Monday, 21 December, 2009, 22:10 Politics
Tymoshenko challenges Yanukovych to televised debates

Addressing students and faculty of the Ternopil State Medical University Dec. 21, Premier Yulia Tymoshenko invited Viktor Yanukovych to debates on television, our correspondent reports Dec. 21.

Tymoshenko said she was disappointed when Viktor Yanukovych and Pres Yushchenko didn’t show up at the live talk show arranged for the three candidates by Ukrayina TV channel on Friday, Dec. 18.


“I hope to face Victor Yanukovych in public. The debates must be held as Ukrainians want to be informed by the three major candidates about what is going on in the country,” she said.


The premier said Donbas must feel ashamed for its leader who “had cold feet” and didn’t show up at the debates. “I guess, Donbas [Yanukovych’s main electoral base] was disappointed by its leader. Being scared that way to appear in public debates doesn’t give Yanukovych much credit. Unfortunately, Yanukovych didn’t have the courage. If he needs any medication to beef up his courage, we can provide it,” she added.


Viktor Yanukovych is a notoriously bad speaker.

In a related development, the Ukrayina TV channel [owned by tycoon Rinat Akhmetov, one of the Party of Regions major donors] requested the host of the talk show, Savik Shuster, to offer live air to Viktor Yanukovych and Viktor Yushchenko.

“Three leading presidential candidates, Yanukovych, Tymoshenko and Yushchenko were invited to appear in the Dec. 18 talk show. However, only Yulia Tymoshenko turned up,” the channel statement runs.

The channel appealed to the anchor of “Shuster Live” to give the two politicians time in the next talk show. The channel stands for equal access to airtime for major political leaders. If need be, the channel is prepared to give additional time to “Shuster Live,” the Ukrayina channel statement runs.
Meanwhile, speaking to The Telekritika [a media watchdog], Savik Shuster said, ”We fully understand the Ukrayina channel’s attitude, but we would like to stress that the Dec. 18 talk show failed because two of the three candidates didn’t show up.”

“In our invitations to the candidates, we divided the time equally among the three participants, 40 min. to each,” Savik Shuster added.

“But we understand Ukrayina’s position and are ready to give the other two candidates 40 min. each,” Shuster confirmed.

“Simultaneously, we hope the talk show will be attended by the 3 politicians as we are convinced that their debates are crucial for the public in the run-up to the presidential election,” the anchor stressed.

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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