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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT HAILS OPPOSITION UNITY. Viktor Yushchenko has welcomed the unity deal signed by the Yuliya Tymoshenko Bloc and Our Ukraine last week (see "RFE/RL Newsline," February 26, 2007), the presidential press service reported on February 26. "I approve of the unification of the opposition forces in the Verkhovna Rada as an important prerequisite to oppose the systematic and outright violation of the Constitution of Ukraine and legislation in force that can be seen in the country's parliament," Yushchenko said in a letter to both opposition blocs. "I share your concern over the serious threats to Ukrainian political life, which pose a real danger to the constitutional system of Ukraine, its security and stability, human rights, and freedoms," Yushchenko added. JM