A resolution on raising housing utility fees in Kyiv was passed in strict compliance with the legislation and approved by the Cabinet of Ministers' structures, Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky has said, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

"The Cabinet of Ministers' decision to suspend the new fees introduced by the executive body of Kyiv council is illegal and was prompted by the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine. The new fees in Kyiv are on the average three to four times lower than in other cities of Ukraine and are currently the lowest in the country," the Kyiv city state administration quoted Leonid Chernovetsky as saying on Friday.

According to the mayor, these fees were introduced for Kyiv residents to feel comfortable in winter, permanently get heat, gas and water notwithstanding the heavy economic and political crisis.

"The fees in Kyiv were passed in strict compliance with the legislation and approved by the Cabinet of Ministers' structures (in particularly the pricing inspection). None of Ukraine's officials of any rank can cancel them," the mayor said.

As reported, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers agreed at its Friday meeting to suspend a resolution on raising housing utility fees in Kyiv.

Shevchenkivsky district court of Kyiv earlier cancelled a resolution of the Kyiv City State Administration of April 29, 2009 on increasing housing utility fees. Kyiv City State Administration in turn has filed an appeal against Shevchenkivsky district court's ruling to suspend its resolution on increasing housing utility fees starting from June 1.

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