boast
of relative financial stability, but the Kharkiv State-Owned Aviation
Production Enterprise (KSAPE) has significant credit indebtedness.
all the aviation industry enterprises are unanimous on the need to integrate.
as aircraft making enterprises remain isolated every enterprise will have to
think about running its servicing centers.
has been stated by Ukraine's potential customers in Sudan, who say there
must be such a center to render technical maintenance services to operators
of Ukrainian planes.
servicing centers involves great expenses, so this job should be
collectively dealt with. In particular, Ukraine's contract with Sudan
provides for allocating 10 M. USD for getting up an aircraft servicing
center in Sudan.
Industrial Policy Minister said, Ukraine has markets to sell its aircraft.
Once there were 22,000 AN family planes, flying in the world.
two thirds of that number have been phased out by now, a most 7,000 AN
planes are operational.
this fact, we must be sober-minded on Ukraine's chances for success in
setting established on the international market of aircraft because the
Ukrainian aircraft making industry has assembled only 22 planes over the
past five years.
KSAPE's rate of assembling aircraft is pretty low, a mere 0.7 plane almost.
So, the KSAPE should raise it to at least one plane a month.
productivity in the Ukrainian aircraft making industry is about 43,000 UAH
per worker per month, whereas in Europe it reaches 200,000 euros per worker
Ukraine's advent onto the international market of aircraft will entail
additional spending on servicing centers, on advertising Ukrainian planes,
and so on, Volodymyr Shandra noted.
servicing sellers for maintenance of AN family planes have been set up in
over 35 countries, though there centers AN planes repair works in Russia (two),
Cuba, India, Vietnam (one in each country), are Ukrainian experts can repair
an AN plane within 72 hours, at best, whereas a Boeing plane is normally
repaired within ten hours.
Industrial Policy Minister further disclosed, in the first stage of forming
the corporation its members will retain the status of juridical persons.
addition to the two aviation industry's flagships (O.K. Antonov and KSAPE),
the corporation will include the Kyiv works # 450 and the UkrNDIAT (Ukrainian
Research Institute for Aviation Transportation).
to the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine, in January - April industrial
production output increased by 6.7 percent, as compared with 2004's first
extracting industries production output grew by 3.7 percent, on average.
Extraction of metal ores increased by 9.4 percent, of coal and turf by 0.1
percent; extraction of coal totalled 970,000 tons and of natural gas reached
6.4 bn. cu. m.
of iron ore and manufacture of non-agglomerated concentrates reached 23.1 M.
tons, and 22.5 M. tons of
agglomerated concentrates was made, which was 8.2 percent and 6.8 percent
more than over 2004's January - April period. In treating industries
production output increased by 7.1 percent.
output in food making and
processing industries grew by 16 percent. Biggest increments were registered
in processing of vegetables, berries, fruit (+ 22.8 percent), production of
pasta articles (+ 22.5 percent), cigarets (21.9 percent), beverages (+ 20.5
percent), meat products (+ 19.5 percent), pastry and confectionery articles
(+ 18.1 percent), bread and bread articles (+ 6 percent), fats (+ 4.6
percent), cereals and flour (+ 2.3 percent).
of 169,000 tons of fruit and vegetable juices, 10,800 tons of jams, 31.300
tons of pasta articles, 37 bn. cigarets, 736,000 decaliters of cognac, 14.9
M. decaliters of vodka, other kinds of spirits, 59.8 M. decaliters of beer,
45.5 M. decaliters of soft drinks, 164,000 tons of meat, 99,800 tons of
sausages, 244,000 tons of milk, 78,100 tons of fat cheeses, 160,000 tons of
sour milk products, 33,200 tons of canned milk, 87,000 tons of chocolate
articles, 110,000 tons of confectionery articles was made.
industries registered a 3.2 percent average growth. Manufacture of blankets
and plaids increased twofold, manufacture of wool yarn grew 1.6 times,
manufacture of linen, woolen fabrics, chemical fibers, cotton yarn and
cotton fabrics, hosiery, rugs increased by between 5 percent and 17 percent.
of woodenware increased by 24 percent. Manufacture of wooded frames for
doors, windows, thresholds, plywood, boards, increased by between 66 percent
and 29.2 percent.
making industry and publishing increased production output by 16.9 percent.
Production of goffered paper and cardboard grew by 22 percent and 35 percent.
of wallpaper increased by 7 percent, though a sizeable, 35 percent reduction
was registered in manufacture of notebooks.
and metal treatment registered negligible increments in production output,
which grew by a meger 0.5 percent in January - April 2005 versus last year's
of cast, pig iron, steel, ferrous alloys increased by 3.4 percent, of steel
pipes by 24.1 percent, of primaty cast iron and steel by 4.5 percent.
January 1 and April 30 10.6 M. tons of cast iron, 9.8 M. tons of steel, 7.5
M. tons of rolled metal, 753,000 tons of pipes was made. Manufacture of non-ferrous
metals diminished by 40.6 percent.
kept the upward trend, having registered an 11.9 percent growth in
production output. Production output in automaking industry, in manufacture
of equipment for metallurgy, computers increased by 45.3 percent, 38.2
percent, 34.5 percent, respectively.
of household appliances, machine tools, machines for processing of
agricultural products, agricultural machinery, electric motors and
accessories grew by 9.1 percent, 7.5 percent, 4.1 percent, 3.8 percent and
2.8 percent, respectively.
January - April period almost 202,000 ice-boxes, 116,000 washing machines,
22,800 vacuum cleaners, 952 machine tools for wood treatment, 1,600 tractors
for agriculture and forestries, 8,600 desktop computers, 54,000 automobiles,
1,000 buses was made.
and petrochemical industries posted a 14.3 percent growth. Manufacture of
chemicals increased by 13.3 percent, of basal chemicals by 12.6 percent, of
lacquers and dyes by 9.2 percent.
pharmaceutical industry registered a 16.1 percent growth. Manufacture of
soaps, perfumery, cosmetics, detergents, polishers increased by 33.3 percent.
of potassium fertilizers, sulfur acid, formaldehyde, methanol, aluminum
sulfate, caustic soda, calcinate soda grew by between 14 percent and 30
percent, though production of phosphated fertilizers, calcium carbonate
decreased by 48 percent to 58 percent, and manufacture of compound ethers
diminished by 16 percent to 28 percent.
making works decreased production output by 5 percent. Manufacture of diesel
oil, oil fuel decreased by 7.1 percent and 9.3 percent respectively, though
manufacture of gasolines increased by 10.1 percent.
electric power plants generated a total of 67.4 bn. kWh of electricity.
Generation of electricity at fuel-fired, nuclear and hydroelectric power
plants increased respectively by 0.6 percent, 10.2 percent and 0.9 percent.
of dialogue between Ukraine and the European Union in the area of energy
will be at the center of attention when the director of the European
Commission for Energy and Transport, Francois Lamure, visits Ukraine from
June 2 to 4.
Ukrainian representative office at the European Union disclosed this to
Lamure will participate in an international industrial conference on the
future of Ukraine’s gas transport system within the context of
liberalization of the European Union’s gas market, which will take place
in Kyiv on June 3 under the auspices of the INOGATE program.
also discuss prospects for developing cooperation in the areas of energy and
transport with Ukrainian government officials.
Lamure is expected to meet with President Viktor Yuschenko, Prime Minister
Yulia Tymoshenko, and First Deputy Prime Minister Anatolii Kinakh during the
visit to discuss concrete projects within the framework of the
Ukrainian-European Union high-level dialogue on energy.
they will discuss reform of the energy sector, the oil and gas transport
system, energy efficiency, nuclear energy, nuclear safety, the restructuring
of the coal sector, and safety at coal mines.
Lamure plans to visit a regional meteorological center that is being built
in Ukraine with assistance from the European Union.
of the foreign affairs ministers of the member-countries of the Central
European Initiative took place in Slovakia from May 26 to 27.
to information from the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Deputy Foreign
Affairs Minister Ihor Dolhov led Ukraine’s delegation to the meeting.
participants in the meeting discussed the political situation in the Central
European region and ways of deepening cooperation between the Central
European Initiative and the expanded European Union.
participants in the meeting welcomed the political changes that took place
Central European Initiative stated its readiness to assist Ukraine in its
bid to integrate into the European Union and NATO.
document adopted at the end of the meeting states that the success of
Ukraine’s integration into Europe will be of significant importance to the
promotion of European values in the eastern part of the continent as well as
for the unification of Europe in general.
of the delegations to the meeting also held detailed discussions on the
situation in the Balkan region.
decision was made to establish institutional ties between the Central
European Initiative and the European Union and grant the European Commission
observer status within the Central European Initiative.
of the Ukrainian delegation stressed the importance of greater involvement
of the Central European Initiative in the introduction of the
Ukrainian-European Union action plan.
of delegations also welcomed the intensive dialogue between Ukraine and NATO
on membership and reform.
Dolhov also held several bilateral meetings.
discussed prospects for deepening cooperation between the Central European
Initiative and Ukraine and active involvement of Ukraine in the activities
of the Central European Initiative with the director-general of the Central
met with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s
Secretary-General Jan Kubis and the deputy foreign affairs ministers of
Poland, Moldova, Belarus, Macedonia, and Albania.
Nations Undersecretary General Antonio Maria Costa, who heads the United
Nations department for fighting narcotics and crimes, has expressed the
desire to pay a visit to Ukraine, where, according to him, the campaign
against crime and corruption has an important place in the society.
speaking to delegates at the fourteenth session of the United Nations
commission on crime prevention and criminal justice, which closed in Vienna
to information from the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs
Ministry, the participants in the session discussed the results of the
eleventh United Nations congress on crime prevention and criminal justice
that recently closed in Thailand.
Ukrainian delegation to the fourteenth session of the United Nations
commission on crime prevention and criminal justice was led by Ukraine’s
representative at Geneva-based international organizations, Ambassador
delegation included representatives of the Prosecutor-General’s Office,
the Security Service of Ukraine, and the Interior Affairs Ministry.
of the Ukrainian delegation participated in work on draft decisions on
fighting transnational crime and improving criminal justice.
they co-authored a resolution on international practical application of
standard bilateral agreements on distribution of confiscated criminal assets.
important agreements on accelerating technical cooperation and modernization
of the Ukrainian law enforcement system in line with international standards
were reached during bilateral meetings with the leadership of the Vienna
Viktor Yushchenko agreed to suspend the process of meting out Ukrainian
state distinctions starting from June already, with a view of drafting clear
and transparent decoration mechanisms, First Deputy Secretary of State Ivan
Vasiunyk told a Friday news briefing. According to him, such a decision was
drafted by members of the commission for decorations and heraldry under the
President of Ukraine at its last session.
to Ivan Vasiunyk, since the commission has been established the current
session was the fourth, while only in 2004 as much as 41 persons were
decorated with Hero of Ukraine Title. "I don't think you know a third
of these names", he said. According to the data he cited, the number of
decorations increased almost twofold in the pre-election period.
to him, between 1999 and 2004 some 43,000 Ukrainian citizens were decorated
with state distinctions, which is practically every thousandth citizen of
majority of the commission members agreed on the new system of approach to
"People's" and "Merited" titles, without canceling the
status of the recipients, with certain exceptions under the Ukrainian
presidential press secretary Iryna Herashchenko told the news briefing,
moratorium for titles' meting out will be extended for June 6, when Day of
Journalist is marked. According to Ms Herashchenko, it will be honest in
relations between the state and journalists, if the President congratulates
the "fourth power", whom he has much respect to, in another way.
"It is important that the title was high and was proposed by the
audience first of all", the presidential press secretary said.
President Viktor Yushchenko believes, gaining Ukrainian citizenship must
become a holiday, not a routine action, presidential press secretary Iryna
Herashchenko told a Friday news briefing. As she said, the second session of
the presidential commission on citizenship matters was held on Friday, which
viewed and supported an initiative by Viktor Yushchenko on introduction of a
solemn ceremony of passport presentation to citizens of Ukraine, both to
persons who reach 16, and to those who take out Ukrainian citizenship.
particular, President Yushchenko proposed that every new citizen of Ukraine
was presented a special greeting by the President, a sample of the
Constitution and the text of the Ukrainian Anthem.
Viktor Yushchenko will make a working visit to Ternopil region on May 28,
presidential press secretary Iryna Herashchenko told a Friday news briefing.
to her, the visit is mainly aimed at touring his alma mater, the Ternopil
State Economic University and meeting with its academics, students and
graduates. The President graduated this University 30 years ago.
Viktor Yushchenko will visit Zaporizhia region on June 4, presidential press
secretary Iryna Herashchenko told a Friday news briefing.
to her, Viktor Yushchenko will tour Khortytsia and meet with business and
political figures and journalists.
Yushchenko told journalists in Kyiv Friday, he intends to publish an album
of photos he made.
about 700 photos, which I started taking, while canvassing regions during
the 2004 presidential campaign, Viktor Yushchenko noted.
to the President, he is keen on photography and normally uses a Nicon camera.
day, he said, my attention was riveted to the sunset on a lawn, studded with
white caps of dandelions, and I made a beautiful photo.
personal site of President Viktor Yushchenko will be renewed, to which end a
tender will be announced, presidential press secretary Iryna Herashchenko
told a Friday news briefing at the Secretariat of President of Ukraine.
current official site of the President, www.president.gov.ua , is concerned,
its ideology is quite clear. It is aimed at rendering official information
about the Ukrainian Head of State and the Secretariat. This is the first
time when the official Internet site of the President contains the page of
questions by the journalists on whether a juvenile page will be placed on
the official site, as on the site of the Russian President, or the pet page,
as on the US President site, Iryna Herashchenko said that informal
information may be placed only on the personal site of the President.
presidential press secretary stressed, neither the Secretariat nor the
President has anything to do with the site www.president.org.ua . "We've
conducted a small service investigation and found out that the site is
registered in Australia. It exists for several years already and is aimed at
adding filth to covering the presidential activity", press secretary
Iryna Herashchenko said.
addressed the journalists to send their remarks with regard to recently
refreshed official site of the Head of State by e-mail.
Cabinet's Thursday session endorsed procedures, under which citizens'
devalued bank accounts, once placed with the USSR's Savings Bank, will be
reimbursed in 2005.
to Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko, the scheme is both simple and
rationale proceeds from the fact that many citizens, who were barred from
their deposits, could not timely and fully pay charges
for public amenities and rentals, so their debts will be written off
by way of the State's settlement with them.
Crimean Prime Minister Anatoliy Matviyenko told a Friday press conference in
Kyiv, he supports the idea of making the Massandra Palace the President's
residence, though this will necessitate the Massandra Palace's restoration.
he said, the Massandra Palace must be open to visitors, as is practised in
National Institute for Problems of International Security (a body under the
NSDC) and the Friedrich Ebert Fund's Representation to Ukraine, Belarus and
Moldova sponsored a round table to address ways toward deepening
transborder-regional cooperation, which was attended by leading experts.
participants discussed the subject of Ukraine bettering interregional
cooperation with the limitrophe states in the context of globalization.
Transportation & Communication Minister Yevhen Chervonenko participated
in the 89th Session of the Conference of European transportation ministers,
which focused on development of high-quality transportation infrastructures
Chervonenko reiterated Ukraine's
initiative to restore the Great Silk Road and suggested that marine shipping
be entered in the scope of the Conference's activities.
Mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko told journalists on Friday, while attending a
ceremony to open the Karavayevy Dachi railroad terminal in Kyiv,
construction of a new automobile - railroad bridge across the Dnieper and
the Darnytsia Railroad Terminal cannot be discontinued for practical and
first place, the Mayor noted, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed a bill to
this effect, which earmarks 700 M. USD for financing the construction
projects, secondly, there is a Cabinet resolution that specifies the period,
within which the bridge's construction should be completed.
there is a real need for both the Bridge and the terminal, Mr Omelchenko
Danish Environmental Protection Agency has offered the Kharkiv City-Hall to
aid Ukraine's second biggest city in disposal of solid household wastes,
using technologies, which allow to convert by-gases into teat or electric
is to construct a facility to apply such technologies at Kharkiv City's
Dergachev dump. An experiment is under way in Kharkiv to separate solid
household and other wastes.