The Ukrainian Minister said about the impossibility of payment of pensions in the Donbass

While Oksana Kolyada blamed for non-payment of pensions by the authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk national republics.

Украинский министр заявила о невозможности выплаты пенсий в Донбассе

KIEV, October 30. /TASS/. The Ukrainian authorities are currently unable to pay pensions beyond their control on the territories of Donbass. This was stated on Wednesday the Minister of veterans Affairs and uncontrolled territories of Ukraine Oksana Kolyada, reports the Ukrainian edition “Censor.no” (publication banned in Russia).Carol said, speaking at the Forum of the unity in Mariupol that Kiev authorities do not have branches of the Pension Fund, the social security authorities on the uncontrolled territories and are therefore unable to conduct legitimate business activities. The Ukrainian Minister blamed the non-payment of pensions by the authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk national republics.

At the same time, the Minister said that the Ukrainian authorities are working to simplify the transition line crossing from the uncontrolled areas to simplify the lives of older people and disabled people who regularly have to cross it to receive pensions and allowances on the territory controlled by Kiev.

A week ago, Parliament Commissioner for human rights, Lyudmila Denisova said that the arrears of pensions to residents from uncontrolled territories in Donbas, as well as immigrants-retirees is not less than 41.7 billion hryvnia ($1.67 billion at current exchange rates).The payment of pensions and social benefits to residents beyond the control of Kiev territories of Donbass was stopped by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 7 November 2014. The paper noted that payments should be restored after the return of the regions under the control of Ukrainian authorities. In October 2015 the first chamber of the Supreme administrative court of Ukraine issued a decision on the payment of pensions, salaries and social benefits for those living on the uncontrolled territories (DND and LNR). At the same time, the Ministry of social policy of Ukraine said that Kiev would not cooperate with the LC and the DNI in the payment of pensions.

In June 2016 Kiev further tightened the procedure for obtaining pensions to residents of Donbass. In particular, for processing payments, in addition to the mandatory crossing of the demarcation line every two months, you must provide the Ukrainian side an extensive list of certificates and documents, including a certificate of the immigrant. It can be obtained only when making a new registration by place of stay on the territory of Ukraine.

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