Self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) demands from Kyiv to recover the funding of pensions for those retired, who stay in the occupied territories of Donetsk region, Ria.ru. Earlier, around 6 thousand lawsuits were filed in Ukrainian courts, but they were rejected. DPR lawyers suppose that it opens the possibility of complying to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
In November 2014, President Poroshenko signed an order to close all the state institutions and banks on the territory of Donbas, uncontrolled by the Ukrainian government. National Bank of Ukraine ordered banks to suspend financial transactions in places which are not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities on 7 August 2014. Due to the severe hostilities, people stopped obtaining their pensions since summer 2014. Only the Oschadbank continued to function in territories controlled by the DPR, but it also closed its branches there on 1 December 2014. Ukrainian government beleived that the armed conflict in Donbas would not take long. Ukrainian troops had been releasing one town after another, and payments of salaries and pensions, accordingly, resumed.
Tens of thousands of pensioners have registered their addresses as being in Ukrainian-controlled areas while still living in militant-controlled areas. They were forced to travel outside of the occypied areas to collect their pensions.