"After almost three years as head of the National Bank, I decided to withdraw from this post and the central bank," she said.
Hontareva said she had tendered a formal resignation letter to the president of Ukraine with a request to discharge her of her own volition from May 10 of this year, and, as she promised, she announced this one month prior to the date.
She stressed no other changes in the composition of the National Bank board were envisaged the near future.
She added the policy of the central bank will stay unchanged, including the floating exchange rate, inflation targeting and use of up-to-date practices.
"Everything that I and my entire team, which is here today, have fought for for so long," said Hontareva.
She noted that for the first time in the history of Ukraine the resignation of central bank's head is not politically charged and expressed hope that her successor will also be politically independent.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appointed Valeriia Hontareva to the post of head of the NBU on June 19, 2014. Her candidacy was supported by 349 lawmakers. She succeeded Stepan Kubiv in this post.