The Opposition Bloc is strictly against the situation when the parties in power, the parties people don’t really trust, are imposing heroes and history onto Ukrainian citizens. Oleksandr Dolzhenkov, the MP from the Opposition Bloc, made this statement in the parliament on February 26 while commenting on the draft law #6372 on amending the number of the laws of Ukraine about military ranks.
The MP challenged the urgency of changing military ranks both from the standpoint of common citizens and from the standpoint of soldiers and officers. Oleksandr Dolzhenkov is convinced that quality goods and weapons are the things most valued in the army. While Ukrainian citizens, he added, value their trust in the strong army that is capable of protecting them. «Can we really have a strong army if we are unable to eradicate corruption? All we see now are the never-ending fright between former and current members of European Ukraine coalition. They keep on fighting each other to increase their popularity with the citizens of Ukraine before the presidential election » , - the MP stated.
The opposition politician was appalled by the fact that instead of keeping their promises about building a strong state the government was yet again trying to distract people, trying to pressent some monkey business of military ranks changing instead of real achievements.
Oleksandr Dolzhenkov pointed that the government promised to transform Ukraine into a strong European state but has only managed to turn it into Europe’s poorest country. «Ukrainian economy used to rank decently among other European countries. But now the price for gas is exorbitant and it is going to raise further up to 12-13 thousand hryvnyas per 1000 cubic meters », - the oppositional politician accented.
He also stressed that the proposed military ranks have absolutely nothing to do with the history of our country. The oppositional MP encouraged to embrace that part of the soviet past which made an integral part of the national identity. «For instance, they have Stalingrad street in Brussels though one cannot find the city called Stalingrad any longer. But Europeans, much unlike us, don’t attempt ruining everything first in order to build something new later. They do take the historical truth into account and don’t try erasing it from the minds of their citizens », - the MP concluded.
Oleksandr Dolzhenkov stated the the Opposition Bloc is strictly against the situation when the parties in power, the parties people don’t really trust, are imposing heroes and history onto Ukrainians.