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MOSCOW. August 9. /TASS/. Ukraine’s authorities are using the conflict in Donbass as a pretext to evade its financial liabilities to pensioners living in the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR), speaker of the DPR People’s Council (parliament) Andrei Purgin said on Sunday.
On Saturday, Ukraine’s Minister of Social Policy Pavel Rozenko said in a televised interview that the Ukrainian government was unable to deliver retirement allowances to about 200,000 people living in the DPR and LPR.
"I think these statements are meant to evade liabilities to people living in our republics," the Donets News Agency quoted Purgin as saying.
Under the package of measures on the implementation of the Minsk agreements that were reached on February 12, 2015 after marathon talks between the leaders of Normandy Four (Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko) in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk, Ukraine undertook to resume payment of social allowances to people living in the self-proclaimed republics. It also undertook to resume the segment of its banking system in the areas affected by the conflict and create an international mechanism to facilitate money transfers.