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Emergency ministry sees no grounds for state of emergency

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Nov. 6, 2009, 5:07 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Emergencies Ministry sees no grounds to introduce a state of emergency in Ukraine due to the flu epidemic. "The situation at present is under control and predictable, and there is no need to announce a state of emergency," the director of the civil protection department of the Emergencies Ministry, Vasyl Kvashuk, said during a phone-in in Kyiv on Nov. 6.

He noted that a state of emergency can be introduced by the Verkhovna Rada at the request of the president.

At the same time, the emergency rule can be imposed only if there is a threat to citizens' lives and steps can be taken to stop the widening of this threat, Kvashuk said.
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