Ukrainian Politics

 Social benefits could be jeopardized by Radical Party and Batkivshchyna blocking parliament’s activity, - Hroisman

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman urged two Verkhovna Rada factions (Radical Party and Batkivshchyna) to unblock the work of the Ukrainian parliament, which will allow taking a decision on the transfer of 78 billion hryvnia (about $3,120,000) to the state budget and make social payments to citizens.

He stated at today's government session, Censor.NET reports citing thepress service of the Cabinet.

"... I would like to appeal to all the members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine today and particularly to the two factions of the Ukrainian parliament with a huge request to unblock the work of the parliament," Hroisman said.

There are two issues on the parliament's agenda at this point, he said. The first one is that the National Bank should provide a report to the Supervisory Board, after which the NBU Supervisory Board will transfer 38 billion hryvnia to the state budget 'in order to pay salaries, pensions, and categorical grants for medicines and energy.'

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"If the parliament fails to do this, unfortunately, this will endanger social payments in Ukraine and it will be the fault of those who block the work of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine," Hroisman stressed.

The second decision to be taken is adoption of laws allowing returning attached $1.5 billion acquired by former high-ranking officials by criminal methods.

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The Radical Party faction MPs have blocked the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada over several plenary weeks now, demanding to create a provisional investigatory commission to investigate corruption in the government. They were joined by Batkivshchyna faction MPs and several non-affiliated lawmakers yesterday, July 5. The rostrum and presidium of the Verkhovna Rada have been blocked. Blockade continues today as well. The basic requirements of the PMs are utility rates reduction and initiation of the investigation into offshore companies owned by the president and his retinue. The Verkhovna Rada has not been working since yesterday afternoon.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n396296