Ukraine Sees Space as Ticket to Developed Nation Status, Eyes Closer Ties With Russia

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (Credit: SSAU)

“I see our space achievements as a driving force of the country’s development. Participation in space programs indicates technological capabilities, economic prospects and the level of national security of a state,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed.

“This is our ticket to a prestigious club of developed countries,” he said.

Ukraine and Russia have good potential for the development of joint projects in rocket-space industry, President Yanukovych has said today in Yenakiyeve, adding that the issue of joint development of our countries’ rocket-space systems had been discussed during his meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

President: I will do everything for the development of rocket-space industry in Ukraine
State Space Agency of Ukraine Press Office

On April 16, 2011 in Yenakiyeve, President Viktor Yanukovych has taken part in a gathering dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Georgy Beregovoy’s birth.

“Thanks to Georgy Beregovoy, many years ago, I had realized the importance of rocket-space industry development. And now, as President, I will do everything for Ukraine to develop this potential, its scientific and technological complex, which has great prospects in rocket-space industry,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

The President said that our space achievements are based on scientific and industrial schools of different generations of Ukrainians and that our fellow countrymen are among the founders of space flight theory.

In this context, President Yanukovych reminded that in October last year he had visited The A.M. Makarov Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant receiving evidence once again that Ukraine has strong rocket-space capabilities.

“I see our space achievements as a driving force of the country’s development. Participation in space programs indicates technological capabilities, economic prospects and the level of national security of a state,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed.

“This is our ticket to a prestigious club of developed countries,” he said.

“Undoubtedly, rocket-space industry is one of the most important for Ukraine. It is the prestige of our state, the possibility to develop new technologies and receive high dividends,” the President said.

President Yanukovych laid flowers at the monument to Georgy Beregovy in the park, named after the famous pilot-cosmonaut.

The President of Ukraine also took part in laying the alley of Georgy Beregovy and planted an ash berry sapling in the park.

The celebration of the 90th birthday anniversary of Georgy Beregovy was also attended by pilots-cosmonauts: twice Hero of the Soviet Union Oleksiy Leonov, Hero of the Soviet Union Oleksandr Volkov, Hero of the Russian Federation Sergey Volkov, the Hero of Ukraine Leonid Kadenyuk, Hero of the Soviet Union Vitaly Zholobov. The State Space Agency of Ukraine was represented by its Head – Yuriy Alekseyev and his Advisor – Eduard Kuznetsov.

President: We have great prospects of cooperation in rocket-space industry
Press Office of President Viktor Yanukovych

Ukraine and Russia have good potential for the development of joint projects in rocket-space industry, President Viktor Yanukovych has said today in Yenakiyeve, adding that the issue of joint development of our countries’ rocket-space systems had been discussed during his meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

“We see that our joint programs only strengthen us, and we see that working together creates very good conditions for the introduction of aerospace technologies in virtually all industries,” he said.

Viktor Yanukovych noted that Ukraine is one of the five states with complete cycle of space technologies. Therefore, it requires us not to stop, but look for new ways to develop aerospace industry.

“We have lots of joint work with Russia, Bulgaria and other countries,” he said. “We have a great future of developing such programs as” Sich-2 “,”Dnipro” and others we are working on today,” the President said, adding that large number of programs are implemented with the participation of foreign partners.

Editor’s Note: Sich-2 is an Earth remote sensing satellite. Dnipro is a rocket launcher converted from a decommissioned Soviet ICBM that is prepared in Ukraine and launched from Russia.