"Ukraine's government is not controlled by oligarchs": Yatseniuk and Saakashvili debated on reforms


Prime Minister of Ukraine Arsenii Yatseniuk denied accusations of the Head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili stating that the current Ukrainian government is controlled by oligarchs.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax, Yatseniuk announced this at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday, Sept. 4.

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"I would like to appeal to the Head of the Odesa Regional State Administration: I understand all the emotions, I understand how difficult it is for him. It is difficult for everyone, in fact. We are all as one, and that is why emotions, unfounded accusations are playing into the hands of those against reforms and real changes in Ukraine. All the more it does not befit the former president to resort to false accusations. But I am his first ally," the prime minister said.

At the same time Yatseniuk stressed he appreciated Saakashvili's position on customs, "but everything should be within the law, after the investigation."

Speaking about prospects of cooperation with the Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration, Yatseniuk said that the two officials bear responsibility commensurate with their offices.

"Mikheil has to work, and he will work. I do not react to any personal attacks. We are talking neither of personalities, nor of emotions. It is a question of responsibility for the fate of the country, of my responsibility before Ukraine, of Mikheil's responsibility before Odesites, and here we're united," Yatseniuk said.

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As previously reported by media, Saakashvili said on air of Channel 5 that the Ukrainian government was controlled by oligarchs. He claimed that the prime minister had refused to consider a report on the cost of air travel and activities of State Aviation Service Head Denys Antoniuk, who was dismissed after a scandal but then returned to his post.

He also said that Ukraine had no officials with a sense of dignity, giving an example of customs, where officials "are forced to control and direct goods flows in somebody's favor."

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"All decisions are sabotaged in and outside the government," he said.

At the same time, Saakashvili said his categorical "No" when asked about his readiness to take the office of prime minister instead of Yatseniuk.

"I'm not going to become prime minister of Ukraine. But I want the prime minister to act in the interests of the Ukrainian people, and not Kolomoiskyi, or Akhmetov, or anyone else," the governor said.

As reported, the Cabinet of Ministers supported Antoniuk's dismissal today.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n350547