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The agreements between Ukraine and Russia to a lower gas purchase price and extend the stationing of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, which were reached during the visit of Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev to Ukraine, dominated the news bulletins on major Ukrainian television channels. The decision by the Donetsk administrative court of appeal to strip nationalist leader Roman Shukhevych of his Hero of Ukraine rank was also covered. The following are summaries of the news bulletins broadcast by the Inter, Ukrayina, ICTV, 5 Kanal, and UT1 TV channels on 21 April:
Inter TV 1700 gmt (privately-owned, politically neutral)
2. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his Russian counterpart Dmitriy Medvedev agree that Ukraine will get cheaper gas but should allow the Russian Black Sea Fleet to stay in Sevastopol for another 25 years. Detailed factual report including Yanukovych's and Medvedev's soundbites. The correspondent notes that this is Medvedev's first visit to Ukraine in the past five years and that the two presidents have already met four times since Yanukovych's inauguration.
3. Ukraine and Russia argued many times over the fleet in Crimea under the previous president, Viktor Yushchenko, the report says. The correspondent recalls some of the incidents and also says that many Sevastopol residents are employed by the fleet and therefore depend on it.
4. Opposition leader Yuliya Tymoshenko condemns the fleet deal as unconstitutional and says an extraordinary parliamentary …