This was announced by Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
"Since independence, the rural population has decreased by 2.5 million people. It is a terrible figure for Ukraine. The number of Ukraine's rural settlements has dropped by 348, while the number of rural councils has increased by 1067. It looks like a Dutch concert," Hroisman said at an extraordinary session of the government, presenting a plan of priority steps of the Cabinet in Kyiv on Thursday.
He added: "This are the figures that indicate the lack of high-quality territorial basis which the state and local governments could use to provide quality services."
Hroisman also added that the government will continue to support the development of integrated territorial communities in Ukraine.