Ombudsman recorded the glaring poorness of life of soldiers defending Mariupol

Source : 112 Ukraine

The military servants do not want to be re-enlist due to the low level of ensurement
17:46, 17 November 2015

Representatives of the Ombudsman during their visit to the two strong points of the second line of defense, located in the adjacent areas of Mariupol, Donetsk region, where soldiers of the National Guard serve, identified a number of glaring deficiencies, it is reported on the Ombudsman’s website.

For example, one of the places of living was provided with bottled water just before the arrival of the monitoring group of the Ombudsman’s Secretariat. Prior to that, according to the military, cooking and sanitary issues were carried out with the help of industrial water, including from nearby reservoirs and water purchased at soldiers’ own expense.

The quality of food, especially vegetables, supplied to these strong points, was quite low.  Bread was carried out once a week, because of that the soldiers consumed stale bread. Therefore, soldiers were forced to buy more products in the nearest town at their own expense.

Winter clothing of the National Guard servants overwhelmingly has abandoned and worn look. Soldiers buy the individual garments by their own (rubber boots, warm underwear, and shoes).

As the result of the monitoring visit, respond relevant acts of Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights are to be prepared.

The press office of the Ombudsman reported that, although the facts of untimely payment of wages were not established, but because of the low level of it mobilized troops are not motivated to conclude contracts for further military service.

"The average size of all allowances and bonuses at military front line is 6,000-7,000 UAH, while a policeman, who serves as the regional center, receives  8,000-10,000 UAH", the report says.

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