LUGANSK, September 10 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Milosediye (Compassion) social orgnisations has paid medical treatment benefits to 50 more residents of the Republic at a Lugansk post office, Miloserdiye chairman Yuriy Yurov told the Lugansk Media Centre.
“The Milosediye Commission met back in August. Another 50 persons have collected benefits today,” Yurov said.
“It is the first time we only make payments to LPR residents, because Ukraine shut down the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point without prior notice. I’m sure that residents of Kiev-held areas in the Lguansk region will be able to receive their payments; their applications for financial aid have been approved; they can collect it at a Lugansk post office,” the Milosediye chairman said. “I don’t think they have to travel to Lugansk for it; they can collect the money at the Stanitsa Luganskaya welfare centre.”
The Miloserdiye Commission will have the next meeting on Tuesday to review requests submitted in the beginning of this year.
“I want to make it clear: the Commission is currently reviewing the applications submitted in January 2018, i.e. we’ve stopped the review of 2017 applications. Those who sent their documents (in 2017) and did not receive aid (as a rule, they are the persons who sent documents by mail) are requested to contact Milosediye by phone or come in person to specify document requirements. “Also, they can deliver the missing documents to receive assistance this year,” Yurov said adding that if the applicants fail to settle document issues, they might reapply next year.
On Monday, Lugansk resident Tamara Trusova received Miloserdiye aid to pay for eye surgery.
“This payment is very important to me, I need eye surgery. I thank Miloserdiye and its psersonnel. I learnt about this organisation last summer; in August, my application was approved and in September they phoned me telling that I could collect the money,” Trusova said.
Another Lugansk resident, Olga Goncharova, receive money for diabetis treatment.
“We have two sick persons in the family; after treatment in hospital they recommended to ask Miloseridye for help, which we did. We need money; one of us suffers from diabetis, infarction and blood stroke and I am a cancer and asthma patient,” she said.
“We are thankful to this organisation which helps people; a retirement benefit is not large enough to cover the cost of medical treatment, we’re short of money and have to spend much on medications every month,” the recipient said.
“Financial assistance was provided to my mother who has 1st group disability after a blood stroke. Medicines are very expensive, she has to take a lot of them every day. We are very grateful; it is the right thing for the government to address such issues, it’s tremendous assistance,” said recipient Svetlana Volkova.
Earlier reports said that Ukraine had unilaterally shut down the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point from September 2 till September 7. Lugansk People’s Republic representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of the LPR working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva urged the Ukrainian government not to close the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point without launching the Schastye crossing point first.
Yurov said that the charity had approved more than 3,300 requests for financial assistance from residents of the Lugansk People’s Republic and Kiev-controlled areas of the Lugansk region since the beginning of this year.
Miloserdiye temporarily stopped taking applications as it was launching a quick review procedure, he said.
In the second half of 2017, Miloserdiye approved and funded 1,055 financial aid requests from Lugansk region residents.
The number of applicants Miloserdiye plans to review this year will exceed the 2017 figure by several times.
More residents of Kiev-held areas have been seeking help from Miloserdiye despite various impediments created by Ukrainian authorities, Yurov said.
Miloserdiye was set up under the aegis of the Donbass people reunification humanitarian programme. It provides financial aid to Lugansk Region residents in difficult circumstances, including residents of Kiev-held areas. Priority is given to the applicants needing money for treating serious diseases.
On February 17, 2017 DPR and LPR Heads Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitskiy launched the program of humanitarian assistance for residents of Kiev-occupied part of Donbass. The main goal of the programme is to support socially vulnerable groups. It envisions financial and medical aid and education services.
The LPR Telecom and Mass Communications Ministry launched the humanitarian programme website.
LuganskMediaCentre — 10 September — Lugansk