KIEV, May 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Petro Poroshenko, a business tycoon and member of Ukraine’s parliament, is winning the presidential elections in Ukraine with 55.9% of the vote, according to exit poll data.
His closest rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, is scoring 12.9% of the vote. Third comes Oleh Lyashko (8%); Anatoly Grytsenko gained 6.3%; Serhiy Tihipko has 4.7%. Mykhailo Dobkin scored 2.1% of the votes. Petro Symonenko has 1.1%. Ultra-radicals Oleh Tyahnybok scored 1.3% and Dmytro Yarosh — 0.9% of votes.
The exit poll was conducted by three big sociological centers, the Ilk Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives foundation, the Kiev International Institute of Sociology, and the Alexander Razumkov Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Research.
Petro Poroshenko’s biography
Petro Poroshenko was born September 26, 1965, in the Odessa region. He has graduated from the Kiev University with a degree in economics from the faculty of international relations and international law.
In the 1990s, he engaged in business and headed the Ukrprominvest consortium. In 2000, he set up and chaired the Solidarity party. After the victory of the ‘orange revolution’, in 2005 he was appointed Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, and in 2007 — head of Ukraine’s National Bank. In 2009-2010 he was minister of foreign affairs, in 2012 he became minister of trade and economic development. Since December 2012, Petro Poroshenko is Verkhovna Rada deputy and member of the committee on European integration. He owns the Roshen consortium, the largest confectionery manufacturer in Ukraine. He ranks 7th in the Forbes list of richest people in Ukraine.
Medvedev arrives in Crimea on his second trip in two recent months
This trip is Medvedev’s second once after Crimea’s accession to Russia in March. On March 31, he held an offsite meeting of the Russian government on the peninsula.
On Sunday, the head of the Russian Cabinet will visit the Crimean department of the Russian Federal Migration Service, which has a center for issuing Russian passports. Later in the day, Medvedev, who is the leader of Russia’s ruling United Russia party, will meet with people at the party’s headquarters in Sevastopol.
On Monday, May 26, he will visit the Artek international children’s center and will chair a government meeting dedicated to issues of organizing children’s vacationing.
A large delegation accompanies the prime minister on his current trip, including deputies Igor Shuvalov, Dmitry Kozak, Arkady Dvorkovich, Olga Golodets, Dmitry Rogozin, Sergei Prikhodko, Yuri Trutnev and Alexander Khloponin; as well as ministers Dmitry Livanov, Vladimir Puchkov, Veronika Skvortsova, Maxim Topilin, Oleg Savelyev; Oleg Belaventsev, the Russian president’s envoy to the Crimean Federal District, and Crimea’s acting Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov.
At present, the Russian Federal Migration Service is issuing passports to persons who permanently reside in the territories of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol. Temporary passport centers have been set up in the Crimean capital of Simferopol, the federal city of Sevastopol and Kerch. For example, the Sevastopol passport center employs almost 300 people who work in two shifts and prepare up to 7,000 passports daily. 256,883 passports had been ready by May 19.
The Artek international children’s camp opened on June 16, 1925. Though it is not in its best condition today, Artek is planning to receive at least 4,000 children this summer. However, the camp needs repairs and renovation to be able to receive more guests.
Crimea has a total of 57 children’s recreation camps and 10 health resort centers. There are nine children’s camps and two health resort centers in Sevastopol. All of them will be inspected by the end of May to see whether these recreation facilities meet sanitary requirements.
Russia, with Crimea excluded, has 52,000 camps and health resort centers that will receive 8.5 million children this year, of which 2.8 million are children from problem families. More than 4.5 billion rubles ($131.7 million) have already been allocated from regions and municipal budgets to organize children’s vacations. More than 4.3 billion rubles ($125.9 million) will come from the federal budget. The average cost of rest in countryside recreation camps is 17,000 rubles (about 500 USD).
More than 30,000 children from other parts of Russia will spend their summer vacations in Crimea this year.
Russia firmly stands by all provisions of gas deal with Ukraine - Putin
ST. PETERSBURG, May 24 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia strictly abides by all provisions of the gas contract with Ukraine, but will discuss price discounts for the Russian gas only after Ukraine repays its previous debts, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday.
“Russia firmly sticks to each letter, period and coma in the contract,” he said adding that Russia was interested in supplying gas “to responsible buyers, who pay the price stated in the contract.”
The president said he was indeed surprised that Russia should reduce the gas price for Ukraine, which failed to repay the previous debts. He reiterated that Russia’s previous gas price discount for Ukraine was tied to the lease of the Black Sea port of Sevastopol.
Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz’s debt to Moscow currently stands at about $3.5 billion with the gas price standing at $485.5 per 1,000 cu m. European consumers are afraid the situation may affect transit gas supplies to Europe.
On April 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a letter on the situation in Ukraine to the leaders of 18 European countries who buy Russian natural gas. In the letter, he explained in detail the current critical situation with Ukraine’s debt for Russian gas supplies, which could affect gas transit to European consumers.
Moscow recently substantially raised the price for gas supplied to Ukraine from the figure of $268.5 per 1,000 cubic meters agreed last year when an association agreement with the EU was shelved in November 2013.
In the second quarter of 2014, the price for Russian gas for Ukraine was set at $385.5 per 1,000 cu m. Russian energy giant Gazprom said earlier that the price rose from $268.5 due to the return to earlier contract agreements, as Ukraine failed to fulfill its commitments under an additional agreement concluded in December 2013, which obliged the country to pay for supplied volumes of Russian gas in time.
On April 2, Putin signed a law on denunciation of the Kharkov Accords with Ukraine, which were struck in 2010 and stipulated that Russia’s lease of naval facilities in Crimea [then part of Ukraine] would be extended by 25 years beyond 2017 - until 2042.
The Kharkov deals envisioned a discount of $100 per 1,000 cu m on Russian gas for Kiev. Now that the accords have been denounced due to Crimea’s accession to the Russian Federation, the discount will no longer be applied, raising the gas price by another $100 to $485.5 per 1,000 cu m, which is expected to make the economic situation in Ukraine even more complicated.
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Poroshenko will become president of half of Ukraine - Ukrainian lawmaker
MOSCOW, May 25, /ITAR-TASS/. Sunday’s presidential elections in Ukraine can be barely be called legitimate, Oleg Tserv, a member of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) and the leader of the South-East movement, told the Russia 24 television channel on Sunday night.
Although, he said it was still necessary to respect the choice of those Ukrainian who had voted for oligarch Petr Porishenko.
“Naturally, we cannot say these elections were legitimate, we can say only that we respect the will of those Ukrainian who voted for Poroshenko. But Donbass, Lugansk and Donetsk voted for neither of the candidates,” he said, noting that Poroshenko’s supporters were mainly from the Ukrainian western regions. “That is why we insist that this is the choice of only half of Ukraine,” he stressed, adding that if Poroshenko finally won the elections, he would be “the president of a half of the country.”
“The Poroshenko phenomenon stems from the fact that people are tired of the war, they are ready to vote for anyone who they think can stop this war. Yulia Timoshenko, who called to burn down the southeast of the country, Russians with atomic weapons… well, people have decided she is unable to stop the war,” he said.
“Much will depend on whether Petr Porioshenko takes the position of the Kiev authorities. If he condemns them, he will have a chance. If he stops the bloodshed, if he pulls back troops from the southeastern regions, announces amnesty, promises to change the constitution, grant the second official language status to the Russian language, he will have a chance,” Tsarev stressed.
Special operation against federalization supporters in Ukraine to resume within hours
KIEV, May 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine's First Vice-Premier Vitaly Yarema announced at a briefing here on Sunday that Ukrainian security forces would resume an active phase of special operation in the country's eastern regions against federalization supporters within hours.
He said, "The Armed Forces have fully blocked that part of regions" where a people's volunteer corps had been formed.
"In order to bring about conditions for a peaceful solution to the question connected with elections, active operations on the part of the Ukrainian army and law enforcement agencies were suspended on Sunday so that residents of the eastern regions could get to polling stations and cast their votes," the Vice-Premier pointed out.