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 President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatseniuk, and Rada must come together behind government and reform program, - Nuland

President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatseniuk, and the Rada must come together behind a government and reform program that delivers what the Maidan demanded: clean leadership; justice; an end to zero-sum politics and backroom deals; and public institutions that serve Ukraine’s citizens rather than impoverishing or exploiting them.

This was announced by Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland in her statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, DC on March 15, 2016, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the Committee.

"It is precisely because Ukrainians have worked so hard, and come so far already, that their leaders must stay united and stay the course now. And it is because the reforms already taken are cutting into ill - gotten fortunes and cutting off avenues for corruption that the forces of revanche are fighting back," Nuland said.

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Nuland stressed there was some 'good news' from Ukraine.

"Since I last testified before this Committee six months ago, Ukraine has largely stabilized its currency and is rebuilding its reserves; seen some modest growth in the economy; passed its first winter without relying on gas from Gazprom; approved a 2016 budget in line with IMF requirements; passed civil service reform to create competition and transparency; recruited a new corporate board for Naftohaz; broke its own record for greatest wheat exports; stood up an independent Anti-Corruption Bureau and Special Prosecutor; and, begun to decentralize power and budget authority to local communities to improve services and policing for citizens," she stressed.

"But first, Ukraine, President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, and the Rada must come together behind a government and reform program that delivers what the Maidan demanded: clean leadership; justice; an end to zero-sum politics and backroom deals; and public institutions that serve Ukraine's citizens rather than impoverishing or exploiting them," Nuland said.
 
 
 
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