It is still impossible to pay pensions in Donbas – Chernysh

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The Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, Vadym Chernysh, has stated that it was impossible to pay Ukrainian pensions on the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts until these territories were returned under the Ukrainian governmental control.

“It’s impossible. There are no banks. The banks cannot be restored. Security cannot be ensured. The requirements for countering money laundering cannot be ensured. Therefore, there is the only scheme – to receive pension transferred on cards issued by the Oschadbank of Ukraine,” Chernysh SAID on Radio Donbass.Realii.

As the Minister noted, the issue of pension payment to the CADLO (certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts) residents was connected not only with the banking system, but with the taxes as well.

“The pension fund is not just filled out of nothing. You know that the “seized” enterprises that had worked there have paid taxes to the Ukrainian budget until the last day,” Chernysh explained.

On July 10, The Human Rights Watch, in a letter to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, urged the Ukrainian authorities to strengthen their efforts to protect the rights of elderly Ukrainians living within the non-government controlled territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

Human rights activists said that Ukraine should stop discriminatory practices that force CADLO pensioners to cross the demarcation line to receive a pension.

Every month about one million people cross the checkpoints in Donbas. More than half of them are the persons who go to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities to receive their pensions. To be eligible for payments, retirees must have an immigrant status.

As The Journalist reported, Ukraine’s Parliament to register bill on introducing criminal liability for non-recognition the Crimea and CADLO as Ukrainian territories.

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