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Monday, March 19, 2018

Experts: $120 million for Donbass — another lie Poroshenko

The President of Ukraine announced the allocation of 120,3 million dollars for the restoration of Donbass. However, these funds will go only to the cities controlled by Kiev. Residents of the destroyed settlements DND and LNR will not get millions from penny. In conversation with “MK” experts generally doubt the fact that the money will be sent to the Donbass. Probably, this statement by Petro Poroshenko, another game for the Western audience.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

“We did everything we could in order to find more than 3 billion hryvnia (about $ 120 million), which now will be sent to local budgets of Donetsk and Lugansk regions and will be used to Finance early recovery of the injured of the Donbass,” Poroshenko said during a teleconference with Kramatorsk.

According to the head of the Ukraine the money will be restored to schools and kindergartens, hospitals, kilometers of roads refurbished. Petro Poroshenko also noted that the expenditure of these funds will be under strict control. “Will be monitored the effectiveness of the investment of every penny of this amount,” he said.

Experts interviewed by “MK” suggested that a penny of these funds to the cities of Donbass can not reach.

Vladimir Zharikhin, Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS countries:

“It’s hard to Understand what Poroshenko had in mind. Ukraine has not fulfilled many of the points of the Minsk agreements, including a clause on the recovery of the banking system on the territory of Donbass. Yet such a tool is that the allocated money could somehow earn in the territory of LNR and DNR, and key destruction are there. Poroshenko’s words another demonstration to the West that he is working on this issue. In fact, do not nobody going. At best, these funds will be sent to cities controlled by Kiev. I think that this is another of the promises, which was worth nothing except PR.”

Alexey Bychkov, political scientist:

“The funds allocated for the restoration of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, first of all, will be focused on controlled territory, where the formation of the APU. These funds will not be transferred to the leadership of the DNI and LC. In principle, the format of the transfer of money to the regions in Ukraine is fairly long. Until the funds reach the final destination, may take a very long time. Poroshenko was necessary to make the statement that the European community did not say that he ceased to perform the tasks. The message was external, for the European partners and domestic, for the residents of Luhansk and Donetsk regions. They need to hear that the government cares about them. People who live in the territory of LNR and DNR, Poroshenko also said the Ukrainians, who are now under the control of terrorists. So the money in those areas will not go”.

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