Poroshenko: Ukraine to remain a unitary state
Ukraine will remain a unitary state, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday, adding that public support for a unitary model of Ukraine’s governance was now very strong.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, the president made the statement at the first meeting of Ukraine’s Constitutional Commission.
"Decentralization has nothing to do with federalization. Ukraine has always been and, I am sure, will remain a unitary state. And it is not because we, on the top, have decided so, but because we regularly study public opinion. And I assure you that over the past year public support of the unitary model of Ukraine’s governance is very strong - approaching 90%," Poroshenko said at the meeting.
At the same time, the president said he was ready to hold a referendum on the state system of Ukraine.
"For those who really want to instigate a debate on federalization, we have the ultimate tool - a referendum. And I'm ready to hold a referendum on the state system of Ukraine, if you consider it necessary" Poroshenko said.