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UKRAINIANS RALLY AGAINST CIS SINGLE ECONOMIC SPACE. Nearly 5,000 people took part in a demonstration in Ivano-Frankivsk, western Ukraine, on 5 October to protest Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan's recent accord to create a CIS Single Economic Space ("RFE/RL Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine Report," 23 September 2003), UNIAN reported on 6 October. A resolution adopted at the rally calls the accord signed on behalf of Ukraine by President Leonid Kuchma a "betrayal" of national interests and appeals to the Verkhovna Rada not to ratify it. The demonstration was organized by Viktor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine bloc, the Yuliya Tymoshenko Bloc, and other organizations in the region. JM

MACEDONIAN PRESIDENT VISITS UKRAINE. President Kuchma met with his Macedonian counterpart Boris Trajkovski in Uzhhorod, Transcarpathia, on 3 October, Interfax reported. The two presidents reportedly discussed bilateral cooperation and the situation in the Balkans. "Ukraine is a state with high rates of economic development, and it may render Macedonia great support in its economic development," Trajkovski said. It was announced after the meeting that the Macedonian-Bulgarian firm Granat-AHM was hired as the general contractor for a $45.5 million project to repair 210 kilometers of a mountainous road connecting Kyiv and the town of Chop on the Hungarian border, dpa reported. JM