President Volodymyr Zelenskiy responded to the petition to reduce the salaries of MPs and officials to the minimum wage and direct the saved funds to the army. The response is posted on the website of the President.
Zelenskiy noted that ensuring the needs of the army and social protection of the population will always remain a constant priority of the state. At the same time, Ukraine is a state governed by the rule of law and according to the law, the salaries of people's deputies are determined by the Verkhovna Rada.
The President instructed the Prime Minister Denis Shmygal and the Head of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk to work on the issues raised in the petition.
After the petition appeared, unaffiliated MP Anton Yatsenko registered in the Rada a bill to reduce the salaries of MPs to the minimum wage and deprive them of allowances for the duration of martial law.
People's deputies and experts call such an initiative populist. According to them, Yatsenko is trying to make PR on the plight of Ukrainians. In addition, some of Yatsenko's colleagues point out that his deputy salary is probably not very important for him, because he managed to profit from his corruption schemes. Analysts of Chesno movement note that Yatsenko spent more on his Facebook ads than he earned as an MP.
According to OPORA, from the beginning of the full-scale invasion until July 5, Yatsenko did not register any bills, either as an author or co-author. Therefore, the bill on MPs' salaries is probably his first legislative initiative since the start of the full-scale war.