The Cabinet of Ministers plans to reduce the number of districts in Ukraine three times as part of the decentralization reform. This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmygal during an extraordinary session of the Ukrainian government.
According to the Prime Minister, districts, which were formed during the times of the USSR, do no longer meet modern standards.
"Currently, there are 490 districts on the map. It is proposed to unite and create three times less. In fact, the current district division was formed in the USSR in the first half of the last century. It does not meet many modern standards, so it is necessary to put things in order. 5,000 people live there, and there are areas where more than 180,000 people live. There are big distortions in subventions, subsidies, the capacity of these areas," Shmygal said.
As we reported earlier, according to Dmytro Razumkov, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, the issue of the special status of Donbas is unlikely to be considered at the all-Ukrainian referendum, even if the law on popular sovereignty is approved.