Donbass refugees started getting less aid during “ceasefire”
With the approach of winter the volunteers who assist displaced persons from Donbass are getting more concerns. People were leaving their native towns in the summer, so many of them don't have clothes and footwear for the cold season. This was reported to RFE/RL by a representative of the initiative “Vostok-SOS” Konstyantyn Reutsky.
Moreover, as said by him, many houses have been damaged and people continue living in them, having no money even for putting new windows. Many of the refugees and the majority of inhabitants of the liberated territories do not receive social benefits, such as pensions, public sector workers do not get paid, that's why many people simply have nothing to eat. People can only rely on volunteers and humanitarian aid.
"To put it mildly, the participation of the state is inadequate. According to my observations, the State covers about 20% or at best 30-40% of people's needs in humanitarian assistance. Nothing has been done to rebuild the houses. Were it not for the solidarity and support of ordinary people, ordinary Ukrainian citizens, the fate of displaced persons and people in the liberated areas would be very, very sad," summed up the volunteer.
Konstyantyn Reutsky also states that after the announcement of "ceasefire" Ukrainians have become less active in assisting migrants from Donbass. At the same time from 60 to 80 % of the needs of internally displaced persons is covered by volunteers, says human rights activist.