Instead of enjoying the results of
a decentralization reform and studying in new schools and kindergartens, today
1.5 thousand school-age children and about 300 preschoolers in the town of
Avdiyivka in Donbas are suffering attacks by the Russian forces. It is very
disturbing for all of us that Ukraine is pursuing reforms, while a large number
of people in the East of the country remain outside through the Russian
aggression. It is a crime against future generations of Ukrainians. We accuse
the Russian Federation in hostile activities, it waged in Ukraine. Vice Prime Minister/ Minister of Regional
Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko announced
today at a meeting of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
He told the European community that the ceasefire hasn’t
been restored in Avdiyivka, the town remains without electricity, and it’s impossible
to start repair activities.
"Ukraine, being actually in a state of war, carries out
reforms that demonstrate the result. Today Ukraine is a European, optimistic
country. 75% of Ukrainian citizens support European integration, 95% of the
population of Avdiyivka are expecting peace and believe that ony peace can
enable them not to flee their homes, to live in their hometown, to prolong
teaching children", said the Vice Prime Minister.
Zubko thanked Secretary-General of the Council of Europe
Thorbjørn Jagland for the public statement in which he called for
immediate cessation of shelling in Donbas and strict compliance with the Minsk
agreements to restore the ceasefire.
As was reported earlier Hennadii Zubko made a report regarding the implementation of the decentralization
reform and its progress during the event titled “Decentralization in
Ukraine: Achievements and Perspectives” that took place at the Council of
Europe in Strasbourgh.
Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional
Authorities of the Council of Europe Andreas Kiefer; Sergiy Kyslytsya, Deputy
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine; Vyacheslav Nehoda, First Deputy
Minister for Regional Development, Building, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine;
as well as Daniel Popescu, the Council of Europe Special Advisor to the
Government of Ukraine on Decentralization, were also among speakers at the
event. It was organised upon the initiative of the Permanent Representation of
Ukraine at the Council of Europe.