Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova has presented Humanitarian program for the reunification of the Donbass people

21 February 2017
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Today, on February 21, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPR N.Nikonorova and the Acting First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the LPR A.Drobot have presented a humanitarian program for the reunification of the Donbass people.

On February 17 the Heads of the DPR and LPR made the joint statement on the beginning of the program on provision of humanitarian aid to occupied by Ukraine Donbass, its main purpose is to support and help socially vulnerable residents.

The main areas of the humanitarian program are: rendering services in the medical and education spheres, secondly, payments to veterans and, thirdly, assistance to disunited families. In addition, the program includes cultural, educational, sporting events involving residents on both sides of the contact line and the environmental issues, monitoring of the enterprises’ and infrastructure’s safety.

Now the residents of Donetsk and Lugansk regions are actively interested in the humanitarian program. Immediately after the official start of the humanitarian program by the Heads of the Republics, we began to get a lot of calls and messages. Today we are going to tell about the part of this program, which includes support for veterans of the Great Patriotic War, medical and educational services and the way of benefit from these services.

Heads of the Republics have decided to pay 10 000 rubles each veteran of the Great Patriotic War, taking direct part in hostilities during the period from 22.06.1941 to 09.05.1945, regardless of the contact line side. If desired, this payment is available in UAH. To receive the payments, veterans should to address in March 2017 to the departments of the State Enterprise "Donbass Post" in Donetsk and Lugansk, and from April 1, 2017 to the specially created centers of administrative services in the DPR and LPR, which will be located next to the four checkpoints. To receive the payments, veterans of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, should have only two documents - passport and a veteran certificate of the Great Patriotic War. Also, the payment can be received by the veterans families with notary executed a power of attorney.

Donetsk and Lugansk were always visited by a lot of to be treated people from around Donbass. We still have the best Donbass medical institutions. Due to the acute shortage of qualified medical assistance in Donetsk and Lugansk regions, we are ready to provide all Donetsk residents with free medical assistance in several areas. Donetsk Clinical Territorial Medical Association and the Institute of Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery named after V.Husak treat the patients with diseases of the cardiovascular system, where operations are performed on heart surgery and manipulation of the vessels. Endoprosthesis services of large hips will be available in the Donetsk republican trauma center. Donetsk republican oncology center named after Prof. G.V.Bondar and Lugansk republican oncology center hospitalize the patients (adults and children), the treatment of which requires a non-standard treatment tactics and performing surgical procedures. Moreover, in 2017, our hospitals will be re-equipped with the modern equipment. In Donetsk republican center of motherhood and childhood protection and Lugansk perinatal center will provide services for childbirth. All these and many other services will be provided free of charge.

More than thirty DPR and LPR educational institutions are ready to accept applicants, who will be able to study absolutely free in budgetary departments to on all available specialties. Students will get the places in the dormitories of our educational institutions. Upon completion of training all graduates will be assisted in finding employment on their specialty.

Part of the financial support of the program will be carried out through a specially created
off-budget funds. The funds will be aimed to help to the citizens in most need.

For the convenience of the inhabitants of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which are under Ukrainian control, there are created special centers of social assistance and administrative services, they will be located in the territory of the DPR and LPR, in the areas of four control entry and exit checkpoints to a safe distance from the contact line. The centers will work on the principle of "one window": the inhabitants of Donetsk and Lugansk region will be able to receive consultation, make an appointment to see a doctor, ask for help and to know the details of the program. In addition, to simplify the application process and receive distanced consultations, "hot line" and the website are created. Full range of services is published on the website, and more information is available by phone:

for residents of the Donetsk region:

+380638699888, +380665848548;

for residents of Lugansk region:

+380642 931001, 380993809670.

We sincerely want to help our brothers and sisters, to support those people, who feel a lack of adequate support in the territory of Ukraine, to avoid breaking the ties between single people. Donbass is experiencing hard times now. But no matter how difficult it will be, our main goal is to restore the unity and solidarity of the Donbass people.