Saturday, 16 November

A new Prime Minister has been elected, a government formed, and now all but two of the Cabinet chairs will be occupied by new people. We tell how the Groisman team summed up their work and said goodbye to the Ukrainians.

Ex-Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has now wished his successor strength, patience, and luck in his farewell letter and assured the Ukrainians that the new government will work with the country that is stable and developing. Groysman drew particular attention to decentralization, calling it perhaps the most important reform that cannot be forgotten. In addition, the Head of Government has promised to continue to look after Ukraine’s success and take on the role that will be required for the state to reach its full potential.

Acting Health Minister Ulyana Suprun gave some tips to new government officials. In particular, they should not be afraid to continue things that are already working but should make real changes to what is not working, always be a team and tell each other the truth.

Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan has promised not to criticize the new government and parliament for the first month, as he did not criticize Zelensky’s “first month of inactivity”. However, he will not prolong “a temporary moratorium on criticism” of the President.

In addition, Omelyan says he plans to start video blogging to tell the truth, presenting it with the same epithets that “servants” in Truskavets were rewarded with for blocking the hotel, roads, access to places of rest. “It’s fair: you (oppressed – editorial) us, and now we are (oppressing – ed.) you,” Omelyan promised.

Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin assured that in five years much has been done: we have been able to unite the democratic world in support of Ukraine and to make this world acknowledge our country and be open to us.

Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk admitted that during his time in office, he felt the pressure of responsibility and immense pride, great doubts and the taste of victory. However, the key thing is that according to the former government official, he succeeded to change the attitude of Ukrainians to culture and artists, to the role of culture in social development.

Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has assured that the last five years have been very difficult, both for the country and for him personally. He then appealed to all the soldiers and officers to do their utmost to keep the Armed Forces always in priority.

Iryna Friz, the Minister for Veterans Affairs, called her time in office one of the most important stages in her life that would happen without the trust of veterans and a team of conscientious people.

The head of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak told about the main directions of work and results of his department. In addition, the ex-official spoke about the Transition Book, which will be transmitted to the new leadership, containing detailed information on the ministry, its work, and proposals for priority, medium-term and strategic health goals.

Major achievements in the field of physical culture and sports were shared by Ihor Zhdanov, Minister of Youth and Sports. The former head of the department is convinced that he is leaving the post with a clear conscience and real, not virtual, results.

Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services Hennadiy Zubko called his team the best, expressing the hope that it would continue to change the country and make “our reforms”.

Minister of Education and Science Liliia Hrynevych is convinced that during the years of cadence it was possible to build a good foundation and start building a fundamentally new structure of education and science in our country.

Finance Minister Oksana Markarova assured that our country is entering a new political cycle today, and it should be years of success and acceleration of economic growth. Nevertheless, as well as Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Markarova remained in the new government.

Stepan Kubiv, the first deputy prime minister in the Groysman government, thanked his team but stressed that though a lot had been done, there was still a lot of work to be done on various barricades. One invariable part is Ukraine and its people, for which Kubiv promises to always work persistently and honestly.

Collected reactions and simply thanked Stepan the Goat

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