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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.

Exit polls: Poroshenko wins Ukrainian presidential election

Petro PoroshenkoKiev, May 26 - "Chocolate King" Petro Poroshenko has won Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine with an absolute majority, exit polls showed.

Poroshenko won 55.9 percent of the vote, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko 12.9 percent of the vote, and Oleh Lyashko, 8 percent, Xinhua reported citing the national exit poll.

Another exit poll, conducted by the TNS pollster at television channels' order, indicates that Poroshenko got 57.3 percent of the vote, Tymoshenko 12.4 percent and Lyashko 8.7 percent.

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 admits progress in Geneva talks

Andriy DeshchytsyaKiev, April 19 - Ukraine's acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya Friday acknowledged the progress achieved in Geneva during the four-party talks over Ukraine crisis, but said some differences still remained.

"Russia agreed to facilitate de-escalation of the situation in the eastern regions," Xinhua quoted Deshchytsya as telling media.

Top diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, the US and the European Union reached a deal Thursday to defuse the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine and resolve dispute between Kiev and Moscow on the issue.

Ukrainian president calls early election

Viktor-YanukovychKiev, Feb 21 : Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych Friday announced an early presidential election as one of a package of measures aimed at ending the country's political crisis.

The president agreed to hold the election before the end of the year, as part of a deal to end the crisis.

"I am initiating an early presidential election. I am also initiating a return to the 2004 Constitution with the redistribution of powers toward a parliamentary republic," Yanukovych said.

Ukraine boosts steel output in 2011

Ukraine boosts steel output in 2011Kiev, Jan 24 - Ukraine boosted its production of crude steel by 5.7 percent to 35.3 million tonnes in 2011, said a report by the World Steel Association (WSA).

Ukraine is the world's eighth largest steel producer, according to the report.

The world's crude steel production reached 1.527 billion tonnes in 2011, increasing by 6.8 percent year on year, reported Xinhua citing a media report.

China was the world's top steel maker in 2011, with a production of 695.5 million tonnes.

Greece at centre of Ukraine's attention as play-off nears

Greece at centre of Ukraine's attention as play-off nearsKiev  - The Greek national side was on Thursday attracting unprecedented attention among Ukrainian football professionals and amateurs alike, as the former Soviet republic counted down to the first of a two-game qualification play-off for the 2010 World Cup.

Ukraine's coaching staff had reviewed game tapes for the last eleven matches played by Greece, in preparation for the upcoming Saturday match in Athens, the authoritative Komanda sports newspaper reported.

Tymoshenko: Ukraine flu infections down by a factor of four

Tymoshenko: Ukraine flu infections down by a factor of four Kiev - Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Tuesday said new flu infections had dropped by a factor of four, signaling, she said, dramatic success in controlling the disease's spread.

"All across Ukraine we have, at minimum, a four-fold drop (in flu infection rates) as compared with their peak from the second to the fourth of November," Tymoshenko said, in remarks reported by the Interfax news agency.

Ukraine government: Flu still spreading, but situation stabilising

Yulia Tymoshenko,Kiev - The number of deaths and infections from flu were still rising in Ukraine on Monday, as government officials argued the outbreak was showing signs of stabilizing.

"Today we clearly had certain positive signs of a reduction in the flu infection rate," said Prime Minister  at a meeting with World Health Organisation officials. "We are seeing a positive trend."

Ukraine to pay off latest Russia gas debt from IMF account

Ukraine to pay off latest Russia gas debt from IMF accountKiev  - Ukraine will pay off its most recent outstanding gas debt to Russia by drawing on a special use International Monetary Fund (IMF) account, government officials said Friday.

"I hope that by the end of today (Friday), we can inform you of a successful result in our work," said Valentyn Zemliansky, spokesman for state-owned Naftohaz Ukrainy, according to an Interfax news agency report. "Ukrnafta fulfills its obligations."

Ukraine to pay off latest Russia gas debt from IMF account

Ukraine to pay off latest Russia gas debt from IMF accountKiev  - Ukraine will pay off its most recent outstanding gas debt to Russia by drawing on a special use International Monetary Fund (IMF) account, government officials said Friday.

"I hope that by the end of today (Friday), we can inform you of a successful result in our work," said Valentyn Zemliansky, spokesman for state-owned Naftohaz Ukrainy, according to an Interfax news agency report. "Ukrnafta fulfills its obligations."

Ukraine traffic police halt Russia army lorries, missiles

Ukraine traffic police halt Russia army lorries, missiles Kiev - Ukrainian traffic police halted a Russian army lorry column reportedly loaded with cruise missiles, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.

The stand-off took place in the Black Sea port city of Sevastopol after Ukrainian officials stopped and ticketed Russian service personnel for operating military vehicles in an urban area without proper permits.

Ukraine flu death toll rises to 70

Ukraine flu death toll rises to 70 Kiev  - The death toll from a flu outbreak in Ukraine reached 70 on Tuesday, as shortages of medical supplies continued in the former Soviet republic.

The epicentre of sickness was the western Lviv province, where the officially given fatality count from flu infection was 30 people, according to an Interfax news agency report.

Other provinces hit by widespread severe flu infections, called by some Ukrainian officials an epidemic, included the Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk provinces, with a total of 28 deaths.

Ukraine's swine flu death toll rises to 34

Ukraine's swine flu death toll rises to 34 Kiev  - The death toll from a swine flu outbreak in Ukraine rose to 34 on Saturday, as the government announced new measures to control the spread of the virus.

Two of the victims were infants, Health Minister Vasyl Kniazevych told Channel 5 television.

As of Saturday morning, the flu was thought still to be limited in to the country's western provinces, but because of the number of suspected cases, a spread was likely, he said.

Ukraine swine flu fears could cancel upcoming Inter, Greece matches

Ukraine swine flu fears could cancel upcoming Inter, Greece matchesKiev - A recently-instituted Ukrainian ban on public gatherings to halt a swine flu outbreak could place upcoming football matches with Inter Roma and the Greek national side in jeopardy, a senior government official said Friday.

"Everything that concerns football leagues, there will be discussions and certain consultations," said Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, at a Kiev press conference.

Ukrainian officials Tuesday morning announced the probable deaths of 11 persons to the swine flu virus.

Ukraine confirms first swine flu death, quarantine ordered

Spanish couple weds in city of Taj MahalKiev - Ukraine suffered its first death from swine flu, as the government declared a massive quarantine and control effort to head off a possible epidemic, the Interfax news agency reported.

The victim was a man living in Ukraine's western Lviv region, said Health Ministry spokesman Roman Pavliv.

The government announcement one week after reports surfaced of as many as 30 deaths potentially caused by swine flu, all in Ukraine's western provinces.

New Ukrainian president could end political chaos By Stefan Korshak

Viktor-YushchenkoKiev - The one thing Ukrainian politicians and voters alike agree on these days is that Viktor Yushchenko, the once-popular pro- democracy leader, has next to no chance of winning a second term in the January presidential elections.

Today, after years of political stalemate, public expectations for significant change are dramatically lower than they were during the breathless days of the 2004 Orange Revolution.

But many political observers in the former Soviet republic are predicting that the elections, scheduled for January 17, will bring a measured degree of stability and a break from Ukraine's political deadlock.

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