The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine will soon convene to tackle problems caused by last month’s severe drought in Ukraine, President Victor Yushchenko said on Tuesday during a short meeting with the leaders of the Mykolayiv region, according to the President`s press-office.

      The president pledged to help the regions hit by the drought when visiting the village of Dolynska (Kirovograd region) and Snigurivka (Mykolayiv region). “The state will not leave you face-to-face with these problems,” he said in a speech to farmers.

“We must together resolve this crisis and find a mechanism to help the affected farms.”

      Yushchenko said the cabinet of ministers had adopted a resolution on June 4 to minimize the negative impact of the drought and make sure Ukraine has enough grain in 2007, and promised to take other “effective measures.”