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Old 31st December 2013, 17:35
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Interior Ministry: Nearly 12,000 policemen to maintain order on New Year's night in Ukraine
Dec. 30, 2013, 6:05 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Nearly 12,000 law enforcers will maintain public order in Ukraine on New Year's night, the press service of the Interior Ministry reported, with reference
to the head of mass and sporting events division of the ministry's public security department, Oleh Matveitsov.

According to him, more than 1,000 events, which will involve 700,000 people, are scheduled across Ukraine.

The New Year's events in Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv and Odesa regions are expected to attract the largest numbers of people, the ministry reported.
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Old 1st January 2014, 16:46
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UKRAINIANJOURNAL.com
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014

Activist flees to Poland, citing threats
Journal Staff Report

KIEV, Dec. 30 – An activist at Road Control, a website exposing traffic police corruption, has fled Ukraine after receiving threats that he may be arrested or even assassinated.

Rostyslav Shaposhnikov, the head of Road Control, fled to Poland and said that he may ask for political asylum if the Ukrainian authorities request his deportation.

Road Control and its members have been actively involved in coordinating anti-government protests in Ukraine that demand resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and other officials.

Two activists, Andriy Dzyndzia and Viktor Smaliy, were arrested earlier this month, while Volodymyr Maralov survived an assassination attempt when two assailants had shot him in the chest last week.

“They arrested Dzyndzia, Smaliy, they told me I will be the next,” Shaposhnikov told Unian news agency. “If they don’t jail me, they will kill me. In any case, I cannot come back to Ukraine.”

The developments underscore the fact that the authorities have been resorting to crackdowns on the most active members of the anti-government rallies, trying to stifle the protest.

Tetiana Chornovol, a journalist and a protest activist, was brutally beaten by two assailants in early hours of December 25 on a highway outside Kiev . A dashboard camera caught the attack on video helping to identify those who may have been involved.

Mykola Berezoviy, the husband of Chornovol, said the assailants tried to kill her by punching her in a temple. “They were hitting to kill,” he said.

Tetiana, with brain concussion, broken nose and numerous bruises on a swollen face, had several surgeries and on Monday was discharged from the intensive care unit, Berezoviy said. She remains in the hospital and her condition is still serious.

“She is asleep for most of the time,” Berezoviy said at a briefing on Monday. “But she says she won’t get intimidated.”

The Ukrainian authorities faced more than a month of mass demonstrations across the country since President Viktor Yanukovych had decided to ditch a deal that would have taken Ukraine closer to the European Union.

Instead, Yanukovych tried to force a deal with Russia , which had agreed to lend his government $15 billion no-strings-attached loan and to reduce natural gas prices.

Thousands of protesters on Sunday have staged a rally for the first time in front of Yanukovych’s heavily guarded lavish private compound, potentially taking the protest to a new level.

About 5,000 protesters riding in about 1,000 cars got to the compound, known as Mezhihiria, which is 15 km outside Kiev , and promised to take one million protesters soon. (tl/ez)

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Old 1st January 2014, 16:54
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Ukraine better going it alone.

I have to say that I’m surprised by the wrath that many posters have cast upon those saying that the EU may not be the best alternative for a future Ukraine. You wrongly supposed that this is a declaration that Ukraine should throw its lot in with the Kremlin. I’m not aware that this has been the suggestion at any time by me or others. Indeed I have said that I believe Ukraine would best go forward as a fully independent nation, not answerable to Moscow or Brussels.

You will probably disregard everything I’m now going to write, but I can confidently say that in the last eight years I have spent more time travelling around the European Union countries than any other poster to this forum. I have seen the EU unfold in these countries and have observed the impact upon those states (especially for those in preparation to join), for better and for worse. I have seen the trauma imposed upon the lower earning class as their food and other commodity prices were hiked up to closer parity with existing EU member states, at a rate much faster than their wages were rising. I have seen the impact on fresh foodstuff sellers who were told that their practice was not in compliance of EU standards, and that they would have to spend much money on compliance of future hygiene/ trading standards, or cease trading. I have seen small business forced into closure because the imposition of new Health and Safety law required expensive modification to their production processes, that has rendered their business non viable when in competition with non EU states (especially Asia).

I was happy to see my country join the customs union of the European Economic Community in 1973, but what we have now is far removed from that original organization. The European Union has developed into an overblown political elite of extremely cosseted bureaucrats who earn higher salaries than other countries presidents and prime ministers. They were appointed amongst themselves without any democratic election process. In order to appear “fluffy friendly” the elite EU politicians have Twitter accounts on which they tell you about the meetings they are attending. However, they NEVER answer questions or criticism on that forum.

A forever growing number of the European electorate are now asking themselves why their taxes are going to pay for this elite chums club, who spend a disproportionate amount of money on their own running costs. However, in all EU states the ruling political elite mostly wish to retain the EU. I believe it’s because they know that when they’ve served their current term, or alternatively get voted out, they can always apply for a job within the EU with even better pay and pension prospects. The working classes of most EU states are waking up to the fact that the EU has become a conduit for big business, allied to the World Trade Organization, World Bank and The International Monetary Fund. It regularly demonstrates its reluctance to try and take action against the culprits of the current financial crisis, but sides with those demanding that the people must cut back on their social support, health, education etc services whilst bankers and others are bailed out and their cosseted interests retained. Surprisingly, the majority of EU parliamentarians are said to be socialist!

The northern industrialized EU states have told the EU spenders that they must also now economise. Hence they were unable to give Yanukovych little financial incentive for him to sign the EU Association Treaty. I would hope and expect the EU gravy train years to diminish, and if it does there will a severe cutting back of development aid grants to the newer members, thus little benefit to Ukraine’s future association. We all know that Ukraine’s problems are resultant from poor government since independence and this is the issue to be resolved by Ukraine ALONE!
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The future of the EU is contingent upon the wealthier EU participants accepting the responsibility of being the wealthier. That is the high road, but as to what direction is actually taken is another story. Frankly I care less. UK's economy is slowly on its way back and it will sustain whatever happens w/o too much difficulty. What concerns me for the moment is that this site, a Ukraine namesake, is anti Ukraine's fight for FREEDOM OF CHOICE. It has a moderator, who on his FB Page lists God, Putin and Russia as his interests and uses this site to reflect his love of all three. This is insulting to all those Ukrainian protestors, who are standing up for their rights as human beings. I believe that it is the time for Ukraine to move from Black Market Economics to Capitalism, the next logical step in economic development. It is time for Ukraine to rise and become everything it can be. There was a time when this land was the Breadbasket of Europe. Today it can easily become the Breadbasket of Africa. Personally I agree w/u that Ukraine should stand on its own, but it is Ukraine's people that get to decide their own destiny. I support their choices.

Happy New Year to all celebrating New Year as per Gregorian Calendar.

Wishing everyone what they might wish for themselves in the New Year.

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Hannia what I list as my interests are my concern and not yours, Gotno has posted a very intelligent commentary, how about those Ukrainians who don`t agree with the demonstrators and there are many, are they not entitled to a voice? Ukraine is already a capitalist country, capitalism is NOT good!. Tell me Hannia when were you last in Ukraine? Finally what did you mean by this statement? " The future of the EU is contingent upon the wealthier EU participants accepting the responsibility of being the wealthier" the wealthier states want to stay wealthier so will accept NO responsibility
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and Hannia are you so sad that you have to troll my facebook identity? and as it isn`t under nickcsadler you had to actually search, consider the intrusion hannia, oh yes of course just like the Soviets and Nazis did, you have clearly been well trained!
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Old 2nd January 2014, 03:20
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As the saying goes ... all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.

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Jan. 1, 2014, 2:44 p.m.

https://www.kyivpost.com/opinion/op-...st-334555.html

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