Ukraine Parliament passes wartime budget - Stefanchuk

Ukraine Parliament passes wartime budget - Stefanchuk

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, said that the parliament adopted the wartime state budget, in which the lion's share of expenditures is allocated for defense.

The Speaker said this on the air of the national telethon, Ukrinform reports.

"We are aware that this is a great responsibility, which is primarily related to war. And the budget that’s been adopted is a wartime budget. But we really want, and everyone is determined to do so, that in the near future this will become the budget of Ukraine’s victory and development. But in this budget, we laid down all the necessary needs that relate to funding the Armed Forces of Ukraine, restoration of the territories liberated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces," Stefanchuk said.

In addition, according to the Parliament head, the approved budget includes expenses related to the support of the economy and social security.

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"The lion’s share of the budget is the issue of defense, it is about providing for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, it is about our future victory. If we gain such a long-awaited victory, I am sure that the budget will be revised. And this will be more about Ukraine's development budget. Questions will be raised about the restoration of Ukraine, fundraising, investments in Ukraine’s economy, issues related to the improvement of social security of Ukrainians, and those related to the reintegration of temporarily occupied territories, so I think that these are articles where budget funds will be redistributed," said the head of the Verkhovna Rada.

At the same time, he emphasized that "so far, this is a budget that focuses its lion's share on the issue of our joint victory."

As Ukrinform reported, on November 3, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law "On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2023" at second reading and in general.

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