Reviewing the Last Five Years of Parliament
Next week will be the last session of parliament before the parliamentary elections. Chief of Parliament Andriy Parubiy spoke with reporters about the past five years
Parubiy said he recalled how a pro-European coalition was being created for fast decision-making as the Russian aggression was starting. Then the newly elected parliament was not in full strength since instead of 450 MPs, only 423 were elected. Part of the election districts were located in the occupied Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions controlled by Russian proxies.
“Only the U.S. has transferred weapons to us and other equipment for the total cost of $2.5 billion. That includes radars, anti-sniper systems, modern communications systems, and well known anti-tank ‘Javelin’ missile systems. I, as a chairman of the Parliament, had held negotiations with U.S. officials for several years about ‘Javelins’,” Parubiy said.
The Verkhovna Rada made amendments to the Constitution.
It defined the vector of Ukraine’s foreign policy as a movement towards the European Union and NATO. It also accepted a number of important reforms: judicial, educational and medical. Despite almost 2,000 amendments, the parliament solidified the status of the Ukrainian language as the only state language. At the same time, the Ukrainian Parliament worked to counteract a Russian propaganda war.
“Because of the laws passed by the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine managed to implement the mechanisms of counteracting Russian informational aggression. Russian TV channels broadcasting, spreading chauvinism and breaching Ukrainian laws were forbidden. We also limited the imports of books that contain propaganda and ideology from Russia. The Ukrainian information sphere was expanded. The Verkhovna Rada has gradually increased the percentage of the Ukrainian language on radio and TV,” Parubiy said.
Parubiy also answered the journalists’ questions for nearly two hours. After, he took those interested on a tour to his personal office. He said he prepared a surprise to the future parliament chairpeople so that they would pass decisions important for the whole country. In the office he installed paintings of great Ukrainian dukes and hetmans.
“Volodymyr the Great was the one who brought Christianity to Ukraine,” Parubiy said, indicating a painting, before moving on to another. “Yaroslav the Wise, he wrote Rus Justice — the laws on which the common law and the future laws that were adopted in Ukraine were based. This is King Danylo Halytsky. From the Cossack times — here is Bohdan Khmelnytsky of course. A very challenging look of a warrior. If you stand in different points in this office — pictures look different. When you sit at the table — Ivan Mazepa looks you straight in the eyes.”
One week left till the end of the cadence of this Parliament. Next week will be the last session before the parliamentary elections.