The blockade in energy and trade sectors is expected to curb
growth of the economy and lies within the personal liability of its initiators.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stated during the meeting of the Regional
Development Council under the chairmanship of President of Ukraine Petro
"The ongoing blockade was not in the interests of
Ukraine, this blockade was in the interests of Russia. The blockade was against
the Ukrainians and against our country. This blockade is expected to cause
economic slowdown and, of course, there are individuals who should bear
personal responsibility for that", said Volodymyr Groysman, adding it is
the Government that must mitigate negative consequences on the economy of
actions of the leaders of the blockade.
"When we have to take unpopular decisions to restore development
of the economy, it will be our objective, we must elaborate
measures to minimize the negative impact. We are to be concerned about the ways
to avoid rotating power cuts in the country. We are responsible for providing
heating to households", urged the Head of Government.
In this regard, he stressed the importance of demonstrating leadership
by politicians. "It’s time when we must develop an open attitude towards
Ukrainians, the State", he stressed.
The Prime Minister also commented on the decision of local
councils that supported trade and energy blockade.
has anybody of you at least approximately analyzed the impact of the blockade,
held a discussion so that to get to people and say, "These are the pros from
the blockade, and those are the cons, and we assume responsibility for all
negative consequences?" No, none of you has", he stressed.
None of the
representatives of the local councils has also appealed to the Prime Minister to
clarify and ponder on the consequences of the blockade, said the Head of
that the country is facing a number of challenges and authorities of all levels
must work together to cope with them. "20 years of independence have proved
that only real leadership and faith in what we do will lead us to victory. We must
be implementing the social contract, we must be honest
to the people. We must not just talk about our intentions, but introduce them
as well", urged Volodymyr Groysman.
that, the Prime Minister stressed that the blockade had been organized in that
period when the country demonstrated an ability to lift itself out of the
difficulties it had been suffering from for decades.