Tymoshenko demands Poroshenko stop growth in gas prices for households
Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the Batkivschyna party, has called on President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to reverse the government's decision on increasing natural gas prices for households by 23.5% starting November 1, 2018.
"An extraordinary thing has just happened. President Poroshenko ordered minutes ago that the price for gas be raised by 23.5%. This means by nearly a quarter more. And Poroshenko's decision has been fulfilled. This means that the price for gas and heating tariffs will be 23.5% higher in the new heating season," Tymoshenko said in a statement published on the Batkivschyna party's website.
For an absolute majority of people in the country, this price hike comes as "a real shock" and "a disaster that will push Ukrainians into a poverty niche," she said.
"Why has it happened that the prices for gas, and therefore the heating tariffs, have been raised? Because Poroshenko's corrupt entourage has already taken the best mineral fields in Ukraine. And in the seven months that are left before the end of their governance, they want to put billions on their offshore accounts by extracting gas from our own Ukrainian fields," Tymoshenko said.
She insisted that this cannot be allowed.
Tymoshenko also addressed Verkhovna Rada speaker Andriy Parubiy and the parliamentarians to immediately convene an extraordinary parliamentary session to consider the matter.
"If the deputies and all political forces do not react to this and pretend that nothing happens, most of the families will simply be unable to survive this winter," she said.
This time around, this spontaneous increase of the gas price has gone beyond all limits, "and everyone involved in the criminal groundless increase in the tariffs for gas and heating will be held accountable under the Criminal Code," she said.
Tymoshenko also demanded that the president of Ukraine stop "this genocide of the Ukrainian people."
"I also want to say that, when this administration led by the president is removed through democratic elections in seven months, I guarantee you that the tariffs for gas and heating will be cut at least by half. Or possibly even by 60%," Tymoshenko said.