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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT SACKS TWO GOVERNORS. President Leonid Kuchma signed decrees on 29 July dismissing the governors of Poltava and Chernivtsi oblasts -- Yevhen Tomin and Teofil Bauer respectively -- Interfax reported, quoting president's press office. The Ukrainian government last week recommended that the president dismiss the Dnipropetrovsk, Chernivtsi, and Poltava oblasts governors based on its analysis of the agricultural and economic sectors (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 24 July 2003). The government also decided to sack the heads of the State Foodstuffs Department, the government's Pricing Department, and the deputy heads of several regional administrations responsible for the agricultural sector. AM
UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS MOLDOVAN TROOPS DID NOT CROSS BORDER. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Horkov said on 29 July that Moldovan border troops did not cross the border into Ukraine during last week's incident at a power plant situated on the Dniester River, on the border between the two countries, Infotag reported (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 28 July 2003). Horkov confirmed that observation points established by Moldovan border guards near the power station are on Moldovan territory. He nonetheless added that Moldova should have notified the Ukrainian side in advance of its intention to establish such posts. MS