Ukraine paid 'USD 2.3 billion in social benefits to internally displaced'
First deputy speaker says half of the sum was allocated for pensions
Ukraine’s First Deputy Speaker Iryna Gherashchenko is in Strasbourg discussing human rights issues with members from the Council of Europe.
Speaking about human rights issues in the war-torn eastern Ukraine, First Deputy Speaker stressed that pro-Russia militants stall on releasing captives and do not let the Red Cross search for missing people in Donbas. “That’s unacceptable”, she wrote.
“During these two years, the government paid internally displaced people over 2.3 billion USD dollars, more than half of that being retirement payments, and the other half being other kinds of social payments. However, we can’t pay those who stay in the occupied territories as there are no legitimate authoritative agencies. So, currently the Ukrainian side puts in efforts to exclude any possible abuse in this regard”, Gherashchenko wrote.
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