Parent’s faithful quest in finding missing sister "Vera"

September 30, 2009

US adoptive parents Robert and Maryann DeSimone, from Huntington, N.Y, have embarked on a mission to find the missing sister of three Ukrainian children they adopted. The children’s mother died whilst giving birth to Vera, the missing child. The DeSimone’s want to find out what happened to Vera in the hope of putting the family back in touch.

We can not help but feel for the DeSimone family who want to keep the family and sisters together, a noble cause.

The challenge now is for Ukraine’s political elite to help the DeSimone’s in their quest for closure.

Yushchenko Embarks on Kamikaze Economic Destruction mission

September 30, 2009

Yushchenko continues to misuse and abuse his power.

Ukraine’s embattled President, Viktor Yushchenko, is once again, planning to undermine Ukraine’s economic stability in threatening to block supply by rejecting Ukraine’s budget.

Embarking on a political suicide mission to destroy Ukraine’s economic stability, Yushchenko hopes to gain some cheap political advantage in the false hope that  Ukraine’s suffering will help Yushchenko resurrect his prospects of securing a second term in office.  Yushchenko’s support rating is less then  4% and he is expected to lose in the first round ballot scheduled to be held on January 17, 2010.

Many western democracies have removed or seriously limited the Head of State’s ability to block supply.

Yushchenko Poisons Chemical Sale Catalyst for Causing Negative Reaction

September 30, 2009

All care no responsibility

Ukraine’s embattled President, Viktor Yushchenko, having just days before the close of the tender undermined the success of for the sale of the Odesa-Port-Side Chemical Plant now turns around and tries to shift the blame for the implosion on to the government. Yushchenko’s aim was to stabilise Ukraine’s economy in the lead up to the Presidential election. Having failed to reach its reserve of 2 billion dollars, the chemical plant will be relisted for tender following the Presidential election scheduled for January 17, 2010. With Yushchenko neutralized
and out of the way Ukraine’s economic recover should be in a more stabilised situation.

Yanukovych, Tymoshenko: Two horse race

September 30, 2009

National Radio Ukraine reports:
If the presidential elections were held in the end of September, Viktor Yanukovych and Yulia Tymoshenko would have had the highest support of the voters, according to the survey conducted by the Ukrainian Democratic Circle at the request of the Institute of Politics.

A total of 28.9% of voters ready to back Yanukovych and 20.8% support Tymoshenko. Other politicians have a substantially lower backing of the population. In the runoff election, Yanukovych would get 41% and Tymoshenko 35.1%.

Revolution has come to a stand still – There will be no mass protest in the streets

September 26, 2009

Ukraine will not see a repeat of events that saw mass protests in the streets in 2004 and the eventual election of Viktor Yushchenko to the presidency in an unprecedented and controversial third round ballot. Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s Prime-minister and main candidate for election in January’s poll has stated on TV and reported on national radio that “We will not challenge any election returns to avoid tremors, which may bring about instability in this country”.

“If the people elect their president, and this is not Yulia Tymoshenko, I will take this choice easy, for sure”

Her statement was also backed by Ukraine’s former President Leonid Kuchma who has excluded the possibility of a third round ballot.

According to the past President, during the election campaign in 2004 a decision about holding the third round was political and it will not be repeated. “The 2004 decision was an exclusion from a rule”.

This is a clear sign that the presidential elections are expected to produce a clear result that will be acceptable to all parties with the possible exception of Ukraine’s incumbent President, Viktor Yushchenko, who is expected to lose in the first round of the elections scheduled for January 17, 2010.

Yushchenko’s plan to disrupt the elections begins to unravel as support drops away

September 26, 2009

Ukraine president, Viktor Yushchenko has shown signs that his proposed plan to disrupt Ukraine’s Presidential election and further destabilize Ukraine’s economy may be beginning to lose support. Days after Yushchenko had lodged an appeal in Ukraine’s Constitutional Court against the Law on the Presidential election Yushchenko’s Constitutional voice, Maryna Stavniychuk, has issued the first sign of backing down.

The deputy head of the presidential secretariat stated.

It is obvious that there are no serious political or legal grounds to consider the issue of the possible disruption of the presidential elections in Ukraine”

This is a clear indication that Ms Stavniychuk may have been given intel that the Constitutional Court will reject Yushchenko’s appeal as not having any substance. The head of the Constitutional Court has stated that the Court will not be considering Yushchenko’s appeal as a matter of urgency. It is also likely that Yushchenko has been advised that any attempt to disrupt the election would not be supported by the international community.

The other issue of concern is the announcement that the President of Ukraine will once again seek to block supply and misuse his authority to reject Ukraine’s budget. If this happens Yushchenko will cause a major constitutional and financial crisis and loss of confidence weeks before the Presidential poll.

Many western countries have removed or seriously limited the ability of the head of state to block supply and reject a government’s budget, the reason being that it is a power that is widely open to abuse.

Yushchenko is still languishing in the polls and in spite his claims that he will win the next election his support rating remains in single digits and he is not considered a player or a serious contender.

Presidential elections to cost more then 3.5 times 2007 elections

September 21, 2009

Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) has reported that it will spend 1.27 billion hryvina to hold the next Presidential election at an approximate cost of 36 hryvina per registered voter. By comparison the costs of the 2007 Parliamentary election was 10 hryvina per voter. 36.582 million voters are registered to vote including 390,000 which are located abroad in foreign countries. The CEC has indicted that the electoral roll is of high quality and has been prepared with the assistance of the OSCE.

Party of Regions has expressed concern that the number of registered voters in the south east of Ukraine is less then in 2007 whilst the percentage of voters registered in Western Ukraine has increased. Overall there is 400,000 less voters registered now then in 2007.

Concern was also expressed about the recent decree of the President that requires regional state administrations to promote Yushchenko’s version of admendments to Ukraine’s constitution. Party of regions has hinted that they will apply to Ukraine’s Constitutional Court to have them review the President’s decree as they considered it to be inappropriate use of public resources for what is essentially electioneering propaganda.