Oleksandr Velbivets, the incumbent chairman of Cherkasy regional council has been appointed the governor of Cherkasy region. His predecessor Yuriy Tkachenko was sacked, as he failed to settle the heating problem in Smila town.
On Tuesday, President Petro Poroshenko presented Velbivets to the press and charged him to deal with the issue in Smila; by now, the situation stabilized, as boiler rooms went back online, and the warmth returned to living houses and infrastructure buildings.
'Your first task would be to go to Smila and to start solving the situation. If you need my advice, settle your office in Smila, just for a couple of days; talk to people, listen to them, share the government's positions - and that of the president's - with them', Poroshenko told Velbivets.
The President also insisted that the residents of Smila never paid for the heating supply for the entire period when they were cut off the heating system.
Oleksandr Velbivets previously served as the MP of the pro-presidential Petro Poroshenko's Bloc.
As is known, recently, residents of Smila, Kryvyi Rih, Pavlohrad, Kherson and several other cities found themselves in cold, non-heated rooms. The reason is that the local services did not launch the heating systems in time. The town hall administration had declared a state of emergency.
The Ukrainian Cabinet assigned the short-term loan to Smila that faced a trouble with the central heating system. The sum of the loan made almost 900,000 U.S. dollars.