There are more reasons for being optimistic this year than a year ago, said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in his New Year TV address to the Ukrainian people.
"It still will not be easy, but the worst in the economy is already behind," - noted the Head of the state.
"We have overcome the shock from the destruction of industrial capacity caused by military aggression. Just as from the hostile closing of the Russian market for our goods, from commercial and transport blockade. We have adapted our economy to new conditions. We have managed to restore economic growth. This allows holding a course on increasing the revenues of Ukrainians in the new year. We have reinforced our defense capability. We have coped with that task without mobilization. The army is now based on contractors and a defender of the Homeland is one of the noblest professions," he added.
Poroshenko underlined that for the first time in our history we have not purchased a single cubic meter of Russian gas - this is a huge step towards energy independence!
Ukraine has already celebrated the New Year!