We failed to end the war, the fight with corruption had no expected effect, Ukrainians haven’t yet felt better quality of living. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that in today's speech of his annual address to the Ukrainian Parliament.
“I’d like to honestly note that a big part of our society is discontented – we failed to end the war and restore territorial integrity of Ukraine. 20% of the country’s industrial potential was lost due to the aggression. Of course, this caused a domino effect for the entire economy – due to the aggressive shutdown of Russian markets for Ukrainian goods, which led to the profound social crisis. We survived and revived economic growth. However the majority of Ukrainians have not yet felt better quality of living,” Poroshenko said.
He underlined that the living standards are being slowly restored and irregularly – in different regions, among different social and age groups, retired persons remain among the most disadvantaged groups.
“We created anticorruption infrastructure, massively invested taxpayers’ resources in new bodies, however, as a President, I am not satisfied with the degree of their efficiency. The society is not disappointed with the dynamics of the anti-corruption fight, their complaints are reasonable,” the Head of the State noted.
He paid attention to the high level of immigration from Ukraine.
“Unfortunately authorities made miscounts in human resources management and the ambitious experiments proved ineffective. The pace of reforms is totally different, as well as the speed we projected at the beginning. The problems turned out to be deeper, the resistance – stronger, the decisions – more complicated,” the President said.