The numbers were announced by one of the opposition leadersOleksandra Kuzhel during a meeting with Kharkov businessmen.
The politician noted that in July the budget deficit constituted 18billion UAH (2.25 billion USD). "At that they tell us that theyincreased the budget by 154 billion. Can you imagine the amountsthey are stealing if they cannot even the numbers out. They can'thelp it... These Hyundais, these kickbacks for the roads, forexample Kharkov-Kiev highway - you could build new roads all overEurope (for these funds)," noted Kuzhel saying that the cost ofbuilding 1 km (1.6 mile) of the road is 3-9 times more expensivethan in Europe.
"We bought the medicine against tuberculosis - Europe startedshouting two days after the tender - at the price 3 times higherthan in Europe. The minimum pension, salary in Ukraine is 1,100hryvnias (137.5 USD) a month and the President's day costs 4million (500 thousand USD)," pointed Kuzhel.
According to Kuzhel, if the opposition does not receive a majorityin Verkhovna Rada the situation will turn even worse.
"When somebody talks about 2015 I say it does not matter. Therewill be nothing, we will worry about different things, we'll bebringing pogeys to prison... This banditism is spreading at suchspeed that we cannot stop it. But we shall not be afraid of them -if you only knw how they are afraid of us. We have to win: mobilizeall your friends, relatives, neighbors," said Kuzhel.
At the press conference she also introduced a plurality districtcandidate fron the opposition Oleksandr Kirsh.
Talking about him Kuzhel noted that she has known him for over 10years and they have argued a lot with him but it was always adebate regarding ways to make people's lives better.
She pointed out that the parliament needs Kirsh much more thanKirsh needs the parliament.
"Oleksandr Kirsh can be a good deputy, he can write a bill thatwill represent the interests of the state, business and consumers.If he does not become a deputy - it will be a bad bill that willharm consumers or destroy businesses or rob the state. Sasha (shortfor Oleksandr) always had his own position - he always stood hisground but, same as me, he can admit his mistakes. The only personwho does not make mistakes is the one who does nothing," notedKuzhel.
In his turn Oleksanr Kirsh noted: "If we have someone likeKuzhel on our side of the barricade it means that we are on theright side. When things like this are happening in the country, itis unfair to promise to fix the toilets and roofs, Verkhovna Radawill not do that. We can start from every puddle or we can dealwith it from the top: gather the parliament that will impeach thePresident and the whole pyramid of the regime will come tumblingdown. Then we will have a new mayor despite the fact that this one(Party of Regions Hennadii Kernes) was allegedly elected by thepeople. Then all the puddles will dry up by themselves if weresolve all the matters from the top and not each one separatelyfrom the bottom."