The Government has already drafted orders to ensure the
execution of the Decision by Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council about
suspending of cargo shipment across the line of demarcation and the Cabinet of
Ministers of Ukraine will prolong work over these measures. Prime Minister of
Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stated during A Question Time for the Government at
the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
"Referring to the decision of the NSDC, it was
announced yesterday, we have appropriate orders today. The Government shall work
on these measures envisaged by the Council’s decision. This is a mandatory
procedure," he said.
The Prime Minister noted that temporary halt of coal deliveries
had resulted in grave problems in energy sector and economy of the country.
He reminded that the 4th quarter of 2016 demonstrated a 4.7%
GDP growth totalling 2.2 % for the year.
Ukraine would exceed the forecast of economic growth by 3%
in 2017, "but for that purpose we need to take the statist position, instead
of following a lead of our enemy that wants to exhaust our economy", Volodymyr
Groysman aired his thoughts.
The GDP performance also affects financing of the army, he added.
"I was warning that we would have our energy resources,
our mines on our territory blocked, but I would never have thought it would have
happened with involvement of Ukrainian citizens. Most unfortunately, this
blockade was against the Ukrainian state", he stressed.