As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by Ukrainian representative in the humanitarian subgroup in the Trilateral contact group in Minsk, first Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Herashchenko on her Facebook page.
"At the talks with our European partners, an issue of payments in the occupied territories was raised. Ukrainian government cannot fulfill its obligations in the occupied territories where no Ukrainian pension funds, banks, and post offices operate. This is why retirees are forced to register as internally displaced persons (IDPs)," she wrote.
According to Herashchenko, 505,800 persons receive regular pension payments as of today. Most of them, she said, live in the occupied territories and travel to Ukraine-controlled areas monthly to get the money.
She added that Ukraine is highly interested in implementing procedure of verification of social and pensions benefits, for lack of governmental authority in the country's east prevents access to register lists.
"We can't afford paying pension benefits to 'ghost retirees'," Herashchenko said. According to the MP, Ukraine spent 41.8B hryvnia ($1.6B) on pension payments for IDPs between 2014 and August of 2016.
Earlier, Ukraine's Vice PM Pavlo Rozenko said Ukraine would not finance members of terrorist groups and pay pensions to militants who shoot at Ukrainian citizens.
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