Monday, 2 November, 2009, 20:17 Western Ukraine
Health minister pleads to know-all politicians to stop handing out recommendations on flue prevention

Nov. 2, Ukraine Health Minister Vasyl Knyazevych publicized his appeal to Ukrainian politicians. “I’m calling on you to refrain from fueling tensions in the country, creating panic and spreading pseudo medical recommendations in the media,” his appeal runs.

Down is the full text of his appeal:

"Today, the country is faced with a serious challenge. The swine flue outbreak has reached Ukraine, and we need to coordinate work of all branches of power. Instead, as witnessed by the recent events, the grave situation we are in is exploited by politicians for settling political scores and engaging in unconstructive criticism.

I regard all the accusations of financial abuse leveled against the health ministry as an attempt to paralyze the vital work of its officials aimed at coordinating anti-flue activities of various bodies. As minister, I promise to cooperate in starting all kinds of checks and investigations against ministry officials but only after the flue epidemic has been minimized.

I also urge all politicians, even those with medical education, to refrain from comments and advice in the media on how to treat the swine flue. At present, political rhetoric around the flue outbreak has led journalists to go to the health ministry for comments, and this takes away our precious time to dismiss the allegations given by laymen and be engaged in discussing purely professional topics.

Everyone should be doing its own business. Go easy on the valuable time of medical officers who are busy saving the lives of Ukrainians. Thank you for understanding.”

Friday, 29 January, 2016, 16:56 Politics

On the one hand, Russia is brainwashing the Crimean population, while, on the other, promotes the atmosphere of Stalin purges in 1930’s, urging the locals to squeal on one another, Rustem Abliatif, the activist of the “Public Blockade of Crimea” NGO, told ZIK Jan. 29.

The overall economic situation on the peninsula is grim. There is a deficit of pharmaceuticals, Ukrainian consumer goods and electricity, he said.

Meanwhile, the Russian propaganda machine is powerful and uninterrupted. The locals are brainwashed into believing that, for Russia’s annexation in 2014, there would be a war on the peninsula, the same going on in Donbas.

Crimean no longer exchange opinions in queues as before. The atmosphere of Stalin’s days in the 1930’ is clearly there, the activist said.

The Russian authorities are siccing locals on each other, encouraging them to squeal – for money, the activist told. 

Friday, 29 January, 2016, 10:19 Politics

Putin’s new plan lies in making deceptive declarations to force the oil prices to grow, Ukraine Information Troops write in Facebook Jan. 29.

 “The Kremlin lied about the forthcoming of Russia and OPEC representatives to stop the oil prices fall,” UIT said in a statement.

OPEC representatives did not confirm the meet with Russia, Bloomberg reports.

Following the dissemination of the Russian lie, Brent price climbed to $35 from $30 per barrel.

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Friday, 29 January, 2016, 9:44 Politics

In 2015, the Russians deployed over 200 pieces of new weaponry, including 40 combat and auxiliary vessels, Black Sea Fleet Commander Adm. Aleksandr Vitko said, RIA Novosti reports Jan. 29.

Before the Crimea annexation in 2014, Russia deployed merely one missile hydrofoil vessel, moving it from the Baltics. 

In 2015, the Russians deployed 3 modern diesel 636 Varshavyanka submarines, two small missile vessels, 10 combat cutters and 20 auxiliary vessels, the Russian admiral specified. 

Russia also moved 30 jet planes, including SU-30CM fighters, and 140 tanks and APCs, he said.

Such reinforcements helped create a full-fledged military group, ensuring reliable protection of the peninsula from the air, sea and land, the admiral said.

Thursday, 28 January, 2016, 16:27 Politics

Ukraine asked the Security Council to consider Pres Putin’s recent declarations doubting validity of Ukraine borders.

Putin’s declarations question the validity of Ukraine border with Russia and threaten the country’s independence and integrity, Ukraine representative to the UN said, addressing the debate.

Putin’s declarations violate the UN charter and Helsinki 1975 act, Ukrainians said.

Putin must stop his belligerent rhetoric and threats to Ukraine, Ukraine diplomats said.

Recall that Putin noted that the border between Russia and Ukraine had been drawn irresponsibly, and the inclusion of Donbas in Ukraine had been a stupidity.

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