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Yanukovych appeals to the nation, asks Tymoshenko to step down

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Feb. 10, 2010, 3:55 p.m. |
Dear citizens of Ukraine! Friends and colleagues!

Thank you for your support given to me during the elections! I will do everything possible to prove worthy of your trust.

The elections showed the whole world that Ukraine is a democratic nation. This means that we’ll overcome problems, implement reforms and join the community of the most successful nations of the world.

Ukraine is a big country. We are all different. We live in cities and villages, in East and West; we have different visions of our history. I believe that politics and elections should not divide our country, but, on the contrary, should unite people.

I met hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country. I talked to miners and military men, steel makers and housewives, farmers and pensioners, students and workers. We are all united with one great dream.

We all want to live in a free, stable, democratic country where everyone’s well-being is a major concern of the state, where a person is protected by law and respects laws, where everyone can find a decent job, the youth has prospects for the future, and the elderly enjoy the right to a decent life.

We all want to be proud of our country! It’s the main thing that unites our people! Thus, the economic security of every citizen and unification of the country will be top priority issues for me.

I believe Ukraine stands a good chance of the economic growth. On some future day, the country may be among the most economically developed countries. With this aim in mind, we need a huge advance in the economic and social spheres.

Ukraine needs a strategy for an innovative breakthrough that will become the basis of an economic boost. This is a strategy of supporting high priority areas where our country is strong and that will become the basis for international cooperation. Such areas and industries include steel-making, aircraft engineering, rocket engineering, the nuclear power industry, the military industrial complex and agriculture.

Here I would like to share with you my vision of international priorities of Ukraine.

We will build Ukraine as a united and independent state, which guards its sovereignty. Ukraine will be respected in the world, and we will enjoy good relations with all of our partners.

We respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all our partners and expect to be treated the same by them.

We are the bridge between West and East. We border friendly countries and we are open to new ideas. We are choosing a democratic path and our economy is closely integrated with the economies of Russia and CIS countries, and it is becoming more so with the West.

It is important that all of these ties grow so that we can exploit these advantages for the good of the country and our people.

We are committed to the policy of creating good neighborly relations with all countries. We will not just declare Ukraine’s adherence to common human values. We will act.

We will use the experience of developed countries in reshaping political institutions, business legislation and humanitarian policies.

We will collaborate in creating the European security system.

Speaking of specific actions in this regard, I intend to meet leaders of Russia, EU countries and the U.S. as soon as possible in order to establish new working relations. It is of great importance for Ukraine.

We need the assistance of the West to stabilize the economic situation and restructure financial liabilities; I am particularly interested in improving our investment climate so we can attract further European and American investment, and I am interested in increasing our trade levels.

I will do all I can to promote Ukrainian exports. This is the future of our country, and will bring more jobs to our people.

Negotiations will proceed so that we can enter into a treaty with the EU, within the framework of the European policy neighbourhood, and implement economic assistance programs.

I see Ukraine, in the near future, as a country with a strong economy and developed democratic institutions, a country that makes a unique contribution to creating a safe, stable and prosperous Europe.

Relations with Russia and CIS countries will be our priority. Our countries are closely connected – in terms of economics, culture, and history. Our economic complexes complement each other. These advantages should be used for our people’s benefit.

We will clear the debris of misunderstanding and old problems that emerged during the years of the Orange power.

I am positive that we will be able to restore the proper level of trust between our fraternal nations to achieve mutual benefit. There are no unsolvable problems between our countries.

I am convinced that soon we will launch large-scale joint projects in various fields – industry, gas and energy, trade, transport infrastructure, culture, and humanitarian issues. This will be beneficial for our country.

However, good foreign policies are not, by themselves, sufficient to build a country.

Now is when Ukraine needs a strong, powerful and democratic government most. The country needs a professional government with a consistent program for solving the existing problems. We need the power that will really implement this program.

The reorganization of the Cabinet of Ministers is certainly a top priority issue.

A new Cabinet of Ministers will need to immediately:

- Conduct a comprehensive audit of the economic and financial state of Ukraine and determine the scope of problems inherited from the previous government.

- Create mechanisms that would ensure transparency of the government for our partners and the public.

- Introduce the state budget-2010 for approval.

- Take urgent measures for social protection of people.

- Restore our people’s and foreign partners’ confidence in the government institutions of Ukraine.

- Appeal to our creditors, to our neighbors and to more economically developed countries to reach agreements and ensure direct assistance in overcoming the crisis.

We must urgently implement these tasks to prevent the economic collapse of our country.

The new Cabinet of Ministers should start a war against corrupt practices; otherwise there will be no place for Ukraine among the civilized countries.

We need to start a broad discussion in our society and start the process of reforming key elements of our state power system.

We need to ensure implementation of the program “Ukraine for People” I presented during my election campaign.

I am sure this program has great prospects and may be complemented with ideas and visions of our economists, politicians and experts.

When forming the new government, I am committed to work with everyone interested in bringing our great country together.

But to reorganize the Government it’s essential to create a new governing coalition in the Verkhovna Rada, pursuant to the Constitution. This is a hard negotiation process, but we can not wait any longer. People are tired of waiting.

So, I hereby officially address the Prime Minister and encourage her to resign office and move to the opposition. I urge the current coalition members to announce dissolution of the current coalition, so that I could start talks with other political parties on formation of a new Government.

I hereby remind Tymoshenko that a will of the people is the basis of democracy. Democratic leaders always take for granted any results of expression of the will of people. Our country does not need another political crisis. People voted for a change of government. I ask the Prime Minister to make the right decision and move to the opposition.

It’s the only right scenario for implementing the will of the people and demonstrate to the world that we are in fact a democratic country.

I will try not to be hasty in large-scaled political reforms. I will only propose Constitutional changes when I see that the existing political system has no future and slows the implementation of necessary reforms.

As the new President of our country, I believe that the objective of Ukraine’s revival is totally achievable.

I am positive that we have good prospects of the economic growth, and in the near future Ukraine may become one of the wealthy nations in Eastern Europe.

I will unite Ukraine, bring order to our government and provide every Ukrainian with an opportunity to live a decent life and work in a stable country respected by our neighbors and by all countries worldwide!

This is my main objective as the President of Ukraine!

I thank the people of Ukraine for entrusting me with their hopes for their future. I am committed to proving worthy of their trust.

I wish health, happiness, optimism and prosperity to all people of Ukraine!

And God bless Ukraine.

The entire address has been posted by Yanukovych's Party of Regions website.
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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 4:15 p.m.    

He states "When forming the new government, I am committed to work with everyone interested in bringing our great country together" and "So, I hereby officially address the Prime Minister and encourage her to resign office and move to the opposition. I urge the current coalition members to announce dissolution of the current coalition, so that I could start talks with other political parties on formation of a new Government"

So he is committed to work with everyone interested in bringing Ukraine together as long as they are not a member of BYuT, Our Ukraine and Bloc Lytvyn? How is that going to bring Ukraine together? Missed opportunity this speech...

Unfortunately Yulia’s speech would have probably have the same mistake…

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 11:01 a.m.    

how riduculous to see Yanuk on TV reading his speech, a total idiot that will lead Ukraine into abyss..

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 7:19 p.m.    

Less than 1/2 of the voters voted for him , the majority rejected him!

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 8:08 p.m.    

Your comment means absolutely nothing. Clinton won less than 50% in both 92 and 96

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 8:07 p.m.    

Just as the majority rejected Bill Clinton in both of his terms or did you forget that???

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 9:11 p.m.    

Congratulations to Mr. Yanukovich on his rightful victory. Unlike the previous corrupt regime, he surely will work to help the ukraine achieve stability for its people. From an economic standpoint, the first thing Mr. Yanukovich should do after achieving a majority in their parliament is to raise salaries and pensions for the common citizen. Currently, the people earn an astonishing less than $200 a month and the elderly earn less than $100 a month pension.

Raising subsidies on gas and electricity should also improve the peoples lives. The IMF is not needed. For too long since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Ukraine has existed on American and Western aid simply to pay its bills and stay afloat.

The time is now to more closely integrate the economy with that of Russia and Belorus; ie-perhaps an economic union of some type. This can only serve to strengthen the Ukraine and prevent its collapse. As for the military, Mr. Yanukovich is making a wise choice forsaking NATO as that would bring un-needed confrontation with Russia. Russia is a close neighbor and the historical ties between these countries m ake it more pragmatic to have closer military cooperation between the two.

Congratulations once again to the Ukrainian people for making an intelligent choice for Mr. Yanukovich as President.

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 9:53 p.m.    

With Western countries dutifully blessing the elections, something is wrong. This is starting to smell like &quot;Honduras&quot; scenario.

In Honduras, US-trained military guy ousted the President. All Western countries &quot;condemened' the coup, including US. But as it turned out, they all supported the coup. This was proven when Brazil called their bluff, and invited ousted president to stay at their Embassy in Honduras, with the objective of having him restored.

Naturally, Western powers did not want him restored. What they &quot;recommended&quot; was a solution whereby neither the leader of he coup, nor the ousted president can run for Presidency. A new hasty elections were organized, and a candidate of Western powers, and their local oligarch, won. Naturally, since the ousted President's electorate did not have anyone to vote for!

This may follow the same pattern. Elections are recognized and praised. But Yulia goes to courts with irregularities. Courts grant that some irregularities occured. Electoral Commission can certify elections, as not all irregularities call for overturning the election. However, if there is a deadlock between Courts and Electoral Commission, she can manage to get her supporters to the streets, and require a rerun of elections.

The poor Western governments, wanting nothing but the best for Ukraine, would come up --- selflessly -- with the solution. How about neither of them being able to run, and only the two next candidates from the general election to be allowed to run. Yulia would agree to that, leaving Yanukovic stranded. And in the chaos that would ensue, enough arm twisting may occur to force powerbrokers and money interests to accept this solution.

This is risky in Ukraine, as there is no guarantee that Yanukovic voters would accept this. But it somehow smells.

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 10:11 p.m.    

What language did the President of Ukraine Yanukovych speak ? Ukrainian or Russian ??

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 10:43 p.m.    

He spoke Russian with a smattering of Eastern Ukrainian/Russian mix in different parts of his speech.

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 1:24 a.m.    

&quot;Eastern Ukrainian&quot;? Is that somehow distinct from &quot;Ukrainian&quot;? Or is it just use something other than Polish and German loanwords of &quot;Western Ukrainian&quot;?

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 11:15 p.m.    

get out yulia, you had your chance and failed miserably, now let someone else have an opportunity to fail

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 1:52 a.m.    

the only thing missing on the &quot;Ukrainian presidents&quot; web site IS Ukrainian. someone please explain.

&quot;We will build Ukraine as a united and independent state, which guards its sovereignty.&quot; if this was true he would have at least said his speech in Ukrainian. Independent means Ukrainian, not a borrowed language, Russian.

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 2:48 a.m.    

This is NOT important. And, since you live in Canada, you probably don't know, but Russian is the most commonly spoken language in Ukraine. Russia grew out of Ukraine. So there is nothing wrong whatsoever with people and President of Ukraine speaking Russian.

However the more pressing issue is bringing the order and restoring the economy. This is why Yanukovich won and Yushchenko lost.

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 6:10 a.m.    

Well after all he is a true Ukrainian patriot ! NOT !!

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 5:10 a.m.    

This was a fine speech made by Mr. Yanukovich asking for unity after all Ukraine has been thru. The sppech was made in Russian. Despite what the diaspora wants you to believe, Russian is spoken more than Ukrainian in the large cities.

Ukraine will show that is it better off with close economic and military cooperation with Russia. The people have made their voice heard that they want Mr. Yanukovich to lead Ukraine away from the economic fiasco created by the Western Ukraine-leaning faction of Mr. Yuschenko and Ms. Timoshenko. The problem we have on this board is that there are a dis-proportionate amount of people in the diaspora who come from such oblasts as Lviv,Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil. For an unexplainable reason these diasporians believe that their point of view should represent all of Ukraine and that any other opinion from other regions is incorrect. They choose to ignore what is the obvious. Here is one example: Western Ukrainians say their families are living a poor life.This is total nonsense. If you meet one of them in Ukraine you will find they have the most expensive cell phones,stereo equipment,DVD players and shiny new automobiles. I suppose they call themselves poor if as of yet they have been unable to own a Mercedes. Most of the diaspora from these regions abandoned Ukraine but for some reason show their ignorance and arrogance as soon as they arrive on U.S or Canadian soil. Once immigrated, these very same people are shocked to find out that their university degrees in sub-standard Western Ukraine institutes are worthless. It's funny when you meet some of these people. Many of them call themselves &quot;doktor&quot; although at least in one instance, the woman's education amounted to nothing more than a nurse aide in a hospital facility.I once met a Western Ukrainian from Lviv who called himself an electrical engineer. When I asked him what he did, he mentioned that in the building where he worked, whenever a light bulb went out, he had to replace it. When I heard this I wanted to cry.

These are the same &quot;heroes of Ukraine&quot; who believe that Julia Timoshenko is the second Virgin Mary simply because she &quot;supported&quot; the Orange Revoultion in 2004, obviously for her own political gain.

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 6:09 a.m.    

Once upon a time there was a convicted criminal from Donetsk who grew up and became a &quot;proffessor&quot; with PhD. Now he is president of a country inhabited by yolopy like you. You deserve each other. Pity about the other half of decent Ukrainians that want a better life away from russia and all it stands for. Havent you had enough of that himno ? May God help you !

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 2:12 p.m.    

A joke I heard in Kiev at the time of his 2004 candidacy asked, “Did you know that Yanukovych is seeking a third term?” (His first two terms were in prison, as a very young man, for robbery, grievous bodily harm and sexual assault.) Says a lot for the quality of President the regions chose !

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 6:15 a.m.    

i offer my congratulations to the great people of my beloved Ukrainia. The election of Mr. Yan.. shows the development of a stable democracy. i would have wished for a younger leader that is not tied to the soviet past, but their time will come. It is better to have mr. Yanu then Yulia in power. I strongly support the idea of building a bridge with Russia, but be careful not to live in their den too much, for you could be swalloed by the bear. God bless my beloved ukrainia.

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 8:33 a.m.    

Lets hope that Ukraine can co-exist with all its neighbours and the world community. President Yanukovych prove to everyone that you have Ukraines best interests at heart and that you are a Ukrainian patriot. Unite Ukraine and make it into a strong and proud country that the whole world will take notice and that all people living in Ukraine can enjoy democracy and freedom that it deserves. It has suffered for much too long and it is time go forward with head held high. Slava Ukraini !

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 6:20 a.m.    

...not so fast CLOWNS, .there is gonna be a &quot;re-Count&quot; of the votes for the Presidential election. Didn't you hear, your TOWN CLOWN YANU was at it again, bus’n in votes, bribing votes, multiple voting, by the same CLOWN supporters, the list goes on. Same old TOWN CLOWN…nothing new here!Город Kлоуна YANU!

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 8:13 a.m.    

There is no proof of your propaganda. 3500 international observers were in Ukraine and found the election very honestly done. Can all these people be incorrect and your anonymous rant be correct?

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 9:57 a.m.    

...surely you are not so na&amp;#239;ve about what constitutes election fraud? International Observers mainly monitor balloting, what makes an election fair, is not only monitoring balloting, but many many other things, which observers are not responsible for, nor observe ...2004 is a case-n-point, surely you remember? People have come forth in this elections and proclaimed they were &quot;bribed&quot;, paid to vote, for Mr. Yanu, many others were bused-in, their are also accounts of multi-voting, a person with the same hand writing on multiple ballots, not to mention, the constitution prohibits police tactics at voting stations, yet Mr. Yanu sent his &quot;paid&quot; para-military in, 2000+ in Kiev alone, to essentially &quot;police&quot; voting, that is illegal, not to mention, there are reports of the para-military police intimidating voters, also illegal. Complaints are mounting as people come forth, enough so that the CEC as stated that they are legitimate, will be investigated, and votes recounted, this is the right of citizens under Ukrainian law, and the right of the Candidates, to ensure that a fair democratic election has occurred. Observers are not able to observe such unscrupulous activities, this is not so unlike 2004. In the coming days this will become clearer to the whole world when all of the information is fully disclosed. It will depend on how widespread and serious this matter is as to what the CEC and the Courts will do about it. Lastly, an attempt to try and change the elections laws in the Constitution, on the eve of a national election, unheard of in true democracies, reeks of foul play and corruption, regardless of anyone’s comments to support such an activity. Mr. Yushchenko, being an out going President and having signed such legislation, essentially tipped his hat in favor of Mr. Yanu, a bad move for both. It’s likely to have been the cause for a certain amount of confusion and uncertainty for all, which was to the benefit of Mr. Yanu. The Courts will have to take a hard look at these unscrupulous activities propagated by Mr. Yanu. Therefore, for all these reasons, Ms Tymoshenko has very solid grounds to dispute these election results, and thus should not concede until these matters are resolved to her’s and the CECs satisfaction. Thus, this can hardly be considered rant.

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 2:32 p.m.    

TIME FOR THE EGO CENTRIC MANIACAL GAS PRINCESS YULIA TYMOSHENKO TO TAKE A BREAK AND GO SEE A PSYCHIATRIST.

THOSE IN THE KNOW SAY SHE'S BEEN IN HOSPITAL FOR 2 DAYS UNDER I.V. FEEDING BECAUSE SHE COULDN'T BELIEVE THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE REJECTED HER. WELL SURPRISE, SURPRISE GAS PRINCESS, YOU'RE NOT AS POPULAR AS YOU THINK.

TIME FOR HER TO CLEAN THE HOUSE OF GOVERNMENT AND LET IN NEW BLOOD THAT ACTUALLY KNOWS WHAT TO DO WITH THE ECONOMY. HOW CAN SOMEONE WHO DESTROYED THE ECONOMY NOW BE CHARGED WITH FIXING IT.

THE SORE LOSER SHOULD FACE UP TO BEING A SO-CALLED DEMOCRAT AND RESIGN !! OTHERWISE, HER IMAGE IN UKRAINE AND THE WEST WILL SUFFER. PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE HER AS THE EGO-CRAZED MANIAC THAT SHE IS -- THAT'S GOOD FOR UKRAINE.

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 6:47 p.m.    

...how quickly you CLOWN supporters forget, it is literally amazing, but not to me! ...and so I c you CLOWN like gossip as well, ...the Princess was never in the hospital on iv, but it is clear, CLOWNs like you need therapy, so I am here to offer service, here goes, .... Что это такое говорите! …Поскольку…, …Clown, you and your keystone cops, PoR, are the ones responsible for having wrecked the current economy, REMEMBER MR. YANU, YOU were the opposition, and for these last 5-years, YOU and YOUR CIRCUS CLOWNS drove the country into the ground, just so you could satisfy your megalomaniac ego to be President, …so congratulations Missster YANU, ГОРОД КЛОУН! , you certainly have succeeded, you blocked, delayed and drove all the efforts of the legislature to pass the needed reforms to get Ukraine moving again, and now the Princess is gonna finally get her payback and finish you-off!. …I wouldn’t bother whining all you CLOWN Supporters, …don’t even waste your time telling me you didn’t know or couldn’t see this coming, … именно во всем вы КЛОУНЫ! So U C YANU is very old “BAD” blood. Therefore, we DEMAND RE-COUNT! for YANU and people like YOU having bused-in all your clowns to vote, multi-ballots with the same hand writing, Bribed votes, election law violations, thug tactics, etc, …the Neo-Stalinist of our times like the CLOWN YANU and Putin are SNAKEs! …they simply shed their old Communist skins and then put on Western business suits to look like good democrats, yet they still remain snakes, …let the Circus roll…oouuuh!, what’s the smell, must be the so called democrat YANU

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