The debt of the Ukrainians on the payment of the public utility (including electricity) increased by $260,9 million and made $2,3 billion during the first month of 2019. The growth of the debt made over 12,6% as Viktor Medvedchuk, the Head of the Political Council of “Opposition platform – For life” Party reported.
“As of the end of January, the debt of the population on the supplies of gas made $1,08 million, for district heating and hot water supply - $745 million, for housing and ground maintenance - $152 million, cold water supply and water disposal systems - $115,5 million, for waste collection - $22,3 million, for electricity supply - $212 million,” Medvedchuk said.
“To protect the citizens of Ukraine and not allowed the collapse of the housing and communal services system, the “Opposition platform – For life” Party filed the draft law “On debt relief from the population for the supply of the natural gas, district heating and hot water supply, electricity supply…”. I am sure that the adoption of this law is highly important for Ukraine and its citizens, who became the hostages of the tariff genocide held by the government and its populist policy, which led to the poverty of the population. It is more important than enshrinement of the NATO course into the Constitution or the legislative discrimination of the Russian-speaking population,” Medvedchuk noted.
Besides, he thinks that it is necessary to ruin the monopolistic state of Naftogaz-Ukraine and return to the practice of the direct purchase of the gas from Russian Gazprom by getting rid of the intermediaries, “who just earn the excessive profits”. “Moreover, these intermediaries from the government creates the conditions for the corruption schemes and their cynical earnings on the direct looting of the Ukrainians by telling fairytales about “Russian gas needle” and how they got off from it,” Medvedchuk added.
As we reported earlier, Viktor Medvedchuk, the politician and the head of 'Ukrainsky Vybir' (Ukrainian Choice) political party faces prosecution in Ukraine. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General's Office opened the case against him in state treason and encroachment on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. The basis for the criminal proceeding is an application of the Ukrainian MP from the People’s Front political party. The criminal case opened against the politician for his proposals on settlement of the military conflict in Donbas by granting the region with autonomy and capturing that in the Constitution of Ukraine. Medvedchuk voiced the proposals at the All-Ukrainian Congress of the party on January 29.
Members of the European Parliament condemned the criminal proceeding against Viktor Medvedchuk, the representative of the "Opposition Platform - For Life" political party.