"On Saturday I met with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and asked him to accept my resignation. He accepted the letter of resignation and the Cabinet of Ministers shall consider it on Wednesday. I thank [all members of] my team for their work. I am grateful to the Donetsk region residents for their support and understanding. By our joint efforts we have proved that Donetsk region is Ukraine!" the official said.
"Exactly three years ago, the president appointed me the chairman of the Donetsk regional state administration, head of the regional military and civilian administration. It was three incredibly hard yet intense and interesting years. I and my team managed to implement and develop a number of projects in this period: Oporna Shkola (creation of hub schools – Ed.), Ukrainskyi Donetskyi Kurkul (aid to farmers operating in the government-controlled part of the Donetsk region – Ed.), provided housing for orphans, repaired roads, developed a concept for the creation of distinctive Ukrainian cultural space...
"The Donetsk region has been rapidly changing over these three years. First of all thanks to the fact that I and my team succeeded in attracting significant funds for the infrastructure development. 12 hub schools have already been completely renovated in the region with the 12th one to become operational before Sept. 1 while there will be 30 of them by the end of 2018; more than 150 small business owners received aid necessary for implementation of their business ideas as part of the Ukrainskyi Donetskyi Kurkul project which is still ongoing; more than 200 orphans received housing through implementation of locally- and nationally-funded projects; about one hundred youth centers have been open; 150 sports grounds and playing-fields with an artificial covering have been built; the region authorities started sending teachers, entrepreneurs, and local community leaders for training in Europe; the Donetsk region was the first one in Ukraine to implement European norms for environmental monitoring; we are constructing four solid domestic waste landfills in line with Europe’s most advanced technologies; large-scale work on the reconstruction of parks and squares in cities, towns and villages is underway; we are going to open Administrative Services Centers, started implementing of the social offices project.
"But the main thing is that the Ukrainian nature of the Donbas revives: cities and streets have their historical names restored, Ukrainian language is heard in the hallways and offices of the regional administration, four cities have translated all the signs and signboards into Ukrainian. I have got a way better understanding of this region and fell in love with it over these years. It is this region that I fought for at the forefront in 2014 and I have continued to struggle for its development since 2015 to make sure that the residents of the government-controlled part of the Donbas live in dignity. Moreover, it was done for the people living on the other side of the so-called "contact line" to have a clear vision of the fact that Ukraine is modern, awesome and it has prospects, to give them hope that once, after liberation, they will also be able to live in peace and harmony, develop themselves and develop their communities. We have started a great job and I hope my successor will keep doing it," Zhebrivskyi said.