Dear members of the
our session will be devoted exclusively
to social issues.
The first set
of questions relates
citizens of Ukraine.
forward to the
the heating season, respectively, people will receive utility bills.
I would ask
Social Policy Liudmila Leontiivna to inform you clearly
have been introduced
next steps the
going to undertake so as to help the
I’m going to speak frankly -
we are unable
meeting of the Government
we will make
phase of assistance
to the most needy,
as much as possible the
tariffs: those people
who are disabled;
unable to earn
who need help
state. Our resources are limited,
and we will think about
phase of compensation.
This is the
first set of
Secondly, regarding ATO
participants. We’ve held a range of meetings and conferences.
I would ask
to report on
the status of ATO
works. The next
issue concerns the prosthesis of our guys
at home and
The third set
of questions relates
to internally displaced
to take two decisions on IDPs
to let them survive the winter.
The next set of issues relates to medicine, more specifically, problems the medicine
faces. We have
with the procurement
of drugs and
this matter today
and the Government is
to take corresponding decisions.
I would also inform you about these decisions.
I would ask media
to stay with
us until that
Leontiivna tell the overall picture of
And finally -
inform you later about Naftogaz Ukrainy, after
the speech by Liudmila Leontiivna.
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Colleagues have you got questions to Liudmila Leontiivna? No. Thank you.
Once again I
would like to highlight this very important and sensitive issue - social
security. The situation with the budget is extremely challenging because this
is the military budget, and actually we are in the conditions of martial law.
The State budget
has lost again UAH 2 billion of revenues from Donbas
and "there is a constant trend to a fall of tax payment": "The
trend has a time lag. It means that in this month we have actually collected
revenues for August. And as the situation has worsened in August, therefore, in
the next month we expect deterioration in the volume of collected revenues from
Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The situation on the territories
controlled by Russian terrorists in Donetsk
and Luhansk regions has a terrible effect on the
economy as a whole. Everything is intertwined: “Ukrzaliznytsia"
gets 40% of revenues from Donetsk
and Luhansk regions. Blown up bridges and roads mean
no revenues from traffic, and therefore, there are no payments to the budget,
no payments for wages, no payments for electricity and, thus, it just kills the
We as a
Government are well aware of all the problems that people face: prices,
tariffs, rate of exchange. This is due to the fact that it is difficult to
manage the economy, when in our territory there are Russian tanks, terrorists
as well as shooting. But we are managing, will continue to manage, and we will
be able to cope with it.
Therefore, firstly, as to benefits and compensations. I urge Ukrainian citizens who are subject
to obtaining benefits and subsidies, immediately apply to the Department of
Social Protection so as to issue a state assistance. The State budget has
allocated UAH 8.8 billion to the payment of benefits and compensations for the
population. UAH 3.8 billion has been already used, so UAH 5 billion remains
till the end of this year.
reviewed the standards of natural gas and electricity consumption. What we had?
Oblgazes write off 10 cubic meters of gas for the
population, as if the population consumes it at the reduced price. We’ve
conducted a study, by the way with our foreign partners, as to households and
found out that the standard that was set almost 20 years ago has been almost
twice as much. The actual gas consumption equals 6 cubic and this extra 4 cubic
meters of gas, which wrote off for the population, were sold not to the public,
but to the industry and other entities at a commercial price that is 10 times
higher than the price for the population. Such a kind of business: wrote off for
the population and sold to the industry and money went to the pockets.
Noting that we
have revised the standards, I ask Liudmila Leontiivna and Olexander Vitaliiovych to check the decision to the third wave of
compensations to the public. That is, we have a compensation, which has been
introduced from July 1, a subsidy, which introduced from October 1, and the
third option: either to index the cash income for the most
needy, or offer another option of compensations due to a rise in prices
and tariffs. We’ve got an additional resource. It is about UAH 2 billion.
Now let’s talk
about ATO participants. I ask the Ministry of Defence
Security Service of Ukraine, Ministry of Interior Affaires, the National Guard,
the State Border Guard Service, The State Service for
Special Communications and Information Protection to speed up the submission of
lists of participants in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO). We’ve created the
Service, we’ve held the first meeting, but 152 people it is not good. Moreover,
the guys who fought, and their families will be immediately entitled to
receiving benefits and compensations.
As for prosthetics. Lyudmila, you and I were at a military hospital. Our enterprises can do
first prosthetics, but I've heard skepticism from guys about the Ukrainian
We’ve got 70
Ukrainian enterprises that manufacture prostheses: "I know that even
Ukrainian Paralympic athletes use our prostheses.
all the plants. I know that even Ukrainian Paralympic
athletes use our prostheses. Just tell the truth about the Ukrainian
prostheses: quality, whether they are suitable or not for whom they are
suitable. Every guy who needs prosthesis, to send social services to him,
medical devices, he may decide to: there are Ukrainian prosthesis that perhaps
are okay for the first time, here are foreign prosthesis, which are required
for special cases, and the state has to fund foreign prosthetics. So, today
let's decide that we are funding both national and foreign prosthetic dentures,
depending on the case and a medical opinion.
Regarding temporary displaced persons or migrants. Winter is at hand, almost 350 thousand
people we have. Government's position is that we take the decision to impose
the registration procedure of displaced persons or, as they say, migrants so
that we know who and where, with whom and in what living conditions. Now
temporarily displaced persons, who have the right for separate types of state
aid, can already go and they go to welfare offices and that social assistance
they’ve received, for example, in Donetsk
or Lugansk, they receive in places where they stay.
But we introduce the procedure of registration of citizens so that we clearly
know who are and where stay and in what conditions resides.
The second. We
resolve to provide state aid for the six-month period to these persons
(temporarily displaced persons from Donbas -
Ed.). Per each person, who is not able to earn, a monthly aid is UAH 884. For
every working person - it is 50% of this amount. And note - in case if a person
wants to receive the government assistance - he/she should come to the Employment Center and register in order to get a
job. If one wants that the state helped him/her, they should look for a job and
get it. Total payments for a family should not exceed UAH 2,400. I emphasize
again - it is just in case, if a person is looking for a job and is willing to
provide for one's family through going to work and earning.
The state cannot
help a person, who is not looking for a job, because this person does not want
to help himself/herself.
Thirdly - as for volume of funding. You realize that we have in these conditions some
new costs every day. We have fewer and fewer revenues instead we have more and
more costs. And so after that we will hold the registration process of
temporarily displaced persons and assign payments (we already have an agreement
with our Western donors), we obtain donor’s support. When they registered we
began to pay - foreign donors will allow us to compensate the state budget
expenditures for temporarily displaced persons.
As for payments and financial condition as a whole. I emphasize again that the financial and
economic situation is extremely complicated. And I have several meetings with
key global banks and global investors in New
condition, the first condition of investment to Ukraine – it is to stop the
war, clearing Ukraine from Russian terrorists and tanks and a real
implementation of the peace plan, which will enable to implement reform changes.
And of course, we should have a new Parliament in order to implement reforms in
the country, which will be ready to vote for the reform packages that are
repeatedly send by the Government and do not receive support from members of
the current Parliament. They do not offer a solution and cut government’s
extremely difficult situation, the world is watching very carefully for, they
see how behaves Ukraine,
the Government meets commitments both domestically debt obligations and the
payment of external obligations.
I want to make
clear is that the Government, despite the complexity of the financial and
economic situation in a country responsible attitude towards the fulfillment of
all obligations, including the repayment of debt.
Now is the
maturity Eurobonds issued by "Naftogaz Ukraine"
under the state guarantees totaling $ 1 billion 670 million. The Government and
"Naftogaz" commenced the redemption of
Eurobonds worth $ 1 billion 670 million. The total amount is paid off, and we
the confidence of foreign investors and lenders is very important for us.
Government will fulfill all its internal and external obligations, despite the
has come to us. Already nobody asks who took debts. Now just ask who will give
it. Therefore, we pay.
issue on medicines and on medicine. I have dozens of references on this
State Service has
conducted internal investigations. I will bring at the meeting of the Cabinet
of Ministers a next offer - the Ministry of Health purchased only 25% of the
total amount of medicines that the state had to buy. And there is almost the
end of the year.
gave dozens of orders at Cabinet’s sessions at our meetings. But, as I see someone
hears badly. So I suggest the following Government decision: to suspend
Minister of Health from his duty, to withdraw First Deputy Minister Mr. Salyutin from his position.
Ministry of Health together with the Ministry of Finance in accordance with
the law - 21 days to complete the procurement. I will not accept it.
Then I ask
Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers to announce the final decision of the