Poroshenko: 'Oligarchs who trying to pressurize government using rallies will be punished'
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said he would not put up with the attempts of oligarchs to destabilize situation in the country.
When speaking on the recent Kyiv rallies involving so-called 'coalminers' in an interview with Ukraine TV channel on Friday, the president warned oligarchs of possible punishment for attempts to put pressure on the government through fake rallies.
Poroshenko also said he instructed law enforcement agencies to bring to account those who undermine the situation in the country.
"I instructed law enforcement agencies to bring to account those, who today want to fulfill such scenario," the head of state said.
The president has admitted that the problems of miners are topical and the government should solve them, adding that the state budget had been amended to pay off the debt to the miners.
The President emphasizes that miners have the right to protest. "We were building a democratic state for this. But can we give such an opportunity to coons and 'titushky' that have nothing in common with miners? Numerous facts of money payment for the participation in rallies have already been recorded," the president said.
Under the government-designed program, the coalmines must be privatized, Poroshenko said.
"We must dramatically increase efficiency and significantly reduce corruption [in coal sector]. We must do everything to make the market transparent and demonopolized," the president said.