The Ukrainian Cabinet created the State Service for Veteran Affairs of Ukraine. This agency is to operate instead of the State Service for War Veterans and Members of the Counter-Terrorism Operation. The latter was disbanded by the government during the session on Wednesday.
The maximum staff capacity of the new agency makes 150 people.
Last week, the representatives of the nationalist groups showed up near the government building in Kyiv. They demanded the creation of a new ministry in Ukraine, as Informator reported. Around 300 people showed up at the rally. They surrounded the building of the Cabinet of the Ministers, holding flags and posters, demanding to establish a ministry of veterans in Ukraine. Besides, picketers said that the process of its creation is being delayed due to political purposes. The participants were convinced that the new structure has to be responsible for the provision of social protection of those who participated in combat actions on the east of the country. In particular, the veterans need support with employment and social benefits.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has upheld the amended draft law about the country's state budget in 2019. The document is now ready for the second reading in the Parliament. Acting Finance Minister Oksana Markarova reported that the budget deficit level in this edition of the bill remains the same as it was, 2.3 percent from the GDP. The Finance Ministry reported that the current edition of the draft law considers changes in terms of incomes, which took place particularly due to the draft law on increasing excise duties and bid rents for land.