Batkivshchyna faction leader Yulia Tymoshenko says early parliamentary elections should be held given the failure of current socioeconomic policies.
“Those politicians who haven’t lost their honor, conscience and responsibility to the people and country have an obligation to initiate snap parliamentary elections,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on the program “Podrobytsi Tyzhnia” on the Inter channel.
She pointed to increasing social tensions over the drop in living standards under the current government. She said that if the government doesn’t agree to hold early parliamentary elections, “by autumn the people’s patience will run out and the entire government may be ‘carried out’ in such a way that they will long remember the consequences of their unacceptable and humiliating policies.”
Responding to the host’s question, Yulia Tymoshenko said she consider the government’s policies unacceptable because they have resulted in a sharp increase in prices for utilities and essential goods and frozen social welfare benefits.
“Every Ukrainian family is desperate. People have to chose between buying food and medicine or paying absolutely excessive prices for gas, heat, water and electricity. They have been driven into a corner. Today most families in Ukraine earn less than their total utility bills,” she said.
According to the Batkivshchyna faction leader, the government has frozen pensions and wages and there is a sense of unfairness in the way pensions are calculated.
“People that worked for 40 years are getting the same minimal pensions as those who almost never worked in their lives,” the politician said, adding that education and healthcare are in dire condition due to the lack of state funding.
The Batkivshchyna faction also expressed outrage that under these circumstances the Verkhovna Rada took a summer recess without voting for the Batkivshchyna faction’s bill to continue the work of parliament.
“Our team submitted a draft resolution for parliament to not go on vacation but instead continue working and consider bills to lower utility tariffs, increase pensions and wages, allocate funds for sick children, Chornobyl liquidators and Afghan War veterans, pay educators, healthcare workers and scientists a salary they can live on. But our resolution was not even put on the agenda for consideration,” she said.
Yulia Tymoshenko also stressed that there are a number of urgent bills in parliament submitted by Batkivshchyna that if passed would improve the socioeconomic welfare of Ukrainians.