The economic upturn and the improvement of the quality of life in Ukraine will certainly affect the events in the occupied territories and the mood of the people living there. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman in an interview with the largest Latvian newspaper Latvijas Avīze. The journalists of the newspaper together with Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis visited Ukraine last week. The top European official met with the Prime Minister and one of the themes of a meeting was the reform process, the situation in Donbas and Pryazovya (the areas of the Azov Sea region). The Vice-President of the European Commission visited the port of Berdyansk, where he got familiarized with a current situation. He also aired the European Union’s incentive to fully support the Pryazovya and to shape joint projects for the development of this region.
The issues related to Crimea, Pryazovya and Donbas became the themes of an interview with the Head of Government. So, he stressed that Crimea and Donbas are territories of Ukraine, and Ukrainian citizens live there. They have been taken captive by the occupation authorities.
"For us, every citizen of Ukraine is of unparalleled importance. We want to free them from this captivity and give them a simple opportunity to live in a democracy when they won’t be afraid to speak or talk freely. When we are accelerating economic growth and improving the standard of living of citizens, this can affect events in the occupied areas", the Head of Government underscored.