Ukraine cancels plan to drop winter time change

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Oct. 18, 2011, 6:59 p.m. | Ukraine — by Reuters


Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday cancelled a plan to put the former Soviet republic permanently on daylight saving time, after widespread protests in the west of the country. Parliament overturned a previous decision to align Ukraine with neighbouring Russia and Belarus. On Oct. 30, clocks will again go back one hour as they have in previous years.

Ukrainian deputies, justifying their earlier decision, had argued that the constant switching between winter and summer time harmed people's health and caused stress.

Ukraine will from the end of this month be two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) until at least next spring.

Parliament did not decide whether Ukraine would remain on winter time after spring or not.

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 7:10 p.m.    

This is classic and ready-made fresh material for Comedy Club.

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Anonymous Oct. 19, 2011, 9:43 a.m.    

In the west of Ukraine lives Ukrainian scum, that always moan. They have made it for themselves, because at 7am still dark, but they don't think about the east of Ukraine where at 7pm also is dark, at the moment when on the west still sunny!

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 8:12 p.m.    

Welcome to Ubu Kingdom!

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 10 p.m.    

This is really funny!

Is this the most urgent thing Ukraine has to worry 'bout?

Bring on the clowns!

Ukraine government gives carnivals a bad name!

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 11:37 p.m.    

The decision to revert back to Winter time is a backward step. Teh advanced time shift would dave Ukraine millions of dollars in energy costs. The only region that is slightly disadvantaged by the time shift were regions in Western Ukraine where the sun rises later in the day. Overall the ficed shift in time allocation would have been good for Ukraine's economy and environmental emissions. This issue should be reconsidered.

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Anonymous Oct. 19, 2011, 3 a.m.    

Ukrainian politicians are soooo stupid.

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Anonymous Oct. 19, 2011, 3:04 a.m.    

Why,,,,,Why , do you keep refering to ...&quot;...former Soviet Republic...&quot; ?

History has made the about time you got it thru your thick skull,,,,,,that Ukraine is Ukraine.....period !!!!

Every country was a 'former something ' get with the program.

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Anonymous Oct. 19, 2011, 12:05 p.m.    

i too have asked this many times :(((

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Mykhayl Oct. 19, 2011, 8:38 a.m.    

QUOTE &quot;... widespread protests in the west of the country ...&quot; QUIT

why did they listen to the west on this and not other decisions?

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Anonymous Oct. 19, 2011, 11:11 a.m.    

Ukraine is simply too big to have only one time zone. One side or the other will always get screwed... In Soviet days when all Ukraine was on Moscow time, it was the west side, now for the past 20 years it has been the east side... just let Donetsk/Kharkiv go 1 hour ahead of Kyiv/Lviv, and be done with this discussion. Not a big deal...

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Anonymous Oct. 19, 2011, 2:03 p.m.    

Don't they have anything else to do?!? We're in the crossroads between Russia and EU,the level of corruption is over-the-top,the level of povety is appalling,the state of mines is destractive and the only question they're ready to tackle is TIME?! What's the next 'reform'? Weather bill,I suppose))

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