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Ukraine to return to standard time on Oct. 30 (updated)

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Oct. 18, 2011, 11:57 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Verkhovna Rada has cancelled a resolution eliminating daylight saving time in Ukraine.

The Verkhovna Rada has cancelled a resolution eliminating daylight saving time in Ukraine. A total of 295 lawmakers out of the 349 registered in the parliament's session hall on Tuesday voted for the document.

Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn said that a Cabinet of Ministers resolution of 1996, according to which clocks in Ukraine will be turned one hour back on the last Sunday in October, would be in force.

At its morning session on Tuesday, the parliament failed to approve the same decision, as the Regions Party faction refused to vote for the document.

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 12:05 p.m.    

"3 hours behind GMT" .... they got that a bit wrong!!

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 11:51 p.m.    

Ukraine Summer time is GMT + 3 Standard time is GMT + 2.

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 12:25 p.m.    

Can somebody explain to me in plain English what this means? Are the clocks changing at the end of the month or not?

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 11:49 p.m.    

Yes. Summer time will cease and the cloaks go back one hour at the end of the month.

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 12:39 p.m.    

I SHOULD EXPECT THAT THEY AGREE WITH MOSCOW-TIME.......

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 11:48 p.m.    

Russia has agreed to shift its time zones one hour also. I suspect we will see most of Northern Europe do likewise in the not too distant future. The time shift is sound environmental policy designed to reduce green house gas emissions and energy consumption

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 12:47 p.m.    

At present they are 3 hours ahead of GMT. London is currently 1 hour ahead of GMT (due to British Summer time).

At the end of the month London will put their clocks back to GMT (as usual), But Ukriane will not put their clocks back an hour, instead they will remain 3 hours AHEAD of GMT.

.oO( not behind! )

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 2:34 p.m.    

Its nice to see that the Rada has plenty of time to discuss in which timezone Kiev must be, but not the decriminisation of the Criminal Code Book over economic crimes.....................

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 11:46 p.m.    

This was Baloha at work. He did not want to wake up in the dark and go to bed when it was light. The time-shift only adversely effected parts of Western Ukraine's rural communities.

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 3:47 p.m.    

It is 3 hours ahead of GMT and 1 hour behind Moscow, but of course Interfax wrote the opposite.

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 4:18 p.m.    

Do they know what day it is never mind being able to tell the time!!!

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 5:56 p.m.    

OMG - make your bloody minds up!

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 6:02 p.m.    

Jeezus, the resolution didn't eliminate daylight savings time, it eliminated standard time, placing the country on permanent daylight savings time. Get it right.

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 6:17 p.m.    

so 10 days before the date of change, Ukrainian and international travellers and companies don't know what the rule will be in force on the last week-end of October: will it be a change of time or not? This is a typical example of the poor governance of Ukraine and the total unability of the Ukrainian political elite to govern a modern State. In which other country do you have such absurd situation?

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 11:42 p.m.    

The decision to revert back to Winter time is a backward step. The advanced time shift would saved Ukraine millions of dollars in energy costs and consumption. The only regions that are disadvantaged by the time shift are regions in Western Ukraine where the sun rises later in the day. Overall the fixed shift in time allocation would have been good for Ukraine's economy and environment. This issue should be reconsidered.

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Anonymous Oct. 19, 2011, 11:34 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, 2:30 p.m.    

This is not about time. This is about their ability to make decisions! Only recently they cancelled daylight saving.Have they just reversed it back? This must be some kind of a joke.

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