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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.


03 November 2020

Ten Years Since the Death of Viktor Chernomyrdin

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Viktor Chernomyrdin, a very good friend of Ukraine and a great patriot of Russia, a man who did a lot to ensure that our peoples and countries live in peace and harmony.

I very often recall Viktor Stepanovich, his wisdom and human charm. I was fortunate to be in close touch with this politician and diplomat. Unfortunately, in 2014 and in subsequent years, there was no public figure equal to Viktor Chernomyrdin in the sphere of Ukrainian-Russian relations. He knew how to find a way out of the most difficult situations, how to convince, and foresee. And, I am sure, if he were alive, the history of relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation could develop according to a different scenario.

Today a vessel named after Viktor Stepanovich Chernomyrdin was launched in Saint Petersburg. A worthy perpetuation of his memory! I would very much like Ukraine to begin to honour its real heroes – those who created the glory of the country, contributed to its development, won the Victory, and not collaborators and perpetrators whose main "valour" was willingness to betray and the ability to hate.

02 November 2020

Vadym Novynskyi's Commentary on Statement by Oleksiy Reznikov

A statement by Oleksiy Reznikov, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, the Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, a representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, who called the Donbass a "cancerous tumour" on the body of Ukraine, and its inhabitants – "mentally sick", gives evidence of reinforcement of the "war party" that is trying to continue the line of escalation of the conflict in the East of Ukraine.

“These are sick territories, mentally sick as well. There is an option of complete resection, amputation, or treatment. I am for therapy and full restoration of our body,” said Reznikov, making it clear that he is far from seeking compromises in this matter.

It is noteworthy that such statements are made at a time when the self-proclaimed republics submit their roadmap for resolving the conflict to the Ukrainian side for consideration, and this project has many positive and acceptable points. At the very least, this document could be seen as significant progress in the negotiations. The Ukrainian side had to say its word. If statement by Reznikov is Ukraine's response, then it is the Ukrainian side that now demonstrates its inability to negotiate, in the eyes of the world community.
31 October 2020

Vadym Novynskyi Called on All Branches of Power to Return to Constitutional Framework

The current situation related to the Constitutional Court’s decision to abolish e-declarations system, and the presidential bill on the termination of powers of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine highlighted two major problems that deal a heavy blow to the foundations of statehood: firstly, the interference of the Office of the President in the activities of the judicial branch, and, secondly, the interference of foreign states in the internal affairs of Ukraine.

The foundation for the current conflict was laid by Petro Poroshenko’s regime, by his so-called reform of justice and judicial system. The parliament lost its power to dismiss judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine for violation of their oath precisely as a result of changes to the Constitution in 2016. In the course of the so-called “lustration,” many professional lawyers were dismissed, hundreds of courts were dissolved, and “manually managed” puppet judges loyal to the authorities were appointed. Ten out of fifteen judges of the current Constitutional Court of Ukraine were also appointed by Petro Poroshenko’s regime. The politicization of the constitutional justice system is the main reason why the incumbent Constitutional Court, for example, has been unsuccessful in considering the constitutional petition on termination of lustration for more than six years, and the language law petition for more than a year.
28 October 2020

Congratulations on the Day of Liberation of Ukraine from Nazism!

Dear compatriots!

76 years ago, on 28 October 1944, after the successful Eastern Carpathian strategic offensive, the Soviet Army came up to the western border of the Ukrainian SSR. Ukraine was liberated from the Nazis.

We will always remember our soldiers-liberators who defeated the German Nazi invaders. We will remember those who fought on the front line, and those who expedited the Victory in the rear, soldiers, mothers, and children. This memory is a true identity and genetic code of our people – the great victorious people who expelled Nazism from our land and revived the country after the war.
20 September 2020

Oleksiy Danilov's Statements Incite Sectarian Strife in Society

A statement by Oleksiy Danilov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC), made us doubt about the time we live in and the irreversibility of the changes that came after the presidential elections in 2019. It seems that Mr. Danilov is trying to return to the propaganda methods that Oleksandr Turchynov and Petro Poroshenko were going by at their time. However, unlike Turchynov, Danilov does not openly attack the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but speaks of some "religious organizations" that initiate conferences, forums and religious processions, being "an instrument of the hybrid war and the Russian world". With his statement Danilov slyly hints and provokes. He cannot but understand that such statements incite sectarian strife in the society, which seemingly subsided with President Zelenskyy coming to office.

According to the Constitution, the NSDC Secretary is a person reporting directly to the President. It would be interesting to know whether Mr. Danilov coordinated his statement with Volodymyr Zelenskyy? Or does every secretary in our country think of himself as the General Secretary?

15 September 2020

Call for New Presidential Elections in the Republic of Belarus is a Politicized and Thoughtless Step from the Verkhovna Rada

A call for new presidential elections in the Republic of Belarus is a politicized and thoughtless step from the Verkhovna Rada, which could jeopardise Ukraine's relations with this neighbouring state and, in particular, could jeopardise the work of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, destroying the platform for dialogue. This is why I voted against the corresponding draft Resolution in the Parliament today.

Only interests of Ukraine, and not those of third parties, should be the priority of our foreign policy. And interests of Ukraine consist in preserving and developing good neighbourly relations with the Republic of Belarus.

Belarus and its President Alexander Lukashenko have always been very correct and friendly towards Ukraine, not recognizing the annexation of Crimea and providing a platform for negotiations on a peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbas.
01 September 2020

Congratulations on the Day of Knowledge!

Dear schoolchildren, teachers and parents! And especially first graders!

Today, all of us together with you are opening a new page in life – some of you go to school for the first time, someone takes their child there for the first time, and some of you first ever sit down at a university bench. 

Today, our special thanks go to teachers who are meeting their pupils and students. After parents and family, they are the ones who help us take our first steps into adulthood.

And only having grown up and matured, we realize that years of studies give us much more than just a diploma or certificate. And today many of us, adults, sincerely wish to hear the school bell again and experience this joyful expectation of something new and interesting coming.

During school years, we get the main skill – the ability to learn and cognize. It makes us competitive and successful in modern life. And the common success of our country consists of your future successes.
28 August 2020

Day of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the day of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

The day when She, making intercession on earth, goes to Eternal glory to Her Son and Lord to become our Heavenly Intercessor! The Intercessor and Advocate for the entire humankind, which in any troubles and circumstances, in the most difficult situations, in diseases and sorrows, puts all hope on the Mother of God!

The simplicity and hope with which people who turn to Her, yearning for help and consolation, cannot be but heard!!! The Mother of God has abundantly granted and is granting her grace and blessing. She generously pours out mercy onto the souls of all those who strive to her with unfeigned faith!!!

In the life of each of us, there are situations when we need support and consolation, and not always there is a person nearby who would listen, help or at least sympathize. However, we should never forget about our Heavenly Mother who is glad to comfort, intercede and protect us at any difficult moment. She, like a real Loving Mother, Covers us with Her protective mantle, and we, as loving children, must not forget to thank Her for her great mercies and blessings!!!
27 August 2020

Draft Law on Additional Guarantees for Teachers in Context of Coronavirus Pandemic

Today, together with a group of colleagues, Members of Parliament, we submitted for consideration to the Verkhovna Rada a draft Law on additional guarantees for teachers (reference number 3033a), which provides for the support of teachers in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers are one of the most vulnerable categories of citizens. In fulfilling their professional duty, they are constantly in contact with children and parents, putting themselves at increased risk.

We often and rightly speak about healthcare workers who are exposed to high risk of infection. Yet, this also applies to teachers to the same extent. We proposed to extend to teachers the provision according to which a diseased teacher must receive compensation from the state in the amount of 100 minimum salaries (UAH 472,300). If the disease has led to disability, the compensation should be increased to 300 minimum salaries (UAH 1,416,900). In the event of a teacher’s death due to coronavirus infection, his/her family must receive compensation from the state in the amount of 750 minimum salaries (UAH 3,542,250).

24 August 2020

Happy Independence Day of Ukraine!

Dear Friends, 

On this Day of Independence of Ukraine, I would like to wish that our State would gain its true independence – in the understanding that the founding fathers of our country laid down 29 years ago. Without regard to instructions, directives and wishes of foreign mentors and counsellors. Without working in the interests of alien forces, which over the past six years has been presented almost as a standard of “patriotism”.

I wish every citizen of Ukraine would remember that independence is the greatest responsibility – to history and to future generations. I wish every Ukrainian citizen wisdom, peace, prosperity, good health, love and unity. I also wish that they would remember that real friends of Ukraine in the world are not those who come to take advantage of us, covering themselves with good intentions. True friendship is tested by time and deeds. I wish Ukraine had more real, strong and reliable friends!
13 August 2020

Open Letter to the President of Ukraine

Today, I addressed the President of Ukraine with the following statement:

“On 9 August, the Republic of Belarus held its presidential elections. According to preliminary information, the overwhelming majority of Belarusian citizens voted for the current president, Alexander Lukashenko.

At the same time, we witness how certain forces in the Belarusian society are trying to influence the results of the expression of will by means of force.

Ukraine experienced similar processes twice. The events observed in Belarus have a lot in common with the events in Ukraine in 2004 and 2014. First of all, we can speak about interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states by external players, artificial support of protest actions from outside in order to destabilize the situation in the country, up to the change of the existing leadership through violent coup. The incitement to physical confrontation with law enforcement agencies and to protest actions is a sneaky and brutal technology to create a snowball effect of protests that would destroy the Belarusian society. All this is presented as "the will of the people" and "the revolution", although the technologies of such "colour revolutions" have long been known.
10 August 2020

Central Election Commission Left Significant Part of Donbas Residents Without the Right to Vote

On 8 August 2020, the Central Election Commission by its decision left a significant part of the Donbas population without the right to vote. On 25 October 2020, no local elections will be held in Svitlodarska, Toretska, Volnovakhska, Olhynska, Vugledarska, Myrnenska, Sartanska, Avdiivska, Mariinska and Ocheretynska amalgamated local communities. In Luhansk region, residents of Hirska, Lysychanska, Nyzhnioteplivska, Popasnyanska, Severodonetska, Stanychno-Luhanska, Shchastynska and Shyrokivska communities will not be able to vote. This is more than half a million people whose constitutional rights are once again neglected by the central government.

However, most of these populated areas held both presidential and parliamentary elections in 2014, local elections in 2015, and residents of these regions showed an all-time high level of support for the president and his party during the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2019. And today the authorities give reasons for the cancellation of local elections such as sharply deteriorated security situation in areas close to the delimitation line, which looks extremely unpersuasive.
28 July 2020

Congratulations on the Day of Baptism of Kyivan Rus!

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Today we are praying in commemoration of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Duke Volodymyr, and we mark another anniversary of the most important milestone in our history – the Baptism of Rus. This is a great landmark event that determined the course of our history and the future of our land for centuries. It also enabled Saint Volodymyr, who enlightened our ancestors with the light of Christ's truth, to become equal to the apostles and be famous for centuries.

Back then, having joined the large family of Christian nations, we became part of the great Christian civilization with its remarkable achievements of thought, high spirituality and the richest creative heritage. The Day of Baptism was even more important for us in a spiritual and moral sense. After all, the Baptism is not just a choice, it is not just a rite. This is the Sacrament of a new birth. Birth not in the flesh, but in spirit. In it, the covenant between God and man is restored. This is why today we are celebrating the Day of spiritual birth of our people.

09 July 2020

The Constitutional Court Must Protect the Fundamental Law

Historically, Ukraine is a multinational, multi-confessional and multilingual State. More than one hundred and thirty nationalities live on its territory, speaking more than eighty languages. Multiculturalism and multilingualism are inalienable features of the people of Ukraine, and these features constitute their identity. Therefore, the state language policy is meant to be a reflection of this reality. As the experience of Canada, Switzerland, Finland and Belgium shows, cultural pluralism and multilingualism are the foundations of identity and power in a democratic, multinational and multilingual rule-of-law state. The idea of unity in diversity enabled Switzerland, a country not big in size, to survive and grow stronger.
07 May 2020

“The Last Battle” Documentary to the 75th Anniversary of the Great Victory

“The Last Battle” documentary has premiered on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory. The movie is an attempt to look at the Great Patriotic War through the eyes of veterans themselves. The author of the idea and the director of the film is Aleksey Batkovskiy.

These days we hear a lot about what politicians and historians think about the war. Politicians and historians who are ready to forget and score out, distort and rewrite the past. We see how the seeds of scepticism are sown in the minds of descendants – ordinary men ready to follow some fashion trends and chase after sensations. While asking the surviving veterans about the greatest tragedy of the twentieth century, trying to recreate the picture of the Feat from the mosaic of memories – was not just unwelcome, but rather deliberately avoided in recent years.

10 April 2020

Novynskyi's Foundation to Provide Ukrainian Hospitals with Insulating Boxes for Transporting Patients

10 special-purpose insulating boxes for transporting COVID-19 patients, earlier purchased by Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation in Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God, have been delivered to Ukraine.

The protective/insulating boxes allow the initial transportation to hospitals of persons suspected of being COVID-19 positive. At the same time they ensure a sufficient level of protection for doctors handling such patients.

Each chamber has four built-in flat portals providing easy access to the patient, and two auxiliary portals used for infusion lines and other medical equipment.

Protective boxes of this type can also be used as protection from a "contaminated" environment for transporting patients with weakened immunity. In the coming days, the insulating boxes will be distributed for the needs of Ukrainian hospitals.

10 April 2020

High-precision Diagnostic Systems for Detecting COVID-19 Delivered to Ukraine

High-precision and highly efficient diagnostic systems for detecting COVID-19 disease, purchased in China by Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation in Honor of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God, arrived in Ukraine.

Three iPonatic systems have been customs cleared and sent to healthcare facilities of Kherson, Mariupol, and Kryvyi Rih cities.

The systems use the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technology. In addition to the diagnosis of COVID-19 coronavirus, they allow the detection of respiratory pathogens of influenza A and B virus, respiratory syncytial virus, adenovirus, human rhinovirus, and mycoplasma pneumonia.

09 April 2020

Mobile Team of Ukrainian Healthcare Professionals Commissioned to Italy

Last Saturday, a mobile team of Ukrainian healthcare professionals set off for Italy to render assistance to their Italian colleagues in the fight against coronavirus. This is an act of humanitarian assistance to the country that is one of the epicenters of the epidemic in Europe today, and the country where Ukrainian expatriate community (diaspora) of thousands of people lives.

In addition to directly rendering the assistance, their mission is to gain valuable experience for Ukraine, which has not yet entered the epidemiological peak. Ukrainian doctors will learn advanced protocols and methods of treating the disease. Best practices will then be implemented at home.  

The delegation includes 10 healthcare professionals from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. These are infectious disease specialists, resuscitators, surgeons, anesthetists, endocrinologists, neuropathologists and medical nurses.
07 April 2020

Congratulations on the Occasion of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Friends, Congratulations on the Occasion of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary!

The prophecy about the birth of the world's Saviour came true, unnoticeable for the whole world. The good news – the main news for all the humankind – came quietly, peacefully and joyfully, like everything genuine and great, without loud statements and pompous words. The world changed in a flash, because full faith of the human, the Virgin Mary, to God was revealed.

Today, unconditional faith in Christ of each of us can be a decisive force that will help overcome all troubles and diseases in this world. Trust in God, His Providence and holy will is the main condition of our faith.

02 April 2020

Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Novynskyi's Foundation Provided a Hundred Thousand PCR Tests and Protection Gear to All Regions of Ukraine

Today, on behalf of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), clergymen in all regions of Ukraine provided medical staff with the tests (DialPlexQ™ 2019-nCoV), which Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation purchased in South Korea.

In addition to the tests, UOC bishops handed over to hospitals additional personal protective equipment meant for medical staff in Mykolaiv, Kherson, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kharkiv regions. Earlier, hospitals in these regions also received thousands of high-class biological protection suits and respirators from Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation.

Kherson region was one of the first regions to receive the testing systems. To date, 40 systems for 4,000 tests, 1,060 protective goggles and 550 reinforced medical masks have been delivered here.


31 March 2020

Medical Staff in Six Regions Received Up-to-date Protective Gear from Novynskyi's Foundation

Hospitals in Donetsk, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kharkiv regions received up-to-date high-class biological protection suits and respirators (N99 and N95) from Vadym Novynskyi's International Charitable Foundation in Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God. Very soon, 100,000 tests (DialPlexQ™ 2019-nCoV), which Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation purchased in South Korea, will be delivered to medical laboratories.

‘Only by joining together we can defeat our common mischief, can provide help to healthcare professionals and protect people,’ said Vadym Novynskyi, the founder of the Foundation.

He also emphasized that the immediate plans of Smart-Holding and the Foundation include an additional purchase of biological protection suits, medical masks, respirators, disinfectants and other sought-after medical equipment.

31 March 2020

Lung Ventilator and a Hundred of Reusable Protective Suits for Medical Staff Provided to Oleksandrivska Clinical Hospital

The Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy and the founder of the Foundation, Vadym Novynskyi, provided the doctors of Oleksandrivska Clinical Hospital with the latest-generation lung ventilator designed to simultaneously operate for two patients, as well as a hundred of reusable protective suits and a hundred of protective goggles.

The medical equipment was handed over to representatives of the clinic by the Primate of the UOC, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy at his residence in Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. The Head of the Church blessed the medical staff of the clinical hospital, as well as all representatives of the medical professions in Ukraine: ‘God's blessing to all healthcare professionals, all those who work hard today, who show love for their neighbours every day. This is especially valuable when these neighbours are in trouble. May God bless and protect you!’

 

30 March 2020

Vadym Novynskyi's Charitable Foundation Bought 100,000 Coronavirus PCR Tests for Ukrainian Hospitals

Vadym Novynskyi's Charitable Foundation has purchased in South Korea and delivered to Ukraine 100,000 DialPlexQ™ ️PCR testing systems for the diagnosis of coronavirus in laboratory conditions.

In the coming days, the testing systems will be handed over to Ukrvaktsyna state enterprise and will be distributed countrywide to specialized infectious diseases laboratories that have the necessary conditions for storage and handling of such reagents.

This was reported by Yevgeniy Zagorulko, a representative of Vadym Novynskyi's Charitable Foundation in Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God. He also explained that the purchased set of the testing systems contains all the necessary components for the most accurate method of detecting coronavirus - PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). That is why there is no need for additional reagents. The testing time takes from 105 to 120 minutes. It may vary depending on the laboratory, its equipment and personnel.