Ladies and gentlemen,
I am honored to present
the results of the Government’s 100 days in the office.
First, it is a war cabinet. Its most important
task was preserving our statehood and unity.
Second, the Government is comprised of determined
professionals. The Parliament, the Government and the President are
committed to changing the country.
I value dearly practical
assistance, criticism and advice of volunteers who cooperate actively with
the Cabinet and line ministries. I admire their dedication and talent.
Despite the war with the nuclear
power and cynical opponent,
Ukraine has achieved quite a lot.
Our clear roadmap is the Ukraine-EU
Having established a mechanism of implementation and introduced a wide range of
executive programs, this Cabinet is committed to ensure our obligations in full
and with no delay.
We implemented three
austerity packages and introduced realistic budget of 2015.
The Cabinet has paid
all pensions, welfare and salaries, despite lost business activity and
The Government has
accomplished the first stage of the fiscal reform. A general number of
taxes were decreased from 22 to 11. Audits of small and medium businesses are
banned. Aim of the Single Social Payment is to motivate employers to pay
We started reducing
the pension fund deficit. A fair system is introduced for the
Luxury tax and tax on passive income,
as well as increased payments for extracting natural resources will help us finance the state budget.
We countered corruption
at macro level with no more intermediaries in energy supplies.
As a result of the
first stage of the budget decentralization, regions received the right
to administer series of taxes.
We cut the number of controlling
agencies from 56 to 28.
New deregulation measures, introduced in Agriculture, Food, Oil &
Gas and IT industries, will gain an estimated economic result of around USD 4 bln. till 2020.
budget that constitutes 5.2% of GDP ensures modernization of the Ukrainian
Armed Forces. The Government will keep in full promises to defenders of our
land and their families.
allocated additional UAH 3 bln. for rehabilitation and other assistance (around
USD 140 mln.) to temporarily replaced persons and
participants of the antiterrorist operation.
thank everyone who donated to the army, refugees from the east and Crimea.
security was among the most pressing issues in winter. Today 70% of gas
Ukraine buys in Europe not in Russia.
Energy efficiency programs and
subsidies for people will
contribute to eliminating the deficit of energy resources in the next season.
In the summer Ukraine will stockpile in reservoirs enough gas for the winter.
Due to its professionalism
and determination, the Cabinet succeeded in keeping foreign trust in
The International Monetary Fund's
board approved an Extended
Arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility of USD 17.5 bln.
four-year aid program for Ukraine. The Fund
acknowledged our results and further plans.
abroad believe in the Government’s ability to bring the reforms to conclusion.
This is an important sign to investors that the Government fulfills the
obligations and the economy will eventually come out of a recession.
In general, the
European Union, G7, leading states – among them the United States, have voiced strong
support for Ukrainian reforms and the Government’s program.
These 100 days have
been anything put simple or pleasant.
The first challenging winter for new
Ukraine is over and the Government is eager to carry on. The tasks are piling on because for previous
years they have been neglected by the previous regime.
The path ahead will not be easy.
If we are resilient and
united we will come out of these challenges stronger.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This Cabinet is a target.
We all, Ukrainians, are
challenged by local corruption and inefficiency of weak post-Soviet state
institutions. The Government believes that these diseases and legacies must
be jointly treated by our society – our Churches, civil activists and public
opinion leaders. Moral integrity must be protected by all.
The reform track is targeted by
political ignorance and political reasoning. This Cabinet calls upon the Parliament to avoid
any chance of populism or misbehavior aimed at benefits that are unacceptable
The Cabinet is targeted by Ukrainian
and Russian tycoons, since
this is the very first Ukrainian Government to increase payments for extracting
natural resources. The negative feedback was received immediately. The Cabinet
calls upon our society not to be trapped or manipulated by this wave of unfair
The Yatsenyuk Cabinet is targeted by
Putin. With the current
financial crisis, Putin has come close to achieving his purpose of
No illusions. Russia continues the offensive.
Since 15 February, Russian
militants have shelled Ukrainian positions over 1000 times.
withdrawal is performed either partially or in a way to strengthen their
Russia refuses to release illegally
detained Ukrainian political prisoners - Nadia Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, and others.
Russia blocks delivery of Ukrainian
and international humanitarian aid.
Russia refuses to extend proper
verification of the area,
including the checkpoints along the border that is currently out of Ukraine’s
Russia has not retreated its regular
troops as well as military
equipment from Ukraine.
Russia remains its strategy unchanged. Putin does not seek territorial gains. He
targets Ukraine’s future and aims at controlling Europe.
There is no other
option but to raise the costs for Putin’s aggression.
First. It means to strengthen Ukraine’s defensive
Second. It means to scale up the sanctions
against Russia, targeting its financial sector.
Third. It means to preserve unity within the EU and
between the US and the EU.
Fourth. It means to ensure economic stability in Ukraine.
By defending itself
against Russian aggression, Ukraine is also protecting the European Union.
The collapse of Ukraine
would open the door to Russian influence and even domination in Europe.
Europe’s political leaders must
change their perspective.
If Ukraine fails to
defend itself, they will have to spend much larger sums on their own defense.
The only way to prove
Putin wrong is by engaging in a medium-term assistance program that is large
enough to ensure stability in Ukraine and to encourage private capital to
Ukraine’s Government is determined to
embark on further radical changes.
Western unity and Ukraine’s
resilience would turn
the tables on Putin.
Such a perspective looks
difficult but it is attainable by close cooperation between Ukraine and the