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Donetsk News Agency, Feb 17, 2017

The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics will provide humanitarian assistance to residents of Kyiv-occupied Donbass, the leaders of the two republics announced on February 17.

Alexander Zakharchenko (L) and Igor Plotnitskiy, leaders of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics (DAN News photo)

DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko and LPR head Igor Plotnitskiy announced in a joint statement on February 17, “We have decided to implement a programme of humanitarian aid and environmental safety for our brothers and sisters living in Ukraine-controlled Donbass areas.”

“The main guidelines for humanitarian assistance are medical and education services, pension payments and assistance to divided families,” the statement said.

The programme envisions humanitarian foundations for financial assistance and joint cultural, education and sporting events involving residents on both sides of the contact line.

Zakharchenko and Plotnitskiy noted that Kyiv-controlled Donbass areas are on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. Economic production is being discontinued in the zone of Kyiv’s so-called “anti-terrorist operation”, living standards are plunging and infrastructure facilities are in disarray.

“We insist on the possibility to inspect water pumping systems at operating and non-operating mines, the Popasnaya water utility, Lisichyansk refinery, Zarya (Rubezhnoye) and Azot (Severodonetsk) companies, Voda Donbassa water company, water treatment plants, chlorine storages, Avdeyevka coking plant, Konstantinovka state-owned chemical plant and Dzerzhinsk phenol plant,” the republics’ leaders said.

They also demanded unhindered access for humanitarian organisations to Kyiv-controlled territory for monitoring, power, water and gas supply facilities. “Let’s pool our efforts for the sake of survival and peace, for fighting those who sit in far-away Kiev, Brussels and Washington trying to make us quarrel, who profit from the war,” Zakharchenko and Plotnitskiy said.

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