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Ukrainian Activists Protest Utility Price Hikes


Picketers in front of the government building in Kyiv on April 6 were demanding a halt to planned increases in utilities tariffs.

Picketers in front of the government building in Kyiv on April 6 were demanding a halt to planned increases in utilities tariffs.

KYIV -- About 100 Ukrainian activists have picketed the government building in Kyiv to protest its decision to increase utility fees by some 30 percent, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The protesters, from the national Svoboda movement, held signs reading "Boycott The Utilities Fees -- Our Only Way Out," "The Government Is a Puppet of the Oligarchs and the IMF," and "Where are the Better Living Standards?"

Police monitored the protest but did not intervene.

The Ukrainian government introduced a gradual increase in housing utilities last year to meet the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) conditions for allocating loans to Ukraine.

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