4 August 2017, 15:27
Ukraine unable to offer equivalent humanitarian project to population - LPR Ministry
Incumbent Ukrainian authorities are unable to offer their citizens a project on par with the ongoing Donbass people reunification humanitarian programme, acting LPR Health Care Minister Gennady Buneyev told reporters on Friday.
Kiev objects to the implementation of the humanitarian programme despite the fact that residents of Kiev-controlled areas enjoy quality and free medical assistance in LPR, Buneyev said.
“I cannot say for sure as I have no accurate information on the situation on the other side of the contact line, but seeing people coming here and talking with residents of Kiev-held areas we understand that the Ukrainian government is not happy with our providing treatment to people who live on the other side of the contact line,” he said. “I find that outrageous; people have the opportunity and should receive treatment where they want, and assistance should be provided in the state where they live.”
“I can only say that Ukraine has no counterpart programme,” Buneyev said.
LPR medics keep out of politics and equally help patients living in the Republic and Kiev-controlled territory, he added.
The official reminded that medical aid within the humanitarian programme was provided in three areas: oncology, pediatric hematology and obstetrics. There areas require considerable funding yet the Republic does find sources of finance.
The acting health care minister also said that LPR had used to provide medical assistance to Ukrainian citizens even before the programme was launched.
“If we recall the intense fighting in 2014, the whole world knows that medical assistance was provided to all people wounded in shelling. Nobody ever questioned them who they were or where they were from; LPR medics’ job was to provide emergency aid and quickly rush them to surgical units. But that holds true not only for LPR medics, I think it’s true for medics all over the world, he said.
On February 17 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 provide financial and medical aid and educational services to socially vulnerable groups in Kiev-held territory of Lugansk Region.
LPR Telecom and Mass Communications Ministry launched the humanitarian programme website.
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