Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said that the team of the leader of the Party of Regions at the Verkhovna Rada Viktor Yanukovych has organized a raid attack on the Nadra Ukrainy national joint-stock company, she said opening a special meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on Thursday, Ukrainian News reported.

The prime minister called this meeting extraordinary and aiming prevention from embezzlement of strategic oil deposits in Ukraine.

In particular, she said that on August 19, reinstated head of Nadra Ukrainy Eduard Stavytskyi together with seven guards burst into the building of the company and started to seek for stamps, while current head of the company Oleksandr Ponomarenko is on vacation.

She said that Stavytskyi was appointed as the head of this company while Viktor Yanukovych was on the post of the Ukrainian prime minister.

She said that new leadership of the company found out that Stavytskyi had helped to embezzle 19 licenses for large oil and gas deposits.

The prime minister said that the seizure of the company was organized after the state had eventually managed to return most of these deposits via court proceedings.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Stavytskyi occupied the post of the head of the company board during the period from January 31, 2007 through January 30, 2008.

Nadra Ukrainy was created by a decree of then President Leonid Kuchma dated June 14, 2000.

The national company was created to raise the efficiency of control over the geology and exploration sectors.

The 100-percent stake in the company belongs to the state.

The national company is run by the Environmental Protection Ministry and engaged in exploration of the mineral resources, implementation of investment projects the geological sector in Ukraine.

The national company includes 14 geology-exploration and specialized enterprises.


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