Ukraine vows to root out corruption as it pleads for help

Ukraine pledged to stamp out corruption as it called Tuesday for assistance from donors to deal with "the very high price" it was paying to turn West away from Russia.

AFP| Last Updated: Jul 08, 2014, 16:25 PM IST

Kiev: Ukraine pledged to stamp out corruption as it called Tuesday for assistance from donors to deal with "the very high price" it was paying to turn West away from Russia.

"We as a new government need to address the problem of corruption that must be done away with. We need reform," deputy premier Volodymyr Groysman told an EU-sponsored meeting to coordinate international support for Kiev.

In his appeal for aid to diversify energy sources, battle corruption and develop the farm sector, Groysman said "the Ukrainian people have chosen definitively the European path but the price we are paying is very high".

"Donors` help will not be wasted," he said, referring to a conference he said would be held in the autumn.

The EU`s enlargement commissioner Stefan Fuele, who chaired the meeting, said Kiev must stick to plans for constitutional and judiciary reform, as well as economic and energy sector reforms, to benefit from further aid.

With an 11.1-billion-euro package already agreed, "any further financial support from the European Union will be linked to and dependent on ongoing reform efforts," Fuele said.

The IMF has also offered Ukraine a $17-billion (12.3-billion-euro) package of aid.

"The IMF funds have helped but are not enough," Groysman said as the country was facing "unprecedented aggression" both on the military and economic fronts.

Tuesday`s talks are aimed at coordinating international support ahead of the donors` conference.