The exchange of blows
Tymoshenko repents for independence, Yushchenko urged the Prime Minister to answer, and Lytvyn predicts Ukraine's loss of statehoodAnton VasetskyUkrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko exchanged harsh words, accusing each other in the deterioration of the economic situation in the country. Not for the first time, of course, but such a harsh intonations do not remember anybody. So, Tymoshenko stated the need for the President's resignation, repented for the "orange revolution" and admitted that she was embarrassed to say the name of Yushchenko. Himself Yushchenko called on Tymoshenko to answer for everything and explained where dwelt the crisis."Tymoshenko will be responsible for everything". This statement was made by the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko, sending it to the head of the Ukrainian government. According to him, precisely because of the policy of Tymoshenko over the past year, Ukraine was in a state of deep crisis."Who will be responsible for the inflation of 22%? External crisis? The crisis we are sitting on the street Grushevskogo, on the seventh floor, in the office of the Prime Minister" "I am sure the Prime Minister today cannot adequately assess the economic and social processes. I am convinced that together with healthy forces of the Parliament need to build new foundations, principles, and make individual action plan", - Yushchenko said.According to the head of Ukraine, his actions, his former ally in fact betrayed the Ukrainian people. He spoke in an interview with TV channel "inter"."Today the problem is not in my relationship with this lady. She announced opposition to the nation and state, " the President said. But today it simply is a moment of responsibility. Who will be responsible for the inflation of 22%? External crisis? The crisis we are sitting on the street Grushevskogo, on the seventh floor, in the office of the Prime Minister".These words were a response to the statement "the orange Princess", made the day before. Speaking in a live TV channel "Ukraine", the Prime Minister said that goes into opposition to the President. Moreover, it is actually demanded his resignation."I believe that the President of the country, which works to "worse is better" and makes trouble, should resign tomorrow, along with the head of the National Bank", - said Tymoshenko.His claim it was based on the fact that the President of the country, the leadership of the National Bank and several commercial banks have specially reduced the exchange rate of the hryvnia.However, says Tymoshenko, the political aim of the collapse of the hryvnia could be the introduction of presidential rule through declaring a state of emergency in the country."While I live, breathe and somewhere in power … I will not allow such a development," snapped "furious Julia". "I am very sorry that the man I was on all the "orange" areas, agitated and tried to convince people how honest and moral policy, and today he has dropped to such a level that even ashamed to call his name".It is worth noting that Ukraine has become one of the countries affected by the global financial crisis the most serious. In recent months its national currency fell by almost two times. If at the beginning of autumn for one dollar was given to 5.05 hryvnia on the Interbank market on 18 December, more than nine hryvnia.Experts attribute this to the fall in external demand for Ukrainian steel products, export of which is one of the main sources of foreign exchange and tax revenues. In this regard, the volume of Ukrainian industrial production in November fell by 30% compared with the corresponding period last year.In addition, Ukraine has entered into difficult negotiations on gas supplies from Russia's Gazprom, which threatens from 1 January 2009 to turn off fuel supplies if Kiev does not repay debts.While Tymoshenko's government still has not provided expected to Rada the draft state budget for 2009, which would take into account the realities of the economic crisis. The only solution to the government at a meeting on December 17 was the approval of the macroeconomic indicators of the budget with a decrease in GDP growth from previously planned 6% to 0.4%.According to the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Lytvyn, if in the near future, the Ukrainian government will not come to a common denominator on the key issues the country faces a schism and the loss of statehood."We are experiencing not only an economic and political crisis we are living through a crisis of national identity. We ripped in state-building. Our guides built the state on other people's samples, not rethinking the experience of others, not trying to develop other people's ideas. The weakness of the state has only exacerbated the effects of the global ills that we have only begun to feel," said Lytvyn in an interview with the Ukrainian weekly "Zerkalo Nedeli", published on 20 December.