Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Ukraine to halt subsidies to rebel-held areas

Arseniy YatsenyukKiev : Ukraine will freeze budget subsidies for the eastern territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists, the prime minister today announced a move that could worsen the already grievous economic conditions there.

Aging industrial operations in Ukraine's economically depressed but coal-rich east have for many years relied heavily on state subsidies.

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a government meeting that USD 2.6 billion in state support will be held back from rebel-held areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

He did not say what time period that subsidy figure represented.

Ukrainian parliament votes to keep PM Yatsenyuk

Arseniy YatsenyukKiev: Ukraine's parliament on Thursday voted not to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Yatsenyuk had said last week he was resigning after two parties left the coalition supporting him and parliament balked at passing laws he said were essential to fund the country's war against pro-Russian separatists.

But the parliament had to accept the resignation, and decided not to. The vote was 16 for accepting and 109 against, with the rest of the 450-member parliament either absent or not voting.

Ukrainian PM meets British foreign secretary

arseniy-yatsenyuk-william-hagueKiev, May 7 : Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk met British Foreign Secretary William Hague to discuss ways to end the East European country's political and economic crisis.

During the talks here Tuesday, Yatsenyuk said his country faced a number of challenges in the spheres of security and economy and reiterated the need for coordinated action by the international community to resolve the crisis, Xinhua reported Wednesday citing a government media statement.

Hague praised the progress Ukraine had made in implementation of the April 17 Geneva peace agreement, it said.

Ukraine accuses Russia of plotting clashes in Odessa

Arseniy YatsenyukKiev, May 5 - Russia should be responsible for the deadly clashes that killed more than 40 people in the southern port city of Odessa, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said Sunday.

"Russia's aim was to repeat in Odessa what is happening in the east of the country," Xinhua quoted Yatsenyuk as saying during a visit to Odessa.

"What happened in Odessa was part of a plan by the Russian federation to destroy Ukraine and its statehood," he said. "Russia sent people here to create chaos."

Ukraine, Slovakia sign deal on reverse gas supply

Ukraine, Slovakia sign deal on reverse gas supplyKiev, April 29 - Ukraine has signed an agreement with Slovakia on reverse flow of natural gas deliveries, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said Monday.

"Ukraine has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Slovak company, which envisages starting of reverse gas supplies via the territory of Slovakia," Xinhua quoted Yatsenyuk telling during a press conference.

According to the deal, Kiev could annually import around 8 billion cubic metres of gas from the European market through Slovakia, Yatsenyuk said.

Ukraine's pro-Western coalition set to dissolve

Ukraine's pro-Western coalition set to dissolve Kiev/Moscow - Ukrainian parliament Speaker Arseny Yatsenyuk said Monday he expected the coalition to break up on Tuesday as a deadline to resolve differences expired.

"Come with flowers, come with wreathes to the funeral of the democratic coalition," Yatsenyuk told journalists in Kiev, Interfax news agency reported.

The fallout between the West and Russia over last month's war in Georgia has imploded, leaving Ukraine's fragile ruling coalition deeply divided over its identity.

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