Ihor Vitaliiovych Kononenko: An interview with Ihor Kononenko. This is quite a long interview so will post it in a number of parts. This is part 2
A number of things I’ve been working on that I wanted to let you know about.
Firstly I have a new website — http://igor-kononenko.com/
Secondly, I have a new Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/ihorkononenko1
This page is in English so people looking for information about me in English can do so here.
I also have a YouTube Channel — https://www.youtube.com/channel/ihorkononenko
You were telling us about your family. Please continue
We have a dog and a cat. They, alas, haven’t make friends yet and chase each other. I was opposed to having a cat but my wife presented me with a fact. She said: you are not at home in the evenings often, so at least it is more fun with a cat … But very quickly the cat became a pet for the whole family.
The cat’s name is Bucks, the dog’s name is Gosha. She is a very rare breed, the Rhodesian Ridgeback (a breed related to hounds). It is also called “lion dog”, quite large, bright red color. …
Part 2 of our interview with Ihor Kononenko. You can read Part I here.
Ihor, how would you sum up the results of the presidency of Petro Poroshenko? You have already mentioned successful decentralization. What else?
It was decentralization that became the basic reform. And in Ukraine it is progressing faster than in Poland, which has followed the same path of reforms. In Poland decentralization lasted over 10 years. Ukraine, however, has shown excellent results in only 4 years, and if we do not slow down, then the next local elections in 2020 will be held on a new territorial basis. …
Ihor Kononenko, Petro Poroshenko’s presidential campaign was lost. Why has this happened? Why did the thesis “Army, language, faith” turn out to be relevant only for Lviv region, diaspora and Antarctica?
Yes, Ukraine will spend the next five years with the new president. I want to emphasize that for the first time in the history of Ukraine the current president has already congratulated and acknowledged the victory of his opponent. This is a worldwide practice but we have it for the first time. Moreover, all international observers and European leaders stressed that the presidential elections in Ukraine were held without violations. According to their words, Ukraine can even become an example for Europe in this case. …