Ukraine needs reforms or it will perish as a nation, stated Mikheil Saakashvili, head of Odesa Regional Administration, in an interview to Novoye Vremya.
"With regard to the present time, we have to understand that Ukraine is now where Georgia was in 2003: state apparatus splits, a big problem with energy to appear this winter. No budget, as well as in Georgia then. And corruption remains at a very high level ", he said.
The official noted that "now we must implement reforms or we will perish as a nation - there is no third way. In any case, I think, we must begin to move."
Saakashvili also said that before he was appointed as the Odessa governor, President Poroshenko promised full support from his side.
"We agreed that he would help. I said that I needed subordination of all law enforcement agencies in the region, as well as customs for getting it in order ", he stressed.