Arseniy Yatsenyuk: After war ends - rehabilitation of ATO participants and rebuilding of Donbas
03.09.2014 | 16:19
Department of Information and Communication of the Secretariat of the CMU

The Action Plan "Recovery of Ukraine", that was presented at the Government meeting on Wednesday, September 3, stipulates for rehabilitation of ATO participants, support to families of the military and rebuilding of Donbas. The Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that he had talked to ATO participants in Dnipropetrovsk hospital: "When the guys with missing limbs tell that after operations they will take weapon and return to fight for Ukraine, it means this country is invincible. You can fight against the army, but you cannot defeat the people."

"You cannot win the victory over Ukrainian people. Putin is not the first who has tried to do that. All those who tried unsuccessfully to do it disappeared. But Ukraine exists. And Ukraine will survive", - he said.

The Prime Minister reminded that the Cabinet of Ministers had adopted a decision on setting up the State service for affairs of ATO participants and veterans, after studying the U.S. experience: "The state should be truly concerned about the participants of the anti-terrorist operation and those families who lost fathers, husbands, who have lost breadwinners".

The Government of Ukraine, according to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, allocates funds to the families of those who died and launched a program of providing housing for the families that lost breadwinners as a result of the antiterrorist operation. He explained, the Ukrainian Government had already allocated UAH 102 million: "And every time we transfer additional funds".

The PM stressed that it is the topmost issue to ensure the rehabilitation of members of the antiterrorist operation, to provide social and psychological assistance, prosthetics and medical assistance, including abroad.

Here, according to Arseniy Yatseniuk, the Government counts to obtain financial and technical assistance from Western partners. He said that dozens of negotiations had been held on this issue, in particular Arseniy Yatsenyuk had a conversation with the newly elected Chairman of the Council of the European Union Donald Tusk: "Poland is ready to provide medical assistance, as also many other western countries."

As for the plan of rehabilitation of Donbas, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said: "After attaining peace - those who moved to other areas of Ukraine, will return back to Donbas, and the Government is introducing targeted state assistance for those who are returning to their homes”.

Moreover, the Government is also working on the assessment of losses and destruction in Donbas: "We can't calculate now - only by satellite images. And if two months ago, when we liberated Slovyansk, our estimates were UAH 8 billion, today I can declare that the destroyed infrastructure is worth billions of dollars."

Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that the European Union and the western partners were to send to Ukraine a special mission to hold the inventory and assessment activities.

The Prime Minister also reminded that in November is due the international donor conference aimed at raising funds for restoration of Donbas.


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