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Old 28th September 2014, 19:33
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Poroshenko favors trials in absentia for those charged with crimes during Yanukovych era (LIVE)
Sept. 25, 2014, 4:22 p.m. | Kyiv Post

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko emphasized the fight against corruption at the opening of a press conference on Sept. 25, saying that the Ukrainian people demand the changes no matter what vested interests stand in the way of the deregulation and revitalization of the economy, the fight against corruption and other steps demanded by the European Union. He said that Ukraine's economic weakness made it vulnerable to Russia's war in eastern Ukraine.

He went on to call on Russia to remove all its troops and for Kremlin-backed separatists to free all prisoners immediately.

The press conference started at 2 p.m. and lasted until 4:30 p.m.Poroshenko favors trials in absentia for those charged with crimes during Yanukovych era (LIVE)
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Presidential plan is a ‘set of dreams,’ experts say
Oct. 2, 2014, 7:31 p.m. | Oksana Grytsenko

President Petro Poroshenko recently admitted that the pace of reform in Ukraine was too slow in the first months of his presidency.

He vowed to speed them up as he announced his strategy till 2020.

Ukraine will apply for membership in the European Union. It will get into top 20 countries in World Bank's Doing Business ranking; double its per-capita gross domestic product; refurbish civil service by 70 percent, and increase average life expectancy by three years. Oh, and 90 percent of the country's residents will be proud of their country.

If that sounds too good to be true, that's because it is.

“This is rather a set of dreams,” says Oleksandr Paskhaver, president of the Center for Economic Development and one of the country's leading economists.

To achieve these goals, the country needs to conduct some 60 types of reforms simultaneously. Of them 10 are the most urgent, and they include an anti-corruption reform, justice system refurbishment, cleanup of law enforcement and deregulation.

It would be overwhelming for any executive team – if it had a plan to do it. The president's team only have a two-page set of key performance indicators. The rest is too vague, and fails to answer some of the fundamental questions, such as how these goals will be reached and who will drive the process.

Dmytro Shymkiv, deputy head of the president's administration whom Poroshenko has tagged as the guy in charge of reform, said the president's administration just prepares the goals, or what they refer to as strategy. The actual step-by-step plan is yet to be designed.

He said it's like reconstructing a house. “Initially we have to describe what we need in the end and then outline the set of works,” he said at a press briefing on Sept. 30. But he said the president's administration was not going to design the reforms. It will just “coordinate.”

Shymkiv said the parliament will soon get a set of bills needed to speed forward, including drafts on anti-corruption bureau, tax reform, state service, decentralization and deregulation. He could not specify when it will happen, and where the bills will come from. Some of them, like the bill on anti-corruption bureau, which is supposed to investigate top level corruption and is already dubbed “Ukraine's FBI,” have been proposed by the civil society.

Top figures at the Cabinet of Ministers, it seems, have their own idea of what needs to be done – and it's not necessarily in line with the presidential view. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk on Sept. 3 presented his own plan, the Revival Plan for Ukraine.

It included a number of more immediate ideas, such as reducing the number of taxes from 22 to nine and cutting the number of government agencies that can control and inspect business. Most of his suggestions are yet to be implemented, and it's not expected to happen during the campaign before the Oct. 26 snap parliamentary election where the president's and prime minister's parties compete.

Shymkiv said the Cabinet offered tactical reforms for a year, while the president outlined a broader strategy that even stretches beyond the first presidential term, which ends in 2019. Shymkiv claimed the president and the Cabinet work well together, and yet he criticized Yatseniuk's tax reform plan, saying the business was not consulted.

But criticisms towards the presidential plan are many and significant.
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Poroshenko promises personnel reshuffles in Ukrainian Armed Forces and asks not to 'make war' in social networks
Oct. 7, 2014, 8:46 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Zhytomyr Oblast - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that personnel reshuffles in Ukrainian Armed Forces will be continual and urged the public not to criticize soldiers in social networks and press.
Poroshenko promises personnel reshuffles in Ukrainian Armed Forces and asks not to 'make war' in social networks
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President signs law on lustration
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

AP. KYIV, October 9 /Ukrinform/. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on the cleansing of power, which was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on September 16, the presidential press service has reported.

"The law defines legal and organizational principles for the inspection of civil servants and persons equated to them, officials of local government agencies with a view to restoring confidence in the authorities and creating conditions for the construction of a new system of government in line with European standards," reads the statement. President signs law on lustration| Ukrinform
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Reuters: Poroshenko says expects tough talks with Putin next week
Oct. 11, 2014, 7:27 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Reuters
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday he expected planned talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin next week in Italy to be difficult but said Moscow had a crucial role to play in bringing peace to his country.

Kiev and its Western backers accuse Moscow of backing a pro-Russian separatist revolt in eastern Ukraine by providing troops and arms. Russia denies the charges but says it has a right to defend the interests of the region's Russian-speaking majority.

The Kremlin has said Putin and Poroshenko may hold talks on the sidelines of a summit of Asian and European leaders in Milan on Oct. 16-17.

"I don't expect the talks will be easy. I'm used to this, I have a lot of experience of conducting very difficult diplomatic talks. But I'm an optimist," Interfax Ukraine news agency quoted Poroshenko as telling reporters.

Poroshenko said some European leaders might also join his talks with Putin. Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov has said a "Normandy-style meeting" could not be ruled out - a reference to talks in France in June involving Putin, Poroshenko and the leaders of Germany and France.

"The key and main question is peace. Russia's role in the issue of providing peace, as you understand, is difficult to overestimate," Poroshenko said. "And today we raise the issue of moving from declarations to concrete steps."

Putin and Poroshenko are known so far to have met twice since the Ukrainian leader's election in May, firstly in Normandy and then in the Belarussian capital Minsk in August when they agreed on the need for a ceasefire between Kiev's forces and the pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

GAS DEAL EYED

A ceasefire began on Sept. 5 and has broadly held despite frequent violations, especially around the airport of Donetsk, the biggest city of eastern Ukraine.

The European Union and the United States have imposed economic sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, where Moscow has also annexed the Crimea peninsula. In retaliation, Russia has banned most Western food imports.

The United Nations said on Wednesday the death toll from the conflict in eastern Ukraine now stood at more than 3,660 people.

Poroshenko also said on Saturday he hoped to make "significant progress" in Milan on resolving Ukraine's long-running gas pricing dispute with Russia.

Russia shut off gas deliveries to Ukraine in June over what it said were more than $5 billion in unpaid bills and Ukraine faces a possibility of energy shortages this winter if no deal is reached, risking a replay of the disruptions to Europe's gas supplies seen in 2006 and 2009.

"We believe that Ukraine's proposals are absolutely clear, concrete and justified. We are sure that we are significantly closer to solving this issue," he told reporters.

Separately, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are expected to discuss the situation in Ukraine at a meeting in Paris on Oct. 14.

Poroshenko, whose country holds parliamentary elections later this month, has faced some domestic criticism over elements of a peace plan agreed with Russia, especially his offer of autonomy to rebel-held regions of eastern Ukraine.

Interfax reported late on Friday that Poroshenko had sacked one of those critics, Serhiy Taruta, a billionaire businessman, as governor of the Donetsk region. Poroshenko has appointed in Taruta's place as governor Oleksander Kikhtenko, a former head of interior ministry forces, Interfax said. Ukraine leader says expects tough talks with Putin next week | World | Reuters
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Old 11th October 2014, 22:54
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Ukrainian tank plant ramps up production, introduces third daily shift
2014/10/11 EUROMAIDAN PRESS

Ukrainian‬ President Petro ‪Poroshenko‬ and Vladimir Putin will meet in Milan, at a summit of the heads of state of the EU and Asia, Poroshenko confirmed during a meeting with activists of ‪Kharkiv‬ Region, 5 Kanal TV reported at 4pm today Kyiv time.

According to Poroshenko, he hopes that the talks will be successful and will help implement a significant portion of the peace plan.

While in Kharkiv, Poroshenko visited the Malyshev plant, talked to personnel of the automotive factory and was shown around the workshops.
He particularly praised the advanced T-84 Oplot tank and said that a record number of tanks were planned to be delivered for the first time next month.

The plant has switched to a three-shift working day in order to ramp up production rates. The Malyshev plant manufactures T-64 tanks, Bulat T-64BM battle tanks and BTR-4 armoured personnel carriers.

Poroshenko told the channel: “A sign of confidence in the future is the fact that a significant amount of parts have been purchased. I believe that in November, the largest number of tanks and APCs will be built for the first time which the Ukrainian military desperately needs.”
Ukrainian tank plant ramps up production, introduces third daily shift | EUROMAIDAN PRESS | News and Opinion from Across Ukraine
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Old 11th October 2014, 23:38
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Petro Poroshenko: State will support modernization of Air Forces

"Air Forces will receive support of the state in restoration and modernization," the President told in I. Kozhedub Air Forces University of Kharkiv.

Addressing the future pilots, the President said: "You are our Ukrainian falcons. This bird was always a symbol of human love to the sky and freedom. You are to defend peace in the Ukrainian skies".

The President mentioned radical change of public's attitude to the army. "Today, the whole country understands and demonstrates respect to the Armed Forces," he said. According to the President, last year less than 20% of Ukrainians were ready to defend the state and now they are more than 60%. The level of trust in the army is 63% today.

Petro Poroshenko called it symbolic that the educational facility that trains military pilots is situated at Slobozhanshchyna, "free land where independent and free cossacks lived".

The Head of State examined the educational-technical base of the university, classrooms, flight simulators and had a conversation with cadets. Petro Poroshenko: State will support modernization of Air Forces - Official web-site of President of Ukraine
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