"We want peace, we want people who are Ukrainian citizens and are now under the control of Russian terrorists, to receive pensions and salaries, have jobs, be able to receive health and social care. And [we want] these people not to be held hostage by the Russian regime and the terrorists supported by this regime," he said.
According to him, Ukraine is currently unable to pay pensions and salaries to the residents of the occupied territories, because any bank car with cash is robbed in those territories. [Ukraine] cannot send humanitarian aid to these regions either, since it will either be stopped or robbed at the first terrorist checkpoint.
"We made a commitment as a government to prevent a humanitarian disaster in these areas and to ensure the supply of electricity and gas. But this means that the funds accumulated as social and other payments and subsidies will be reduced by the cost of electricity and gas," he said.
Yatseniuk said that the government's task is the restoration of the destroyed Donbas, but to begin such work, the Russian Federation has to meet all 12 basic points of the Minsk protocol on which it insisted and which it signed.
"The sooner the Russian military goes back home from the Donetsk and Luhansk territories, the sooner the people who have become hostages of imperial ambitions, will live a normal life. So now the question of supplying food and social benefits there is exclusively in the hands of the Kremlin. The Kremlin is responsible for humanitarian catastrophe that is coming to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions," Yatseniuk said.