Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said that the parties of Petro Poroshenko and Yulia Tymoshenko should bite the dust. The prime minister also noted that when he worked under the Poroshenko presidency, "the whole system around was absolutely hostile." In turn, Poroshenko called Groysman’s statement the loss of dignity and common sense. But first things first.
Canary in the coal mine
At the end of May, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman announced his intention to participate in early parliamentary elections, together with his own party, Ukrainian Strategy. It was noted that Groysman will head this party and wants to form a team of young people with experience and state needs. In addition, the current prime minister ruled out the possibility of uniting his party with the political force of Petro Poroshenko European solidarity, adding that such proposals were received from the team of the ex-president.
“I think that we are just different (with Petro Poroshenko) ... I made the decision, I will go on my own, and this decision is final for me,” the then head of the Cabinet of Ministers said.
Groysman’s Ukrainian Strategy
On June 7, Groysman headed the electoral list of the Ukrainian Strategy party. The top five of the party included four more officials of the Cabinet: three ministers (education - Lilia Grynevych, minister of the Cabinet - Oleksandr Saenko and culture - Yevgen Nishchuk), as well as deputy minister of information policy Emine Dzhepparova. During his speech, the prime minister reminded about his work as a mayor and stressed that he had created his own team because he did not intend to be a member of the others.
“Almost 8.13% of people want Groysman to be the next prime minister. My passage to Rada gives you the opportunity to lead a professional team and be responsible. And then I can qualify for the post of the prime minister,” he said.
The new round of conflict
June 16, Groysman stated that the parties of Petro Poroshenko (Groysman was elected by its lists to the Verkhovna Rada in 2014) and Yulia Tymoshenko (Batkivshchyna) should go the way of the dodo. He also added that in the new Verkhovna Rada should have "new forces", but, according to Groysman, the criterion of "new faces" should not be decisive.
"I see today that Servant of the People party is subjected to high hopes, it was shown by the presidential election. There is Golos party of Svyatoslav Vakarchuk. And there is the Ukrainian Strategy party, which unites professionals today. I can say that my team and I personally will do everything in order to put into practice the dreams and hopes that exist today. I believe that in such unification of views, voices, and practices can be the key to success," PM assured.
Groysman said that when he worked under the Poroshenko’s presidency, “the whole system around was absolutely hostile.” The prime minister also hopes that under President Zelensky, they will be able to unshadow the economy and “clear” the law-enforcement system.
In response to Groysman’s statements, Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of Batkivshchyna party, said that the Prime Minister "changed his shoes in the air."
“This is ridiculous, but in fact, it’s like a manual on Ukrainian politics. Groysman says that Bloc of Petro Poroshenko and Batkivshchyna are old parties, and cynicism needs to be assessed. Groysman is Poroshenko’s right kidney,” Tymoshenko stated.
Poroshenko did not comment on the statement, at the same time, MP from his party Iryna Gerashchenko spoke on this subject:
"You know, the casting for the future prime minister’s office has begun, although the contest did not seem to have been announced. And some politicians lose their dignity and common sense. Obviously, this does not correspond to European culture and European practice. And it’s a shame to see such a loss of dignity and common sense from politicians of different generations united by the old political culture," said Gerashchenko.
“We will not play these games and we urge our colleagues to draw conclusions,” she added.