“We have lost a quarter of the Ukrainian economy. Because of the war…hundreds of companies have been closed, but we were able to collect more taxes than last year,” Yatsenyuk said during a meeting with governors on the fulfillment of local budgets.
The standoff in the east has had a direct impact on the Ukrainian economy and the country’s national currency plummeted as the economy faced a looming default.
In March, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a four-year $17.5-billion financial aid program for Ukraine. In exchange for loans keeping to keep its economy afloat, Kiev committed to implementing deep political, social and financial reforms to restore growth and improve living standards for the Ukrainian people.
“The will of the people, expressed through a referendum, should define Ukraine’s new constitution,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk added.
Yatsenyuk claimed that the new constitution would give the Ukrainian regions more powers, and would introduce a European legal system.
Earlier in March, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to set up a commission to amend the country’s constitution.