Ukraine's draft state budget for 2010 envisages the funds to increase salaries and pensions, said Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
"I promised to raise pensions and salaries - we have included this into the budget. This will be accomplished. As for the rest – we have to tighten our belts a bit, and have some patience. The economy has already started to grow, and it will be gradually growing. We will sort out the mess in the economy and in life ... and everything will be fine," he said in an interview to reporters in Kyiv region Saturday.
The life will be improving gradually, not right away, the president said.