Before the extraordinary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, met with the leaders of parliamentary factions and deputy groups, the Office of the President reports.
Zelensky stressed the importance of the presence of all deputies at the extraordinary meeting, as Ukraine is facing great challenges and the Parliament must help overcome them.
“We do a lot to protect Ukrainians from coronavirus. But the issue is not just about masks and medicine. We need to protect the economy, adopt a number of initiatives to help businesses, employees of important enterprises, and socially vulnerable groups. I ask the deputies to come and vote for the proposed initiatives on Saturday [March 28 – ed.]. It is their responsibility to help Ukrainians in such difficult times,” the President said.
The head of state also discussed with parliamentarians the possible agenda and spoke in detail about initiatives to save the economy and support Ukraine.
He also informed of the measures taken by the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
However, Zelensky urges the people’s deputies to think about the adoption of important laws, adding that this is a joint struggle where they can only win together.
“This should be especially clear to the people’s deputies of Ukraine, who have no choice but to work today. If some of them forgot, I would recall the words of the parliamentary oath: “To fulfill my duties for the benefit of all countrymen,” Zelensky emphasized.
“When our Ukrainian doctors work almost without taking a rest, when thousands of soldiers are in the trenches, the deputy should be ashamed to say something about fear. There is only one fear you can have – to lose the trust of the Ukrainian people. I urge the people’s deputies to think about the adoption of important laws required by the Ukrainian economy, which will fill the budget with vital funds. The country does not stop, the country works. And you are no exception,” the head of state summed up.