"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.
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.
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.