This was stated by President Petro Poroshenko during the first session of the Constitutional Commission in Kyiv, Censor.NET reports.
"Ukraine will remain unitary state. Not because we up here will decide so, but because we regularly study the public opinion," he said, referring to the draft amendments to the Constitution to be discussed by the Commission.
Poroshenko added that decentralization as an important item of this reform will not affect areas such as national defense, fighting corruption, border protection, and territorial integrity of the state.
"In some ways, the powers of the central government will even be strengthened," the president said.
At the same time, Poroshenko said that the change of the structure in the direction of federalization is possible through a referendum.
"If someone is striving for federalization, the only way is [through] a referendum. If you want it," the head of state said.
According to the March survey of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, only 18.6% of respondents would agree to the federalization of Ukraine in exchange for the cessation of hostilities in the Donbas.