Ukrainians, recently relesed from Donbas militants' captivity, don't receive promised compensation

Source : 112 Ukraine

The government promised to solve this issue next week
20:25, 24 February 2020

Prisoner swap, Dec. 29, 2019
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The citizens of Ukraine, released from the captivity of the militants, have been living without money for two months, the authorities still have not paid them the promised $4,000 of compensation, and also do not help them solve problems with their health, housing, and work. Journalist Yuriy Butusov wrote about this on his Facebook page.

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Two months ago, our prisoners were released, they were greeted with great fanfare. But now the President’s Office is completely indifferent to the fate of the liberated people, new informational issues have appeared, and meanwhile, the elementary problems of the heroes of Donbas, who sacrificed everything to bring Donbas back to Ukrainian control, are ignored," the message said.

According to Butusov, the President’s Office is completely indifferent to the fate of the liberated people, and this is due to the fact that new informational reasons have appeared.

Later, the Ministry of Veterans and Temporarily Occupied Territories announced that they would start paying the money next week.

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For almost two months, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been working almost every day with the released prisoners. An interagency commission will convene on Thursday to consider the applications and decide on the provision of material assistance. Starting next Monday, people will receive 100 thousand hryvnias of financial assistance in their bank accounts,”  the department reported.

As we reported before, during the negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, the Ukrainian side handed over an updated list of persons for the next prisoner swap. Darka Olifer, the spokesperson for second Ukrainian president and Ukraine's Trilateral Contact Group envoy Leonid Kuchma, wrote on her Facebook the Minsk meeting of the group on February 12.

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