On Friday, June 5, Prime Minister of Ukraine and Government members answered questions from lawmakers.
Anti-Crisis Energy Headquarters undertakes work on a weekly basis to normalize the situation in the energy sector.
This was announced by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during A Question Time for the Government at the Verkhovna Rada. "A whole list of appropriate measures is being put in place. There are questions related to the debts having been accumulated for years, to the imbalance of the energy market and today all the work aimed to address these issues is underway. Debt repayment meetings are held regularly, negotiations with renewable energy investors on tariff reductions are underway, and the financial component of the energy market continues to be balanced, " the Head of Government said.
The Prime Minister also answered questions about Ukraine's readiness to prevent the consequences of forest fires due to the expectation of hot and dry weather in the near future. "The State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine is carrying out a full range of measures to prevent forest fires, including in Zhytomyr region. Now special attention is being paid to this area after fires there. Relevant criminal proceedings are underway with regard to the fires in both Zhytomyr region and Chernobyl zone. The relevant legislation has been adopted to strengthen the responsibility for forest fires," Denys Shmyhal underscored.
The Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada reported on the recent high-profile criminal events. In particular, the Interior Minister announced the progress of the criminal investigation into the situation in Kagarlyk. According to Minister Arsen Avakov, the police "do not shelter someone, do not indulge, do not try to hide, but react quickly and harshly in accordance with the law" to the crime in which police officers are suspected.
Moreover, the Interior Minister stated that the system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reacted instantly to the incident and "drew conclusions about the shortcomings in the work of the inspection of the National Police." Arsen Avakov also informed about the progress of the investigation into the shooting in the city of Brovary and answered questions from lawmakers about the investigation of high-profile criminal cases involving the murders of Kyryl Tlyavov and Pavlo Sheremet.
In turn, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba reminded MPs that international air services, as well as connections with neighbouring countries, will be resumed in Ukraine on June 15 and preparations are underway to enable Ukrainians to visit other countries. "We are negotiating with all countries that are of interest to Ukrainians as travel destinations this summer. During the adoption of decisions on the admission of citizens of Ukraine, there are no problems with confidence in statistics, there are no problems with confidence in the number of tests. A certain limit of the number of patients per 100,000 population has been set, we are very close to this threshold and even a slight improvement in the situation in Ukraine will allow us to meet the standards and entry into the country will be open for Ukrainians. This issue is one of the priorities and is under my control, " the Foreign Minister said.
Apart from that, the Government members answered questions from lawmakers concerning the terms of cooperation with the IMF, ensuring the security of this year's external independent evaluation in the context of the coronavirus epidemic, and etc.