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 "Those who say all is lost, take Validol, everything will be fine," - Hroisman

Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman has urged politicians not to sow panic and trade on the question of raised utility tariffs.

He said it during traditional Friday's Question Hour for the government in the Verkhovna Rada, commenting on the issue of subsidies, Censor.NET reports.

"I want to emphasize that we have to engage in a real business and not to make life a nightmare for people. This nightmare, when they tell people all is lost, is going on for many months now. And I believe that we must protect those in need of protection and slap on the wrist of those who earned billions trading Ukraine's gas. I will not support corruption in the oil and gas sector, and no one will force me to do that. And this is a fundamental, important issue," Hroisman said to the applause of Cabinet colleagues and some Poroshenko bloc's MPs.

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Hroisman stressed that actions speak louder than words: "I want to once again point out that all those who say all is lost, I want to disappoint them, take Validol [an sedative -ed.], nothing is lost, everything will be fine and the situation will be absolutely stable in the country."

According to the premier, Ukraine has improved its credit rating, escaped the near-default state, and reached a 1.8 percent GDP growth in Q3, 2016.

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Hroisman reminded the pensions will increase by 10 percent from Dec. 1, 2016.

"It's not enough, but we are making a step forward, not backward. We are raising the minimum wage twice. Every working citizen will receive not less than 3,200 hryvnia ($120)... And those who talk, let them stand in front of a mirror and squeal, scaring themselves," he concluded.
 
 
 
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