Today, Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov has made a statement:
situation which has arisen in the state is threatening economic and social
development of Ukraine,
constitutes a threat for the whole Ukrainian society and every citizen of it.
During the standoff
the Government has done everything for a peaceful solution of the conflict. We
have been doing and we are still doing everything not to let bloodshed occur,
to prevent the violence escalating, not to have human rights violated. The Government
has made sure that the economy and social security function under extreme
severity and danger which the conflict creates for our citizens require
additional responsible measures.
With the aim of
creating extra means for finding a social-political compromise, for the sake of
a peaceful settlement of the conflict, I took my personal decision to ask the
President of Ukraine to accept my resignation from the position of the Prime
minister of Ukraine.
Throughout all these
years I have been doing everything for Ukraine to be able to normally
develop as a democratic European country. I have made decisions and taken upon
myself responsibility in the interest of Ukraine. And this is why I can be
looking honestly into the eyes of every citizen of our state, into the eyes of
I am grateful for the
trust of the President of Ukraine. I am grateful to all the Members of
Parliament who have been supporting throughout all these years the
overcomplicated work of the Government aimed at Ukraine’s modernization and
I am grateful to all
the citizens of Ukraine
who have been supporting the Government and me personally, who believed and
still believe in the correctness of the political course which we have been
The most important
today is to preserve the unity and integrity of Ukraine. That is much more
important than anybody’s personal plans and ambitions.
This is the reason why
I have taken this decision”.