Ukrainians learn to love their bombs: Despite the Chernobyl legacy, Kiev now embraces nuclear warheads to guarantee its future, writes Andrew Higgins

THE Environment Minister, Yuri Kostenko, following the advice of an English-language ecology poster on his office wall - 'Think Globally, Act Locally' - explains what he sees as Ukraine's smartest local act of global thinking: keeping nuclear bombs. 'If there were no nuclear weapons on our territory the Russians would have done what they did in Georgia and Azerbaijan,' says Mr Kostenko. 'They cannot push us around like that.'

Kiev adopts arms treaty

Ukraine's parliament ratified the Start-1 disarmament treaty yesterday but placed stiff conditions on giving up Soviet nuclear weapons on its territory, Reuter reports from Kiev.

Kiev waits for day after The End

IF, by the end of today the world has not ended, thanks should go to the vigilant cranks and distraught parents who have spent the past week shivering under a row of leafless maple trees outside St Sophia's Cathedral in the centre of old Kiev - among them a sun worshipper in a pink coat, an ESP buff, and a tubby Ukrainian babushka with rotting teeth, a battered Bible and sharp lawyer's eye for textual minutiae.

Out of Ukraine: Waiting for God, and she could be some time: Thirty-three years old, the same age as Jesus was when he was crucified, she promised the end of the world. And thousands of people believed her

KIEV - Colonel Nikolai Kostetski, the pudgy, balding Ukrainian police officer who helped put the new Messiah behind bars, has some friendly advice for his captured quarry: rescheduling the Apocalypse was a big mistake.

Bowing out

Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister, Viktor Pynzenyk, the man responsible for piloting the former Soviet republic's economic reforms, announced his resignation yesterday, Reuter reports from Kiev. Mr Pynzenyk said he was stepping down because economic decisions were being taken without his consent.

Bumper crop

Ukraine is heading for a record grain harvest and could be in a position to export its wheat, Reuter reports from Kiev. The Agriculture Minister, Yuri Karasyk, said the harvest could surpass 50m tonnes - a figure achieved only once before, in 1973.

MUSIC / THE PROMS: The naked truth: Edward Seckerson on a weekend of musical revelations from young and old at the Royal Albert Hall: Correction

The following paragraph was inadvertently omitted from Edward Seckerson's review of the National Youth Orchestra's Sunday night Prom in yesterday's paper:

Ukraine truce

President Leonid Kravchuk of Ukraine and the Prime Minister, Leonid Kuchma, have declared a truce in their month-long constitutional struggle over how the country should be governed, Reuter reports from Kiev.

Kiev compromise

President Leonid Kravchuk of Ukraine yesterday suspended an economic emergency decree which had prompted a resignation threat from the Prime Minister, Leonid Kuchma, AFP reports from Kiev. The decree, which transferred power over economic matters from the legislature to the president, was suspended at an emergency cabinet meeting after Mr Kravchuk said he was prepared to modify aspects of the ruling.

Out of Russia: Sweet wrappers litter black earth

KIEV - The Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov lived at 13, St Andrew's Hill. It is a delightful cobbled street that winds up to the ruins of Kiev's first cathedral, the Church of the One-Tenth. (It collapsed some 750 years ago when too many people clambered on the roof to escape the Mongols.)

Kravchuk decree

President Leonid Kravchuk announced the creation of a special committee to cure the ailing Ukrainian economy, signalling an end to disputes with his prime minister, Reuter reports from Kiev. Mr Kravchuk issued a decree formally putting himself at the head of the government, but giving Leonid Kuchma, the Prime Minister, a free hand to deal with a strike by coal miners and direct economic reforms.

Disarming rethink

The Ukrainian parliament ended two days of debate on the ratification of two key disarmament treaties yesterday, postponing further discussion until later in the month, Reuter reports from Kiev.

Ukraine and Russia lock horns over nuclear arms: Kiev wants safety guarantees from the West, writes Tony Barber, East Europe Editor

LESS than two years after declaring independence, Ukraine is locked in an angry dispute with Russia over nuclear weapons. Western governments are watching with concern, for the argument threatens to torpedo two far- reaching disarmament treaties between Washington and Moscow.

Letter: Two claims to the history of Kiev Rus'

Sir: Unfortunately, Professor Marcus Wheeler's letter (10 April) confuses the reader. The correct name for the medieval state in dispute between Russians and Ukrainians is Kiev Rus'. The term 'Russia' was coined by Peter the Great in the 18th century to describe his new empire and to lay claim by Moscow over the medieval heritage and dynasty of Kiev Rus'.
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