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23 February 2021

Vadym Novynskyi's Statement on the Latest NSDC Decisions

The latest decisions of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine to ban broadcasting of TV channels and impose sanctions against some citizens of Ukraine and the Russian Federation, as well as against a list of legal entities accused of financing terrorism, raise major concerns. The NSDC is an important collective body in the structure of the presidential power, and it is entitled to consider such questions and impose sanctions, within the framework stipulated by the Constitution and legislation. And sanctions indeed are a powerful and effective tool for protecting the national security of Ukraine. However, it is unacceptable that the NSDC is used as an instrument of pressure on journalists, public figures and leaders of political parties.

If the Ukrainian authorities have enough evidence of the illegal actions of Viktor Medvedchuk, members of his family and his team, this evidence should become public and a subject of judicial scrutiny. The NSDC is not the Supreme Court, not the highest judicial body. Any data of intelligence agencies, any analytical information is only an element of the evidence base, but cannot be a substitute for a judicial verdict. In a democratic society, the constitutionally stipulated presumption of innocence, and the rights and freedoms of citizens must function.
05 February 2021

‘I consider the current situation in the media environment and around the television channels as extremely unhealthy and alarming,' Vadym Novynskyi commented on the TV channels’ blocking

A truly unhealthy situation with freedom of speech and the activities of the mass media has developed in Ukraine. The closure of three television channels, as well as the Nazi radicals' attempts to attack NASH TV channel, are an alarming signal to society that the practice of silencing of dissent, which was so actively harnessed during the Petro Poroshenko time, is coming back to the country. Journalists who have opinions different from the official ones are labelled as “separatists”, “vatniks” (sort of Pro-Russian jingoists) and “agents of Moscow”. The channels are accused of "working for enemy propaganda" without a court order and thorough examination. A new wave of “witch hunt” commences.

In this situation, the first thing attention should be drawn to is the basic principle of democracy – the principle of freedom of speech guaranteed by the Constitution of Ukraine. Whatever the pretext is, no matter how noble the goals are, it is obvious that the principle of freedom of speech is grossly violated.
19 December 2020

Happy Saint Nicholas Day

Святитель Николай - один из любимейших святых нашей Церкви. Он воплотил в жизнь главные заповеди Божии: возлюби Бога и возлюби ближнего своего как самого себя.

Любить - значит приносить себя в жертву другому человеку. Это Божий путь. И святитель показал нам этот путь своими чудесными подвигами и самоотверженным служением людям.

Святой без слов угадывал, в чем нуждается человек и старался помочь. Только любовью наполненное сердце способно на такое. Праздник - это всегда возможность сделать что-то доброе и приятное: порадовать близких, помочь далеким. Не будем пренебрегать этим.

Пусть тепло наших сердец согреет тех, кто нуждается в помощи, заботе, словах поддержки, пусть мир всегда пребывает в наших душах и домах, пусть родные и дорогие нам люди будут всегда рядом, пусть вера в добро никогда не покидает нас.

Мира, любви и радости!

С праздником!

11 December 2020

Office of the Prosecutor General Denied Opening of a Crime Case Against Vadym Novynskyi

Yesterday, some media outlets released information about “the opening of a case against people's deputy (MP) Novynskyi", referring to RBC-Ukraine as the information source.

Today, the Office of the Prosecutor General gave its official clarification according to which Vadym Novynskyi is not “a person who committed a criminal offense or is suspected of committing it” in the criminal proceedings mentioned in the RBC publication. The requested response from the director of the Kyiv-based Territorial Administration of the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) contains similar information.

According to the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations, Vadym Novynskyi has not been served with any notice of charges under the said proceedings.

In this regard, the information distributed by RBC-Ukraine about the “opening of a case AGAINST MP Novynskyi" is false and damages the reputation of the MP. Vadym Novynskyi's press service demands that RBC-Ukraine publishes a refutation of the incorrect information and brings its official apology, as well as asks other media outlets to exclude this incorrect information from their publications.
24 November 2020

Vadym Novynskyi Urged Ministry of Finance and NBU to Negotiate on Rescheduling Public Debt Repayments Amid Pandemic

The Ministry of Finance and the National Bank of Ukraine should take a more active position and initiate a deferral of payments and, possibly, a restructuring of the state debt. On 21-22 November, Riyadh hosted a very important G20 Summit under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia. One of its outcomes was the final Declaration, in which the G20 States set down their intention to extend the deferral of debt repayments for the world's poorest countries to a total of USD 5.7 billion until mid-2021.

Ukraine could also initiate negotiations with international creditors to have our external obligations reviewed. To ask for help, we should not wait for the catastrophic deterioration in the economic situation to the level of countries that were granted debt rescheduling by G20. The war, deindustrialization, a sharp drop in foreign investment, and now the coronavirus pandemic put the chances of our economic recovery at threat.


06 November 2020

Congratulations on the Day of Liberation of Kyiv from German Nazi Invaders!

Dear veterans of the Great Patriotic War!

Dear compatriots!

Today we celebrate the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Kyiv from the Nazis.

On 6 November 1943, the troops of the First Ukrainian Front under the command of Army General Nikolai Vatutin liberated the capital of Ukraine from the Nazi invaders having run a successful Kyiv offensive operation. This was a hard-won liberation. Thousands of soldiers died a hero’s death and remained forever in the Kyiv land. 65 units and formations of the Soviet Army received the honorary title of Kyiv.

We are proud of their feat and remember our heroes who defended Kyiv. Our heroic people withstood, showed their valour, courage and will to victory. The heroism of the victors is our common shrine and pride. This is the greatness of our people. And we will carefully preserve and protect our heroic legacy from attempts to rewrite history and turn the Great Victory into sorrow and reconciliation with the enemy. Let the losers grieve, let those who are unable to learn from the tragic pages of history reconcile with Nazism. For us, the memory of the war and the Great Victory is sacred.