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 Social benefits for residents of terrorist-held territories of Donbas should be resumed, - Minister of temporarily occupied territories Chernysh

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The economic blockade of the uncontrolled areas is at odds with the statements of the Ukrainian authorities on the intention to integrate the territories in Ukraine.

Head of the newly formed Ministry of the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced Persons Vadym Chernysh said in an interview to ZN.ua, Censor.NET reports.

"All citizens of Ukraine have equal rights. This is the key message. Everything else follows from it. Including pensions and all kinds of social assistance. My position on the issue is unambiguous: we should pay. The same can be said for the question "if we should feed the Donbas." If we intend to integrate these territories and people in Ukraine, which is, in fact, what the president and prime minister state and which is confirmed by the billions of social benefits, then what does the economic blockade stand for? These are two totally different trends of government policy. The result is lamentable. Smuggling filled the official trade gap. The ruble and Russian goods dominate in the temporarily occupied territories, while people become even more estranged from Ukraine. Whom are we kidding and what for?" he stressed.

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