Ukrainian media digest 23 December 2014

The government of Vienna Republic sent a special letter to DPR and LPR authorities with the proposition of cooperation, an authorized communication representative of Vienna Republic Galina Kozhushko said. “The government Vienna Republic with an immense interest is studying the lesson of democracy, which the Novorossiya people have shown. The Vienna Republic considers important to establish connection with young republics in education, science and economic fields.”

The head of terroristic organization LPR Igor Plotnitsky is ready to take part in the meeting of the contact group in Minsk if a detailed document are to be considered before the meeting. “If the document is to be considered, then, I and DPR’s leader Alexander Zakharchenko, maybe, will fly to Minsk. If there are no documents ready, our representatives will represent us,” he said.

The President has approved the composition of the National Council of Reforms by his Decree. The Decree “Issue of the National Council of Reforms” of December 22 stipulates that the composition of the National Council of Reforms includes members who participate in the discussion of all issues and members who are invited to consider only several issues. 18 members of the Council will participate in the discussion of all issues. Among them are the President, the Chairman of Verkhovna Rada (upon consent), the Prime Minister, the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, the Ministers of Economic Development and Trade, Finance, Justice, heads of a series of committees of Verkhovna Rada, Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Borys Lozhkin, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Oleksiy Filatov and Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, Secretary of the National Council of Reforms Dmytro Shymkiv.

Chairperson of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house) Valentina Matviyenko said on Tuesday she is hopeful that a draft law to recognize the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine in 1954 as illegal will be discussed at the spring session. “We considered necessary to prepare a draft law that would recognize this decision as illegal, null and void,” she said, adding that the procedure for transferring Crimea and Sevastopol to Ukraine in 1954 ran counter to the USSR Constitution. “The borders of the Russian Federation can be changed only with the consent of the RSFSR. Only the USSR Supreme Council can give such consent after holding referendums in Russia and in Ukraine. But this wasn’t done. So, the Constitution was grossly violated,” Matviyenko said.


The head of annexed Crimea Sergey Aksenov will hold a briefing today summing up the results of 2014 year.

Trade unions protests near the Verkhovna Rada building have come to an end, though the representatives of the tax Maidan are still protesting near the parliament’s building. Today trade unions’ representatives were demanding from authorities to give up on the idea to cut down the expenditure on the social, health care, and education spheres.