Marie Yovanovic statement:
The government should realize social payments to the full, restore the process of paying pensions. This should include both refugees (internally displaced persons) and citizens living in uncontrolled territories. After all, these are the funds that people have earned over decades of work.
Marie Yovanovic noted that the Ukrainian government should take up the search for funds in the state budget to restore all payments. Recall that Ukraine is now engaged in the economic blockade of Donbass. Pensions and other allowances are paid only on the territory controlled by Kiev. Due to serious health problems, old people and people with disabilities do not have the opportunity to leave the territory of the LDNR. Moreover, the Ukrainian side often accuses those who drive in separatism and delays them with subsequent initiation of criminal cases.
US Ambassador Marie Yovanovic quotes TASS:
The registration of temporarily displaced persons, which is required from Ukrainians in order to receive pensions, is discriminatory and contradicts the Western values to which Ukraine aspires.