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11 July 2019, 17:09

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550 residents of Kiev-held areas in Lugansk region get humanitarian programme benefits

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LUGANSK, July 11 (Lugansk Media Centre) - More than 550 Lugansk region residents have received one-time payments since the beginning of this year, as part of the welfare programme for certain groups of the population living in Ukraine-controlled Donbass areas, the Lugansk People’s Republic Ministry of Labour and Social Policy reported.

The LPR began to make lumpsum payments under the aegis of the Donbass people reunification humanitarian programme on February 1, 2019, the Ministry said.

“As of July 11, 551 people had received financial aid under the Donbass people reunification humanitarian programme,” the Ministry said.

The recipients were 59 World War II veterans, 488 large families, two representative of the new group of recipients - widows/widowers who draw single parent benefits to support children, and are not entitled to loss-of-breadwinner pension or allowance, and two Russian language/literature teachers living in Ukraine-held areas of Donbass, who made a significant contribution to the promotion of Russian culture.

In 2019, humanitarian programme lumpsum payments amounting to 12,000 rubles are provided to large families having three or more children, World War II veterans and participants in the 1945 fighting with the Imperial Japan are entitled to 15,000 rubles, widows/widowers who have no regular child allowance receive 8,000 rubles and teachers who made a large contribution to promoting Russian language and culture get 12,000 rubles.

In addition, 18 disabled children from Kiev-held areas received rehabilitation services at the LPR’s Vozrozhdeniye Lugansk Social Rehabilitation centre for Disabled Children,” the Ministry said.

The programme will be implemented until December 25, 2019.

Earlier, Ministry officials said that as of March 7, 2019, nearly 500 Lugansk region residents had received one-time payments under the programme of support of certain groups of the population in Kiev-controlled parts of Donbass.

LPR Labour and Social Policy Minister Svetlana Malakhova said that more than 5,500 residents of the Republic and Ukraine-controlled areas of the Lugansk region received one-time humanitarian programme payments last year.

She also said that the LPR Council of Ministers had expanded the list of recipients entitled to benefits under the Donbass people reunification programme in 2019 and increased payments to certain groups of residents.

On February 17, 2017 the DPR and LPR Heads approved the programme of humanitarian assistance to residents living in the Kiev-controlled part of Donbass. The main goal of the programme is to support socially vulnerable groups in Kiev-held areas. It envisions financial and medical aid and education services.

The LPR Telecom and Mass Communications Ministry launched the humanitarian programme website.

LuganskMediaCentre — 11 July — Lugansk