This year the authorities did not stop the war in Ukraine, the social and humanitarian situation worsened, and the collapse of democracy took place. Because of this, as the MP from the Opposition bloc Serhiy Lovochkin stated in the corridors of the Verkhovna Rada, 2017 became the year of disappointment. The MP called factors that would allow Ukraine to get out of the system crisis.

“To my great regret, I would call this year a year of disappointments. The war is continuing in the country. It must be stopped – this is the main issue that should be resolved. So far, nothing has changed. I believe that the work of the power as a whole – the president, the government, the parliament – is not enough. If Ukraine made more efforts, then, of course, we would be closer to peace,” Serhiy Lovochkin said.

The MP also stressed that life in Ukraine is becoming more complicated: the social and humanitarian situation is deteriorating, real incomes are decreasing, and social support for citizens is declining.

“This leads to the fact that many people emigrate from Ukraine. Doctors, representatives of the working professions find better conditions for themselves and simply leave the country. Namely, these people actually create GDP, on the growth of which depends the overall growth of the economy and the number of jobs. This is the second huge disappointment,” he said.

The third problem, according to Serhiy Lovochkin, is the curtailment of democracy in Ukraine.

“We all acutely feel censorship by the authorities, pressure on the media, pressure on the opposition,” the deputy noted.

He added that the law on the opposition has not been adopted yet; it has not got the functions of controlling the power. In addition, according to the politician, political repression continues.

“Unfortunately, these three positions give me every reason to say that this year was a year of losses and disappointments. However, at the same time I hope that 2018 will be the best. We will emerge from a systemic crisis, despair, and, most importantly, we can achieve peace in Ukraine,” Serhiy Lovochkin emphasized.

The MP is convinced that for this there are all the prerequisites.

“We need only a team of independent effective managers who are able to manage the economy, and not just follow the recommendations of the IMF; statesmen who want peace not war, are necessary,” he said.