There won’t be
directed any funds from the Central Budget to the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk
regions, which are controlled by the terrorists. However, the Government will deliver
gas and electricity there to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. This was
stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a Government meeting
on Wednesday, November 5.
The PM informed
that, according to the calculations of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the State Treasury Service, total
subsidies for Donetsk
region from the Central Budget along all levels
of funds make up UAH 37 billion, "In Luhansk region overall subsidies
from the Central Budget to cover local
budgets and all social payments
amount UAH 19.8 billion”.
"In Donetsk region
the territories, temporarily controlled by Russian terrorists, require
subsidies from the Central budget of Ukraine worth UAH 19.6 billion. In Luhansk
region – worth UAH 14.6 billion", he said.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed
that the Government's position is as follows, "During the time the
territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are supervised by all sorts of
impostors, there won’t be directed funding from the Central Budget there. The Government
won’t finance terrorists and imposters".
At this, according to the Head of
Government, for all
local residents "all pensions, social payments and benefits" will be remunerated, "after Russian-led terrorists flee from the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk - we will
immediately regain control
over the territories and will pay each person a relevant social benefit he/she has
the right for”.
"Today, to pay money in this area means that the money will not
reach the people, they will be stolen by Russian-led guerrillas, and it's nothing else than direct support
of Russian terrorism," he said.
The Prime Minister
also reminded that there is an ongoing discussion concerning the supply of gas
and electricity to rebel-held territories, "I would like to express the
Government's position and my personal one. There are our citizens there, and
the Government will not allow these people to freeze, as it could lead to a
"This is our
territory, our people. We shall handle terrorists separately. But the winter is
approaching. Hence, if we use tough measures now, it [the situation] will be particularly
tough with respect to ordinary people. So we shall provide them with gas and
electricity", he stressed.
At the same time, Arseniy
Yatsenyuk said, as soon as Ukraine resumes control over the relevant territory,
"the amount of funds accumulated by the Government to fulfil payments of
social benefits and subsidies will be reduced by the cost of electricity and
gas, which we now supply to the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which
aren’t temporarily controlled by the central authorities."
reminded that in accord with the Minsk agreements, Russia had to stop
supporting terrorists, they had to liberate the territories and Ukraine had to
regain control over these territories, "Follow the agreement, clean the
area of this virus, you delivered there, and don't make people hostages to your
He emphasized the
need to execute all the twelve points of the Minsk agreements, "When one
gives the promise, he must keep it. And I can see they
[the Russian Federation. – ed.] have a problem with
that. Therefrom, the people became hostages".
The Head of
Government stressed that he considered the bilateral negotiations with Russia unlikely
to succeed, "One of the most effective and real formats is the Geneva
format, which envisaged the participation of the United States, the European
Union, Ukraine, and our northern geographical neighbour”.