The World Bank says that it is impossible to avoid a rise in tariffs for energy resources in Ukraine, and, despite last year, the tariffs should be doubled at one stage, rather than be increased gradually, World Bank senior economist Pablo Saavedra said at a press conference on Tuesday, according to UKRINFORM.

He said that since 2006, there had been no significant rise in tariffs for gas, heating and electricity in Ukraine. Since then, the country faced a significant financial pressure on the energy sector, and a gradual rise in tariffs will not currently resolve the problem, Saavedra said.

He said that in 2009, the World Bank had proposed that Ukraine gradually increase tariffs for energy resources, but in 2010, according to the bank's experts, the country requires a one-time significant increase in tariffs.

Ukrainian Vice Premier Serhiy Tihipko said earlier that the Cabinet of Ministers would be obliged to increase prices for gas and utility services. "But I can say that we'll [increase tariffs for energy resources] mainly for the rich and those who can do this. We'll do everything to ensure that the poor are not affected," he said.

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