Порошенко про реакцію на інсценування вбивства Бабченка: не українців треба засуджувати, а Росію

Дії Росії, яка готувала вбивство російського опозиційного журналіста Аркадія Бабченка, потрібно засуджувати, заявив президент України Петро Порошенко у відповідь на критику інсценування загибелі кореспондента. 

«Унаслідок блискучої спецоперації, що була проведена героями із СБУ, весь світ побачив справжнє обличчя нашого ворога. Засилають цілі вантажівки зброї, гроші для вбивства українців: журналістів, державних діячів. Коли ми спіймали їх на гарячому, кажуть, що ми не так діємо. Вам не українців треба засуджувати, а Росію», – сказав Порошенко в Івано-Франківській області. 

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Увечері 29 травня поліція заявила, що в Києві вбили російського опозиційного журналіста Аркадія Бабченка. 

30 травня голова СБУ Василь Грицак повідомив, що журналіст живий. 

Грицак стверджує, що спецслужбі вдалося розкрити план з підготовки вбивства журналіста. СБУ затримала громадянина України Г., якого, за словами Грицака, для організації вбивства найняли російські спецслужби. 

Низка міжнародних організацій розкритикувала інсценування вбивства Бабченка. Зокрема, базований у Нью-Йорку Комітет захисту журналістів (КЗЖ) заявив, що інсценуванням убивства російського опозиційного журналіста Аркадія Бабченка український уряд «підірвав довіру до себе». З подібними заявами виступили в ОБСЄ та організації «Репортери без кордонів».

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В Україні розпочинається десятиліття української мови – указ

Президент України Петро Порошенко підписав указ про «десятиліття української мови», інформує прес-служба Адміністрації президента України. 

«До мене звернулися видатні діячі науки для того, щоб я оголосив 2018 рік роком української мови. Я відмовив. Тому, що за один рік ти мову не захистиш. Але я прийняв рішення і підписую указ про те, що з 2018 року ми оголошуємо десятиліття української мови і робимо все можливе для того, щоби мову захистити. Бо головне, що тримає націю, що забезпечує її розвиток – є українська мова», – сказав Порошенко під час візиту до Івано-Франківської області. 

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В АП зазначили, що указ передбачає затвердження цільової програми на 2018 – 2028 роки, «спрямованої на забезпечення всебічного розвитку і функціонування української мови як державної в усіх сферах суспільного життя, створення єдиного культурного простору України та збереження цілісності культури». 

Водночас Порошенко запевнив, що дбатиме про збереження прав національних меншин України. 

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У травні Тимошенко взяла участь лише в 1% голосувань у Раді – КВУ

Лідер «Батьківщини» Юлія Тимошенко в травні взяла участь лише в 1% голосувань Верховної Ради, підрахував Комітет виборців України. Політик проголосувала сім разів. 

«Серед іншого Юлія Тимошенко не голосувала за закони щодо трансплантації органів людині та вдосконалення діяльності Держбюро розслідувань. Лідер «Батьківщини» була письмово зареєстрована на восьми пленарних засідань», – заявили у КВУ. 

В організації також повідомили, що співголови «Опозиційного блоку» Юрій Бойко та Олександр Вілкул взяли участь у 6% та 8% голосувань відповідно, лідер «Радикальної партії» Олег Ляшко – у 35%, Олег Березюк із «Самопомочі» – 75%, Максим Бурбак із «Народного фронту» – 79%, а Артур Герасимов із «Блоку Петра Порошенка» – 88%. Останні троє відвідали всі засідання Ради, підкреслили в Комітеті виборців України.

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Russia Bewildered by Staging of Journalists Death in Ukraine

A Kremlin spokesman said Thursday that Russia is glad journalist Arkady Babchenko is alive, but that the faking of his death was “strange.”

The prominent Russian war correspondent and Kremlin critic had been reported to be shot dead in the stairwell of his Kyiv apartment on Tuesday. But Babchenko stunned reporters when he appeared alive and well Wednesday as Ukrainian security officials explained the death had been faked as part of a sting operation to save the reporter’s life.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday he did not know if the result of the case justified the actions taken, and that the situation does not change Russia’s view that Ukraine is a dangerous place for journalists.

Reporters Without Borders condemned Babchenko’s faked death, saying it was “distressing and regrettable” for Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) to play with the truth.

“Was such a scheme really necessary? There can be no grounds for faking a journalist’s death,” said the group’s secretary-general Christophe Deloire.

SBU chief Vasyl Hrytsak stood alongside Babchenko at Wednesday’s television briefing as he recounted events leading up to the foiled assassination attempt.

Operation fake death

The operation began with a tip from an anonymous source who said an unidentified Ukrainian national had been inquiring about buying weapons for a contract assassination in Kyiv, which triggered the SBU probe. Officials said he had been asked to find and hire someone to carry out the contract killing.

During the negotiations, Hrytsak said, the man claimed Russia’s Secret Service had offered him $40,000 to organize and carry out the hit. He said the suspect was a former separatist fighter who had fought in eastern Ukraine.

SBU investigators then recruited Babchenko into the sting operation designed to catch Russian agents in the act of conducting an extrajudicial killing on foreign soil.

Investigators said the intermediary who had been tasked with hiring the gunman was in custody, and officials said they had additional hard evidence linking Russia’s secret service to the assassination plot, though they did yet want to unveil that evidence.

Babchenko apologizes

Addressing reporters, Babchenko told his family he was sorry for faking his own death.

 

“I’d like to apologize for everything you’ve had to go through,” he said. “I’ve been at the funeral of many friends and colleagues, and I know this nauseous feeling. Sorry for imposing this upon you, but there was no other way.

 

“Special apologies to my wife for the hell she’s been through these two days,” he added. “Olya, excuse me, please, but there was no other option.”

 

Police reports that followed initial reports of the shooting say it was Babchenko’s wife who discovered him lying in a pool of blood at the entry of their Kyiv apartment.

It is not clear whether his wife was involved in the sting.

“As far as I know, this operation was prepared for two months. A result of that was this special operation,” Babchenko told the briefing. “They saved my life. I want to say thanks. Larger terrorist attacks were prevented.”

Tuesday’s news of the shooting shocked the Ukrainian capital, prompting Kyiv and Moscow officials to blame each for the reporter’s death.

 

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman suggested Russia had orchestrated the killing, while Kremlin spokesman Peskov rejected that claim.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said after Babchenko’s reappearance Wednesday that Ukrainian officials had circulated a false story as “propaganda.”

Kyiv police and officials from Ukraine’s Interior Ministry had announced on Tuesday Babchenko had died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital after being shot in the back at his home in Kyiv, where he has lived in exile since August 2017.

News of the 41-year-old’s reported death had shocked colleagues and added to tension between Moscow and Kyiv, whose ties have been badly damaged by Russia’s seizure of Crimea and backing for separatist militants in a devastating war in eastern Ukraine.

This story originated in VOA’s Ukrainian Service, with some reporting by AP and RFE

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Gravity Could Be Source of Sustainable Energy

In today’s energy-hungry world, scientists are constantly revisiting every renewable resource looking for ways to increase efficiency. One researcher in the Netherlands believes even gravity can be harnessed to produce free electricity on a scale sufficient to power small appliances. VOA’s George Putic has more.

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Trump Planning Tariffs on European Steel, Aluminum

President Donald Trump’s administration is planning to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports after failing to win concessions from the European Union, a move that could provoke retaliatory tariffs and inflame trans-Atlantic trade tensions.

The tariffs are likely to go into effect on the EU with an announcement by Friday’s deadline, according to two people familiar with the discussions. The administration’s plans could change if the two sides are able to reach a last-minute agreement, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Trump announced in March the United States would slap a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum, citing national security interests. But he granted an exemption to the EU and other U.S. allies; that reprieve expires Friday.

​Europe bracing

Europe has been bracing for the U.S. to place the restrictions even as top European officials have held last-ditch talks in Paris with American trade officials to try to avert the tariffs.

“Realistically, I do not think we can hope” to avoid either U.S. tariffs or quotas on steel and aluminum, said Cecilia Malmstrom, the European Union’s trade commissioner. Even if the U.S. were to agree to waive the tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, Malmstrom said, “I expect them nonetheless to want to impose some sort of cap on EU exports.”

European officials said they expected the U.S. to announce its final decision Thursday. The people familiar with the talks said Trump could make an announcement as early as Thursday.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross attended meetings at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris on Wednesday, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer joins discussions in Paris on Thursday.

The U.S. plan has raised the threat of retaliation from Europe and fears of a global trade war — a prospect that is weighing on investor confidence and could hinder the global economic upturn.

If the U.S. moves forward with its tariffs, the EU has threatened to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. orange juice, peanut butter and other goods in return. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire pledged that the European response would be “united and firm.”

Limits on cars

Besides the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, the Trump administration is also investigating possible limits on foreign cars in the name of national security.

“Unilateral responses and threats over trade war will solve nothing of the serious imbalances in the world trade. Nothing,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in an impassioned speech at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

In a clear reference to Trump, Macron added: “These solutions might bring symbolic satisfaction in the short term. … One can think about making voters happy by saying, ‘I have a victory, I’ll change the rules, you’ll see.’”

But Macron said those “who waged bilateral trade wars … saw an increase in prices and an increase in unemployment.”

Tariffs on steel imports to the U.S. can help local producers of the metal by making foreign products more expensive. But they can also increase costs more broadly for U.S. manufacturers who cannot source all their steel locally and need to import the raw material. That hurts the companies and can lead to more expensive consumer prices, economists say.

Ross criticized the EU for its tough negotiating position.

“There can be negotiations with or without tariffs in place. There are plenty of tariffs the EU has on us. It’s not that we can’t talk just because there’s tariffs,” he said. He noted that “China has not used that as an excuse not to negotiate.”

But German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier insisted the Europeans were being “constructive” and were ready to negotiate special trade arrangements, notably for liquefied natural gas and industrial goods, including cars.

WTO reforms

Macron also proposed to start negotiations between the U.S., the EU, China and Japan to reshape the World Trade Organization to better regulate trade. Discussions could then be expanded to include other countries to agree on changes by the end of the year.

Ross expressed concern that the Geneva-based World Trade Organization and other organizations are too rigid and slow to adapt to changes in global business.

“We would operate within (multilateral) frameworks if we were convinced that people would move quickly,” he said.

Ross and Lighthizer seemed like the odd men out at this week’s gathering at the OECD, an international economic agency that includes the U.S. as a prominent member.

The agency issued a report Wednesday saying “the threat of trade restrictions has begun to adversely affect confidence” and tariffs “would negatively influence investment and jobs.”

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Ross: US-EU Trade Deal Could be Reached

 

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday a U.S.-European Union trade deal could still be reached even if the United States imposes tariffs on EU steel and aluminum imports.

EU and U.S. officials are holding last-minute negotiations two days before U.S. President Donald Trump decides to apply tariffs on Europe.

The threat of tariffs has increased prospects of retaliation and a global trade war that could hinder the global economy.

“There can be negotiations with or without tariffs in place,” Ross said at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. “There are plenty of tariffs the EU has on us. It’s not that we can’t talk just because there’s tariffs.”

The Trump administration is also exploring possible limits on foreign auto imports, citing national security. 

The EU wants exemptions on steel and aluminum tariffs, which Trump hopes will benefit the U.S., or impose tariffs on U.S. peanut butter, orange juice and other products.

In a speech at the OECD, French President Emmanuel Macron said Europe should stand its ground in the face of unilateral actions and warned against trade wars.

“Unilateral responses and threats over trade wars will solve nothing of the serious imbalances in world trade. Nothing,” he proclaimed.

In an apparent reference to Trump’s proposed tariffs, Macron said, “These solutions might bring symbolic satisfaction in the short term. …. One can think about making voters happy by saying, ‘I have a victory. I’ll change the rules. You’ll see.’” 

Macron also called on the EU, the U.S., China and Japan to draft a World Trade Organization reform plan for the G-20 summit in Argentina later this year.

“The new rules must meet the current challenges of world trade: massive state subsidies creating distortions of global markets, intellectual property, social rights and climate protection,” he said. 

But Macron’s multilateral approach has produced limited results to date, as Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal, and is threatening to disrupt trade relations between China, the EU and other economic powers.

 

 

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Порошенко призначив п’ятьох членів НКРЕКП

Президент України Петро Порошенко призначив п’ятьох членів Національної комісії, що здійснює державне регулювання у сферах енергетики та комунальних послуг, інформує Адміністрація президента України. 

Порошенко зазначив, що нарешті завершений процес формування нового незалежного регулятора. 

«Я впевнений в тому, що комісія буде працювати як по-справжньому незалежний регулятор, який зможе забезпечити ефективне функціонування ринку. Я вважаю, що конкурсна комісія відібрала дуже достойних кандидатів, які дуже відповідально будуть ставитись до своїх обов’язків», – заявив президент. 

Новими членами комісії стали Олена Антонова (співробітник ДТЕК), Олександр Формагей (працював в «Центренерго» та «Укргідроенерго»), Дмитро Коваленко (співробітник енергетичного департаменту НКРЕКП та «Укренерго»), Євген Магльованний (співробітник «Держенергоефективності») та Оксана Кривенко (співробітник департаменту нафти і газу НКРЕКП).

26 травня Порошенко звільнив з посади голови комісії Дмитра Вовка, який фактично очолював НКРЕКП з грудня 2014 року. 

Національна комісія, що здійснює державне регулювання у сферах енергетики та комунальних послуг, називає серед своїх основних завдань забезпечення ефективного функціонування та розвитку ринків у сферах енергетики та комунальних послуг; сприяння ефективному відкриттю ринків у сферах енергетики та комунальних послуг для всіх споживачів і постачальників та забезпечення недискримінаційного доступу користувачів до мереж або трубопроводів; сприяння інтеграції ринків електричної енергії, природного газу України з відповідними ринками інших держав; забезпечення захисту прав споживачів товарів, послуг у сферах енергетики та комунальних послуг щодо отримання цих товарів і послуг належної якості в достатній кількості за обґрунтованими цінами та сприяння транскордонній торгівлі електричною енергією та природним газом, забезпечення інвестиційної привабливості для розвитку інфраструктури. 

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Italy’s Political Turmoil Sends Shock Waves Across Europe

Europe’s financial markets are in a swoon, Italy is in political turmoil, a fresh eurozone debt crisis is in the offing and the continent’s euroskeptic populists are predicting gleefully the fast-approaching demise of the European Union.

So, what’s new?

For the past few years, all of the above could have been written virtually any day of the week, much of it fueled by hyperbole. But the political drama unfolding in Italy is of a different order and shaping up to be a much greater existential threat to the European Union than Britain’s Brexit vote two years ago, analysts say.

That is unless Italy can gain firmer political ground, and quickly.

“Italy is, not for the first time, in political crisis,” said Nick Ottens, chief editor of the transatlantic opinion website Atlantic Sentinel. “But this time, what happens in Rome could have a big impact on financial markets, the euro, and the longer-term future of the European Union as a whole.”

Tuesday, the global financial markets saw massive sell-offs of European equities and bank stocks, and currency traders dumped the euro, sending it plummeting to its lowest level against the dollar in nearly a year. Bond markets also swooned as global investors headed for the safety of U.S. Treasury securities, reviving memories of the debt crisis that bankrupted Greece and threatened to fracture the eurozone.

The sell-off came as Italian politicians struggled to shape an orderly way toward fresh elections after Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president, vetoed the selection of an anti-euro finance minister by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and anti-immigrant Lega. That collapsed the nascent coalition government and prompted the resignation of the prime minister nominee after just 90 hours — a stunning turnaround even by Italy’s chaotic political standards. 

Mattarella’s decision to turn to a former IMF economist, Carlo Cottarelli, to head a caretaker government remains beset by problems. The president’s plan appears to have involved delaying elections until next year.

But Cottarelli, a Europhile, isn’t expected to win a vote of confidence in the Italian parliament because of opposition from the two populist parties, who together command a parliamentary majority, forcing Mattarella to call a populist-demanded early election, possibly as soon as July.

‘On Verge of Panic’

The Italian political turmoil is sending shock waves across Europe amid alarm the country is on a political trajectory to exit the eurozone, despite polling data suggesting Italians would prefer to stick with the euro, although they remain resentful of Brussels and EU-dictated austerity policies.

“On Verge of Panic,” was how the normally sober Economist magazine headlined its coverage Wednesday of the political crisis in Rome and what it may entail for Europe.

Brinkmanship and miscalculation by both old guard politicians in Italy and upstart populists risks worsening the Italian domestic crisis and transforming it into a continent-shaking European one, analysts and investors warn.

On Tuesday, Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros said he feared the European Union could be heading toward another major financial crisis triggered by populist political parties intent on ripping the bloc apart. “The EU is in an existential crisis. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong,” he said in a speech in London.

Italy is the third-largest country in the eurozone, the fifth-largest in the European Union, and as one of its founding members, conflict with Brussels will test the bloc far more than Brexit.

‘Italian democracy’s darkest night’

EU officials fear the Italian populists will grab an even bigger share of the popular vote in rerun parliamentary elections and only four months after Italians voted in a bad-tempered national poll, marred by violence, that resulted in a hung parliament.

“The political risk is becoming very complex,” said Mauro Vittorangeli of Allianz Global. “The political situation is totally unpredictable,” he added.

Lega leader Matteo Salvini intends to frame his party’s election campaign as a referendum on Italy’s EU relationship, arguing the populists’ plan for a coalition government failed because of interference from the “powers-that-be, the markets, Berlin and Paris” who want Italy to be “a slave, scared and precarious.”

A poll released last week suggested 61 percent of Italians believe their voice isn’t being heard in Brussels. Pollsters put the Lega’s support at 22 percent, five points up from its vote share in March’s election.

Likewise, M5S leader Luigi Di Maio, whose party won 32 percent of the March vote, is also blaming entrenched elites, foreign and domestic, for crashing the proposed populist coalition government. He has called on party supporters to attend to protest Mattarella’s actions, which he says amount to “Italian democracy’s darkest night.”

One thing that may hurt the populists and reduce their electoral support, argues economist Alberto Mingardi of the Istituto Bruno Leoni research group, is if voters start fearing “an impending financial disaster.” Or if Italians decide the populists are more to blame for the crisis than Italy’s president.

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UN: More Than 1 Million Children Going Hungry in Mali

UNICEF is warning that hundreds of thousands of severely malnourished children in Mali are at risk of dying, as the security situation in the country worsens.

The United Nations reports that attacks by extremists and criminals in northern and central Mali are rising at an alarming rate, with many civilians being deliberately targeted.

UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac says more than a million children are going hungry because of severe food shortages.

“More than 850,000 children under the age of 5 are at risk of global acute malnutrition this year, including 274,000 children facing severe malnutrition and at imminent risk of death,” he said. “This represents a 34 percent increase and is largely due to the worsening food security situation in parts of the country.”

The U.N. reports 20 percent of the country is suffering from food insecurity and 1.2 million people lack water, sanitation and basic hygiene.

UNICEF says severe acute malnutrition rates are highest in the conflict affected areas in the north, exceeding the emergency level of 15 percent in Timbuktu. It cites Mali as one of the countries with the highest newborn and maternal mortality rates in the world.

Boulierac also says newborn deaths are rising because of malnutrition and lack of basic health services.

Northern Mail has been in turmoil since 2012, when Islamist militant groups temporarily seized control of the region.

​On a visit to Mali’s capital Bamako on Tuesday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres paid homage to the U.N. peacekeepers who have been killed while serving what is considered the world body’s most dangerous peacekeeping mission.Twenty-one peacekeepers were killed in attacks by extremists last year.

While in Mali, Guterres appealed for funds to support the G5 Sahel force, which is composed of troops from Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.The force was created to contain the West African jihadists active in Mali and nearby countries.

UNICEF calls the crisis in Mali one of the most forgotten in the world. It notes nearly 80 percent of the agency’s $37 million humanitarian appeal for this year remains unfunded.

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Порошенко доручив надати Бабченку та його родині цілодобову охорону

Президент України Петро Порошенко доручив надати Аркадію Бабченку та його родині цілодобову охорону. 

«Вітаю Службу безпеки України з блискучою операцією зі збереження життя російському журналістові Аркадію Бабченку. Українські правоохоронні органи з кожним днем стають сильнішими у протидії російській агресії та всім проявам гібридної війни в Україні. Навряд чи Москва заспокоїться – доручив надати Аркадієві та його родині цілодобову охорону», – написав Порошенко у Facebook. 

Увечері 29 травня поліція повідомила, що в Києві вбили російського опозиційного журналіста Аркадія Бабченка. Правоохоронці зазначили, що в нього стріляли в його квартирі, після чого він помер у кареті «швидкої». 

30 травня голова СБУ Василь Грицак повідомив, що журналіст живий і попросив його зайти до залу прес-центру Служби безпеки України.

Грицак стверджує, що спецслужбі вдалося розкрити план з підготовки вбивства журналіста. СБУ затримала громадянина України Г., якого, за словами Грицака, для організації вбивства найняли російські спецслужби.

Перед цим Міністерство закордонних справ Росії і Кремль відкидали свою причетність до вбивства Бабченка.

Журналіст залишив свою батьківщину в лютому 2017 року, мав можливість жити в Празі, але обрав роботу ведучим на кримськотатарському телеканалі ATR у Києві. Він пояснював рішення виїхати з Росії інформацією про можливість відкриття кримінального провадження щодо нього.

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Службі безпеки України вдалося розкрити план з підготовки вбивства журналіста – Грицак

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