Ukraine plans to sell a controlling stake in the country's largest oil-producing company, Ukrneft. According to Mikhail Chechetov, the head of Ukraine's State Property Fund, the auction will take place in September 2003. Official sources suggest that Kiev plans to receive at least USD 370 million for Ukrneft. The State Property Fund believes that the most likely buyers of the stake (50% + one share) will be from Russian and Hungary.
Photos show many anti-Ukrainian and anti-EU slogans that the farmers use in their demonstration. One of the banners attached to a tractor calls on Russian President Vladimir Putin to bring "Ukraine, Brussels and our rulers” to order