“I must repeat once more: the Ukrainian state today is facing a big choice – either to become independent or to remain colonized,” says Oleh Bereziuk, chairman of the Samopomich Union faction.
“The process of recolonization is almost uncontrollable. The government openly – consciously or unconsciously – prompts it; it deceives people – consciously or unconsciously. In 2014, a revolutionary reform of fiscal decentralization was generated. However, having met with city mayors last week, I have to admit that decentralization has stopped and it is moving backwards. The money that was used last year to strengthen medicine, which is not financed by the state, for education, social protection, additional payments to pensioners, is not in the budgets of cities today. Why? Because the government has taken them back. For 2 months of this year 800 million hryvnias have been accumulated by the Cabinet as a result of the so-called tariffs for retail trade of combustive and lubricating materials. This money did not go to the accounts of cities. This is a crime against Ukrainian communities, against Ukrainian state independence,” says Oleh Bereziuk.
“Yet another crime is the fact that Ukraine is not using economic sanctions against the government of the belligerent country and its puppets. Moreover, Ukraine is financing the territories from which our soldiers and people are shot.
Thus, these are ordinary people who, given the inaction of the government, have to impose sanctions against the occupier on their own. And these people are somehow being called criminals and not patriots of Ukraine. At present, the government is adopting a “fake” order that allegedly prohibits the trade with the occupied territories; but in special cases it turns out that it is actually possible to trade. Whom are we deceiving? People? People can never be deceived.” Oleh Bereziuk is convinced that while the government is “deceiving” the country, the parliament is ignoring the challenges the Ukrainian statehood is facing today. He calls on the Verkhovna Rada to perform its duties at last – to pass the laws on the occupied territories, on the creation of an anti-corruption court, on prevention of political corruption, i.e. elections on a proportional basis with open lists.