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Yanukovych: Ukraine has ambitious plans, looking into the future confidently

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Aug. 24, 2012, 11:19 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has congratulated Ukrainian citizens on the 21st anniversary of the country's independence.
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has congratulated Ukrainian citizens on the 21st anniversary of the country's independence. 

"It has taken us just two decades to build our own state. Thanks to the patriotism of the previous generations and the perseverance of those who created Ukraine's statehood, we have managed to prove that we are the masters on our land and are able to respond to internal and external challenges with dignity. This is the main indisputable result of our independent development," Yanukovych said in his Independence Day message.

Ukraine is a "young state with ambitious plans that is looking into the future confidently," the president said.

"The stage-by-stage stable revival of our economy has opened up opportunities to raise investment, modernize infrastructure and maintain high standards of living. The success of holding the European football championship convincingly demonstrated to the whole world that our country is able to implement global projects," Yanukovych said.

The president said that he believes in Ukraine, its success and prosperity.

"I am convinced that we will certainly achieve new heights," he said. 

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Harry Yellando Aug. 24, 2012, 11:49 a.m.    

Dead from the neck up, this man is making all democratic gains over 20 years disapear with soviet rectric of the past......sad man this one......

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 25, 2012, 2:22 a.m.    

Ukraine,s has yet to fully embrace democracy. It has struggled to become a true democratic state based on European values and Europan models of governance. It cam close, having made an important states toward democratic reform in 2004.

Sadly Ukraine's democratic reforms were opposed and undermined by Yushchenko and members of Our Ukraine.

In 2006 Our Ukraine refused to support the formation of an Organe governing coalition resulting in the collapse of he Orange revolution.

In 2007 Yushenko further undermined democracy in Umraine by unconstitutionally dismissing the previous parliament. In doing so he destroyed confidence in the democratic process and rule of law.

n 2008 Ukraine came close to taking a further step forward in proposals to adopt constitutional reform and the establishment of a full Paliamentray system of Government. gain as was the case back in 2002. Yushchenko opposed Ukraine becoming a true democratic state.

Ukraine will never be a free independent democratic state as long as it it beholden to residential rule.

Yushchenko,s betrayal of Ukraine has set back democratic reform decades if not generations.

Yanukovych in 2010 having cam to power with the support of Yushchenko has reversed the reforms that were adopted following te arrange revolution. This was a backward step. PreviouslynYanukovych had supported Ukraine adopting a Parliamentary system of Governmnet.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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