Friday, November 29, 2013

Ukraine still welcome to sign EU deal: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Ukraine still has a chance to seek a trade pact with the European Union, but she had no hope it would happen this time.
Merkel said on Thursday that "the door was still open" for Kiev, despite the Ukrainian government's rejection of the EU deal to avoid pressure from Russia, which has been seeking to keep the former Soviet state within its sphere of influence.
The deal was expected to be signed later on Thursday in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius where EU leaders were holding a summit with countries of Eastern Europe and southern Caucasus.
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich flew into Vilnius in time for a dinner in honour of the Eastern Partnership, the EU's four-year-old outreach programme for former Soviet republics.
EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fuele said on Thursday Ukraine's decision to walk away from the agreement could imperil its future.
It was never a bazaar for billions. It was a question of giving Ukraine and the Ukrainian economy access to the largest integrated economic market in the world,
Carl Bildt, Swedish foreign minister
"The Ukrainian economy needs huge investments, but these are not costs. They represent future income, more growth, more jobs and more wealth," said Fuele, disputing Ukraine's estimates that upgrading its economic base to European standards would cost $20bn a year.
"The only costs that I can see are the costs of inaction allowing more stagnation of the economy and risking the economic future and health of the country," he told a business forum in Vilnius, adding the EU offer remained on the table.
'Candy in a pretty wrapper'
Yanukovich himself set the scene for a chilly reception by dismissing the EU's trade offer as "humiliating". The 600m euros ($800m), or so, of support on offer was "candy in a pretty wrapper", he said.
But his presence at the EU gathering - without signing the agreement - indicates he does not want to burn his bridges with the EU and leave his country's economic future solely to Russia, which wants Kiev to join a Moscow-led trade bloc. His government says the suspension of the EU deal marks only a "pause" in moves to integrate Ukraine into Europe's mainstream.
The EU side, however, said there was no readiness to enter into a geo-political bargaining game over Ukraine, likely a reference to possible increased financial aid.
"It was never a bazaar for billions. It was a question of giving Ukraine and the Ukrainian economy access to the largest integrated economic market in the world," said Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who warned that Yanukovich's decision to abandon the EU deal left it vulnerable to pressure.
It is not clear what Russian President Vladimir Putin did to get Yanukovich to shift position, but diplomats in Brussels, Kiev and Moscow have suggested Russia will give Ukraine a more favourable gas-supply deal and better terms on repaying 1.3bn euros of debt.
The EU will initial association agreements with two other ex-Soviet republics, Georgia and Moldova, putting them on track to sign formally in around a year. A visa agreement with Azerbaijan will also be signed.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Ghosts of Pripyat

The Ghosts of Pripyat by Steve Rothery.
Steve Rothery (born 25 November 1959) is an English guitarist and a founding member of the British rock band Marillion .
The Ghosts of Pripyat.
Pripyat  Ukrainian town administered directly from Kiev.
The city is also the setting for two missions in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare based around the main square and the amusement park, set after the disaster. Also the multiplayer maps "Bloc" and "Vacant" in the game take place in Pripyat. A small part of the city is seen briefly in a flashback in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and the multiplayer map "Fallen" takes place in Pripyat. Call of Duty: Black Ops features a map called "Grid", which takes place in Pripyat. A level in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and a multiplayer map called "Wasteland" takes place in Pripyat and near Chernobyl, respectively. 
After putting together an amazing band to play the Plovdiv guitar festival I've decided to finally record my long awaited solo album!

Wladimir Klitschko at the ceremony of International Emmy Awards

Yesterday in New York, the ceremony of International Emmy Awards, which visited  lot of stars, among whom was the Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko.
The Hilton 54-year-old Sean Bean is known for her roles in films such as "The Lord of the Rings" and "Game of Thrones" received the award for best actor.
His award that night also took Fernanda Montenegro, who won the best actress category.

Police in Ukraine used tear gas on demonstrators gathered near the Cabinet of Ministers Monday protesting the end of European Union trade talks, the BBC said.
Authorities blocked traffic along Hrushevsky Street near the government building as several hundred protesters clashed with police, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
Protesters hurled items at police and sprayed an unidentified gas as they called for the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azara's government.
The rallies began Friday in Kiev after the Ukrainian government backed down from the culmination of four years of free trade negotiations with the European Union.
They continued Sunday, when opposition leaders estimated some 100,000 people gathered in European Square in what was likely the largest public demonstration in Ukraine since the 2004 Orange Revolution.
Azarov said the cause of the abandoned EU agreements was the harsh terms set by the International Monetary Fund, but critics said the real reason was because Russia threatened to cut off gas supplies to the indebted country.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Fight with police in Kiev 24.11.2013

Fight with police in front of Cabinet Ministers in Kiev 24.11.2013

Ukraine risks financial meltdown after break with EU

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 22 -- Ukraine is risking a financial crisis of monumental scale by ditching the EU as it faces a cash crunch before imminent debt repayments, analysts said Friday.Ukraine received warnings from senior EU officials and the United States after it dropped its EU membership bid, European Observer said.
U.S. officials cited difficulties Ukraine could face obtaining credit from the International Monetary Fund after it snubbed the EU, said.
Ukraine's ties with the IMF are already fraught over recent mishaps, including a $15 billion line of credit that fell through. Renewed Ukrainian attempts to obtain IMF cash are aimed at securing a line of credit for $10 billion or more to enable Kiev to head off default on loan repayments.
Ukraine needs to make regular repayments on more than $60 billion of external debt.
Thousands of protesters in Kiev and other Ukrainian streets Friday pushed the argument Ukraine belongs in the EU, not in a Russian sphere. But the question of how Ukraine will make its debt repayments is more pressing than emotional pronouncements about the country's future outside the EU, analysts said.
If Ukraine fails to make loan repayments due it will face the risk of default and will be solely at the mercy of Russia for a financial bailout, analysts said.
The suspension of EU-Ukraine talks on an association deal -- a step toward full membership -- also means that a European loan, worth about $830 million, is likely to be put on hold, European Observer said.
Continuing street protests across Ukraine renewed risks of confrontation between demonstrators and police.
EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton said Ukraine's EU membership would have given the country international credibility and prepared it for international capital markets. It would also have helped Ukraine's negotiations with the IMF on a new standby credit arrangement, Ashton said.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki echoed the view that EU association would have reassured international financial institutions about the country's commitment to democratic reform.
An EU-Ukraine pact in preparation for EU membership for the country was due to be signed in Vilnius, Lithuania, next week.
Analysts said support still exists in Brussels for continuing to give Ukraine a lifeline to discourage it from signing a deal with Russia it could ill afford to reverse.
Political and trade links between Russia and Ukraine remain uneasy, mainly over delays in Ukrainian payments for gas. In 2009 Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine in a dispute over prices. The stoppage also affected supplies to EU member countries, causing fuel shortages across Europe in the middle of winter.
Protesters opposed to the suspension of links with Europe shouted "President Viktor Yanukovych -- enemy of the country." Opposition critics have accused Yanukovych of treason for going back on an EU deal.
Ukraine Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov said the decision was the result of economic pressures.
"The decision the government has made is based on economic reasons," he said. "It is of a tactical character and does not change our strategic objectives."
Under the EU association deal, Ukraine would have been required to release imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, an arch rival of Yanukovych and consistent critic of Moscow.
In a letter released from captivity, Tymoshenko warned Yanukovych "you are making the mistake of your life... You will remain one-on-one with Russia and you will have to live according to her road map. Later Russia will give you a choice: either it will save you from the social and economic collapse at the expense of the loss of independence or will not react at all."
EU diplomats interviewed by European media said Ukraine's move did not secure its position within the Russian sphere and made its future more uncertain. Ukrainian opposition says the country is ripe for another revolution, this time driven by social media, especially Twitter.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Doors are still open for Kiev

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 20  -- European Union Neighborhood Policy Commissioner Stefan Fule said Wednesday the door to the EU is open to Ukraine if it chooses to seize the"The EU's commitment to bring EU-Ukraine relations to a new quality, opening up new opportunities for the Ukrainian people, is firm," he said in a statement. "The door for such a qualitative step forward is open and we look forward to the government's implementation of its decision Sept. 18 to sign the association agreement in [Lithuania] on Nov. 29."
Fule said he met in Kiev with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to discuss Ukraine's efforts to move closer to the EU with an association agreement. The commissioner said he had assurances Ukrainian lawmakers would vote on new laws on elections, judicial reform and the medical treatment of prisoner's abroad during the Thursday session.
Lawmakers are mulling a bill that would release jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to Germany for health treatment. She was jailed in 2011 for helping securing a gas deal with Russia that's seen as unfavorable to Ukraine. The EU says her imprisonment is a case of selective justice. Tymoshenko lost to Yanukovych in 2010 elections.
Ukraine has passed more than a dozen measures aimed at meeting EU standards.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ukraine and France 2-0 in their World Cup qualifying play-off first leg in Kiev.

Ukraine and France 2-0 in their World Cup qualifying play-off first leg in Kiev.
"We are trying to keep our players away from the past. To know the reasons for those failures, you had to be there," Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko told reporters.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ukraine Can Win First Leg of Qualifiers

Ukraine and France will faceoff in one of the most hotly contested playoffs of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. The opening draw will take place in Kiev and there are a number of reasons to believe that the Ukrainians can pull off a huge victory against Les Bleues. Here are a few of them.
One of these two teams conceded four goals in 10 games; the other allowed six in eight. Guess which is which? Ukraine is actually the team that only conceded four goals in the entire tournament; only Spain (which played two fewer games) conceded less than the Ukrainians in the entire tournament. Consider the fact that this team contended with such nations as Montenegro, Poland and England and the statistic is even more impressive. France had to deal with Spain, but it faced lesser teams that included Belarus, Georgia and Finland; this was hardly a major challenge for Les Bleues.
Home Field Advantage
The Ukrainians were strong at home with three wins, one draw and one loss; the lone defeat came against Montenegro in 2012, but since then the team has not lost at home. More impressive is the fact that Ukraine only conceded two goals on its home turf but managed to shut out England and Poland in Kiev. This alone should give France some trouble on Friday.
Confidence and Momentum
Since losing against Montenegro in October 2012, Ukraine has not lost a single game in the Qualifiers. The team finished its run with a seven-game unbeaten streak and only finished one point behind England for the top spot in the group. This team is definitely feeling good about its chances and should manage a win on Friday.

“Ukrainian International Airlines” to implement two Kiev-Yerevan-Kiev flights daily.

The General Department of Civil Aviation of the Government of the Republic of Armenia began contacting the aviation authorities of different countries, informing about the open sky policy in the Armenia's air transfers. The Head of the General Department of Civil Aviation of the Government of the Republic of Armenia Artyom Movsisyan told  about it. “It has been nearly a month that we began working in that direction. On October 23 the open sky policy project was adopted and we began working with the aviation authorities of Israel, Iraq, Russia and Ukraine and informing them that we are going in the direction of the liberalized open sky policy”, - said Artyom Movsisyan.
The “Ukrainian International Airlines” has already made a step, offering to implement two Kiev-Yerevan-Kiev flights daily.
Liberalizing the air transfers and implementing the open sky policy, Armenia will create opportunities for the corresponding companies to create air companies in the country and organize regular flights. “The Government has already approved the program and corresponding events will be held according to the schedule. I think that the implementation of the program will take about a year and a half”, - said the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia Vahram Avanesyan. He stated that with the introduction of the abovementioned strategy the passenger transfers will grow by 20-25%, thus increasing the Gross Domestic Product by 10%. “We will have geographic expansion and reduction of prices”, - said the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia Vahram Avanesyan.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pavlo Lapshyn: Neo-Nazi who murdered grandfather driven to kill by far-right paramilitaries and racist Dynamo Kiev fans

The Neo-Nazi thug who killed a grandfather and bombed three mosques was driven to kill by far-right paramilitary groups and racist Dynamo Kiev fans, it has been revealed.
Pavlo Lapshyn had been in Britain for just five days when he murdered 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem by stabbing him in the back as he made his way home after Friday prayers.          
The 25 year-old white supremacist had moved to Birmingham where he had been awarded a placement to further his engineering studies.
Following his trial counter terrorism officers said that he had acted as a “lone wolf”.
But the Birmingham Mail has revealed how detectives found literature and images related to Ukrainian far-right group Patriot of Ukraine (PoU) and fascist Dynamo Kiev supporters on Lapshyn’s Russian Facebook page and on a pen computer drive when they raided the home he shared with a fellow student  in Small Heath, Birmingham .
Investigations by counter terrorism officers found that Lapshyn was not a member of any of these groups and that no one else was involved in the murder of Mr Saleem, aged 82, or the bombs that were set off bombs at three Midland mosques.
But Lapshyn was influenced by the ideologies of right wing extremists in Ukraine.
Neo-Nazi literature and racist chants popular with Dynamo Kiev fans were among the disturbing set of literature found at his home  in Small Heath, Birmingham .
Detectives also found a folder marked “White World” on Lapshyn’s computer which included a violent video game called “Ethnic Cleansing” featuring ‘soldiers’ from the PoU.
Another audio file entitled “You Must Murder” contained more racist rants by East European extremists calling for a violent race war.
After his arrest, a team of West Midlands Police detectives  were sent to the Ukraine where sources said he worked alone and was not affiliated to any groups.
A recovered camera memory card showed that Lapshyn had amassed 455 images and 90 videos of chemicals, guns and parts of explosive devices as he prepared for a bombing campaign.
It also emerged that Lapshyn admired the Boston Marathon bombers and had downloaded images of the April 15 attack and its aftermath on to his computer.
Before leaving Ukraine Lapshyn practised blowing up trees.
After he was sentenced video footage emerged of the PhD student blowing up trees as he experimented with bomb making in woods in the Ukraine.
He had apparently been planning his murderous bomb and knife campaign a year before he left for Britain.
He had come to Birmingham after being awarded a one year placement with software design firm Delcam and had been staying in a company flat when he began his campaign of terror.
A police source said: “Lapsyn’s Russian Facebook page had numerous mentions and postings from Dynamo Kiev hooligans and the PoU especially in the run up to Euro 2012.
“The Ukrainian authorities were keen to downplay any links with extremist groups operating within its borders.”
He added: “It appears Lapshyn was moving within these neo-nazi circles for at least three years which is when he first came to the attention of Ukranian authorities after practising with explosives at his home.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman confirmed that detectives had travelled to Ukraine and liaised with police there.
Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards, from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: ”Following our extensive investigations there is no evidence to support that Lapshyn was a member of any right wing group or that he was directed by any group and we want to reinforce that he acted alone.
“During our investigation Lapshyn’s computers were searched and extreme right wing literature was discovered, this demonstrated that he was influenced by this ideology but not directed by any group.”
Speaking after Lapshyn was sentenced Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, head of the West Midlands police counter-terrorism unit, told how Lapshyn had shown no remorse or regret.
In a statement, the Muslim Council of Britain said of Lapshyn: “There will be some who will view his activities as those of a lone wolf.
“But in a summer that saw an unprecedented rise in attacks on mosques and Islamic institutions, it is important for all of us to challenge anti-Muslim hatred, just as we challenge those who wrongly use Islam to carry out acts of violence.”
The PoU recruits and trains football hooligans to attack foreigners.
The violent racism of the group caused players Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to withdraw from the England squad ahead of Euro 2012, hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
The group is linked to far-right political parties in Ukraine and has formed alliances with white supremacist groups across Eastern Europe and Germany.
Dynamo Kiev football club, which was ordered by Uefa to play two European matches behind closed doors following racist abuse by fans.
During raids at Lapshyn’s Small Heath flat police also found a chilling photo of Lapshyn posing with the hunting knife used to kill Mr Saleem, a grandfather of 23.
Lapshyn stood holding the lethal weapon across his chest, apparently taking pride in what he had done.
One picture showed a hunting knife with the caption: “Mohammed Saleem was stabbed by…”
Lapshyn admitted murdering Mr Saleem as he made his way home from praying at his local mosque in Small Heath on April 29 last year.
The PhD student, from the city of Dnipropetrovsk, also set off bombs at three mosques in the Black Country while he was at large for the murder.
At the Old Bailey last month he admitted causing an explosion on July 12 near the Kanzal Iman mosque in Tipton, and engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts between April 24 and July 18 this year including a failed bomb attack on a mosque in Wolverhampton.
Lapshyn hid a homemade explosive in a child’s lunchbox and left it outside a mosque in Walsall in June.
He then set off a device near Wolverhampton Central Mosque and detonated a nail bomb in Tipton.
It was only because a service in Tipton had been put back by an hour that scores were not injured or killed.Three hundred people would have been in the path of the shrapnel that shot across the car park, leaving nails embedded in tree trunks. But the mosque had temporarily moved prayers back.
Sentencing the sick white supremacist Mr Justice Sweeney told Lapshyn: “You were motivated to commit the offences by religious and racial hatred in the hope that you would ignite racial conflict and cause Muslims to leave the area where you were living.
“Such views, hatred and motivations have no place whatsoever in our multi-faith and multi-cultural society.”

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Live Boxing evening in Kiev, Free on-line. 09/11/2013

The main event of the upcoming evening of boxing in Kharkov - the fight for the vacant IBO International Champion in the light heavyweight division between Vyacheslav Uzelkov (Ukraine, 29-3, 18 KO's) and Dzheydonom Codrington (USA, 21-3, 17 KO's) and prof. debut of 2012 Olympic champion in the heavyweight Alexander Usik(Ukraine) vs. Felipe Romero (Mexico, 01/07/16, 11 KOs) - will be broadcast on TV channel "Inter" (start broadcasting - November 9, at 22:25 on Kiev).

Vyacheslav Uzelkov (Ukraine, 29-3 , 18 KO's) - Dzheydon Codrington (USA, 21-3 , 17 KO's)
12 rounds for the vacant IBO International Champion Light Heavyweight (up to 79.379 kg)

Alexander Usik (Ukraine, prof. Debut) - Felipe Romero (Mexico, 01/07/16 , 11 KOs)
6 rounds in the first heavyweight (up to 90.717 kg)

Omar Salama ( Russia , 7-0 , 6 KOs) - Ravshanbek Dzhabbarov (Uzbekistan, 11-4-1 , 5 KOs )
10 rounds for the vacant world title among youth with IBO Light Heavyweight (up to 79.379 kg)

Aslambek Idigov ( Russia , 2-0, 1 KO ) - Andrew Danichkin (Ukraine, 0-8-1 )
4 round super middleweight (up to 76.203 kg)

Hasan Baisangurov ( Russia , 1-0 , 0 KOs) - Eugene Kondratenko (Ukraine, 0-4)
4 rounds at welterweight (up to 66.678 kg)

Ivan Tkachenko (Ukraine, 1-0, 1 KO ) - Konstantin Gavrilov (Ukraine , 0-1)
4 rounds in the heavyweight (over 90.717 kg)

Savenko Artem (Ukraine, prof. Debut) - Alexey Kozlov (Ukraine , 0-2)
4 round junior welterweight (up to 63.503 kg)

Aghali Alyshev (Azerbaijan, 19-5-2 , 13 KOs) - TBA .
6 rounds in the junior welterweight (up to 63.503 kg)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ukraine approves 2022 Winter Olympic bid from Lviv

 — The Ukrainian city of Lviv is entering the race for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
The Ukraine National Olympic Committee and Lviv city officials signed letters Tuesday declaring their intent to bid for the games.
Lviv would host the ice venues, while the ski events would take place in the nearby Carpathian mountains.
Nov. 14 is the deadline for submission of bids to the International Olympic Committee.
China said Tuesday that it submitted a 2022 bid from Beijing and the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou. Almaty, Kazakhstan, has also already officially lodged a 2022 bid. Other potential contenders include Oslo, Norway; Munich; and a joint bid from Poland and Slovakia.
The IOC will select the 2022 host city in 2015.

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Ukraine squad for World Cup qualifying playoff

Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko named the following 25-man squad on Tuesday for the two-legged World Cup qualifying playoff against France. Ukraine host France on November 15 in Kiev with the return game to be played in Paris four days later.
Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rustam Hudzhamov (Illichivets), Maxym Koval (Dynamo Kiev)
Defenders: Oleksander Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yaroslav Rakitsky (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Evhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Artem Fedetsky (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Vitaliy Mandzyuk (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)
Midfielders: Oleh Gusyev (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev), Roman Bezus (Dynamo Kiev), Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kiev), Evhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Anatoly Tymoshchuk (Bayern Munich), Mykola Morozyuk (Metalurh Donetsk), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Edmar (Metalist Kharkiv), Denys Dedechko (Vorskla Poltava), Dmytro Homchenovsky (Zorya Lugansk), Valeriy Fedorchuk (FC Karpaty)

Forwards: Marco Devic (Metalist Kharkiv), Roman Zozulya (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Evhen Seleznyov (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)