MOSCOW, 1 Jan — RIA Novosti. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, congratulating the citizens with the New year, reminded the Crimea and the Donbas that Ukraine is their home. He thanked the United States for future supplies of lethal weapons and promised to “open fire” on those who would attack the Ukraine. In Russia, the statement of the Ukrainian leader considered cynical and called “poison in a shiny wrapper”.
Poroshenko congratulated Ukrainians
“Optimism, faith in their country, in their own strength — our main resource. And all will be well. To do this, as taught by his Beatitude Lubomyr Husar, we should pray as if everything depends on God but work as if everything depends on us”, — said the Ukrainian leader.
He urged to preserve the unity of the country and forgot about Crimea and Sevastopol and the Donbas. He assured them that their home — Ukraine.
“Through the artificial line my sincere congratulations even hear the Crimea and Sevastopol, Donetsk and Lugansk. Brothers and sisters, your house — Ukraine”, — said Poroshenko.
However, he was quick to add that he intends to strengthen the Ukrainian army.
With individual greetings Poroshenko appealed to the United States, who approved of supply Kiev defensive weapons, Canada, which included Ukraine in the list of countries that are allowed to supply lethal weapons, as well as to the European Union, who once again extended sanctions against Russia.
And again about bezviz
No cost speech without mentioning the main achievements of Ukraine over the past year — the establishment of a visa-free regime with the EU. Poroshenko said that already hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians took advantage of bezveza and millions more will do so in the future.
Ukrainian citizens can travel without visas to the Schengen zone since June 11. However, the right to work or study, such a regime does not. In addition, the EU has reserved the possibility to suspend the visa-free regime if there is a problem with migration and security.
This statistics shows that Ukrainians do not hurry to take the opportunity to travel through Europe. At the end of December bezveza have used only four percent of citizens traveling to EU countries, that is about 380 thousand people. For comparison: in 2013 (in late November, began Euromaidan), according to the European Commission, the Ukrainians were given one and a half million Schengen visas.
What more promises to the President of Ukraine
In conclusion, Poroshenko noted the need to accelerate economic growth and improve the standard of living, tangible for all Ukrainians. For his part, he promised to provide conditions not only for economic growth but also for the political upliftment of the country. At the end of the greetings even sounded rather alarming words:
“Those who want to set fire to the house in the middle, should be selected in matches, and for those who would attack us outside, on the contrary — to open fire”, — said Poroshenko.
“Cynicism has no boundaries”
In Russia, the Ukrainian President was perceived critically. According to the Deputy of the state Duma, Deputy head of Committee on Affairs of nationalities Ruslan Balbec, new year greetings Poroshenko looks “poison in a shiny wrapper”.
“Given the rejection of the Ukrainian population from their leaders, Poroshenko is trying “good word” to shape the supporters in Crimea and the Donbass”, — said Balbec RT.
According to him, “believe cold-blooded killer of his own people” can only the mad and the West.
Commenting on the words Poroshenko about the fact that the main resource of Ukrainians is the optimism and faith in their country, he noted that the people do not lose heart even in difficult situations. Therefore Balbec did not rule out that “thereupon” the Ukrainians throw the neck “poroshenkovsko yoke”.
The Chairman of the Federation Council Commission on information policy Alexei Pushkov drew attention to the fact that Poroshenko said that Ukraine is home to residents of Crimea and Donbas.
“After several years of attacks and a complete blockade of Donbas residents heard from Poroshenko that “their house — Ukraine”. The cynicism seems to have no boundaries,” the Senator wrote in his microblog on Twitter.
Ukrainians are advised to tighten their belts
The economic situation in Ukraine remains difficult. After emerging in 2016, growth is slowing, while Western lenders are in no hurry to give Kiev the next tranche, demanding to strengthen the fight against corruption.
The Ukrainian authorities are always talking about the welfare of the population — so, from 1 January the minimum wage increased from 3200 to 3 723 UAH (up to 115.2 $ 135), and increased cost of living. However, according to experts, this increase would negate the future increase of utility tariffs and rising prices.
In addition, according to the President of the Ukrainian analytical center Alexander Okhrimenko, in the coming year will rise in price of fuel, and the increase in excise duties will raise the price of alcohol and cigarettes.
Managing partner of investment company Capital Times Eric Naiman noted that if the income of Ukrainians will grow by 10-15%, then they will have a negative impact inflation, growth of prices and tariffs. “While everything is calm, but tighten your belts all the same” — he advised.
In addition, with the new year increases the insurance period (required by the pension reform). Now for the retirement you want, not 15, and 25 years of experience. And it will increase every year, and in 2028, he will be 35 years. All who will lack insurance experience, will be able to obtain a living wage or “to purchase” not more than two years at a price of 1408 UAH (51 USD) per month, nearly 16,9 thousand hryvnia (more than $ 608) per year.
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