UAH 50 million, which were allocated to residents of Donbas turned out to be a PR-step of the Cabinet – “Restoring Donbas”
10:01 / 05 Feb. 2016 / 243
A decree 11/11/2015 №1156-p of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has allocated UAH 49 million 487 thousand for providing assistance to people, who live in ATO area in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. On January 13, 2016 the Cabinet of Ministers canceled it. Thus, the first positive step towards the citizens of Ukraine, who live in ATO zone, which was made by the government, turned out to be nothing more than a creative PR-step.
Elena Petryayeva – the head of community initiative – stated: “There is nothing surprising in this situation. If the government wants to make a nice step, but does not want to pay for it, the money is allocated by the end of the year. Administrations do not have time to learn it and then they return it to the budget”.
At the same time, money, which was allocated to the accounts of Donetsk and Luhansk regional administrations, should have been used via health care institutions, nursing homes for the elderly people and disabled people, children’s institutions, homeless citizens, the territorial social service centers, which are located on the uncontrolled territories. In particular, it comes about those Ukrainian citizens, who are the most vulnerable in social terms.
According to the lawyers of the initiative, the regional administrations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions could use these funds for other purposes, but apparently, they had not such desire. Despite the fact that the direct financial transfer to the uncontrolled territory is prohibited, it was possible to arrange the purchase of necessary medical supplies, medicines, and to solve the problem of its delivery to the destination in future (up to appeal to relevant international humanitarian organizations).
At the same time, international organizations and partner countries will provide Ukraine with EUR 1.3 billion. It was stated in the report of the Cabinet of Ministers in 2015, which was posted on the Verkhovna Rada website. In addition, these funds were targeted at the support of Ukrainian citizens, who live on the uncontrolled territories. Apparently international structures are more concerned on the problems of Donbas residents than Ukrainian government.
Let us recall that community initiative Restoring Donbas “has repeatedly advocated for the abolition of existing restrictions on the transportation of medicines and health products across the demarcation line. The statement was sent to the Security Service of Ukraine and Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.