A MEETING OF THE WORKING GROUP ON MISSING PERSONS AND HOSTAGES WAS HELD IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE
A meeting of the working group on missing persons in Donbas and military and civilian hostages (prisoners) was held in the Office of the President of Ukraine.
The relatives of the missing persons and hostages, representatives of the Office of the President, non-governmental organizations, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Social Policy, Ministry for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine took part in it.
The participants of the meeting discussed the issues of social protection for families of hostages and persons who disappeared during the combat actions in Donbas.
Anna Kovalenko, Deputy Head of the Office of the President noted the importance of reviewing legislation in force to increase State support for such families.
“We are committed to constructive settlement and consideration of all these issues you are talking about. Thank you for participating in this dialogue,” noted Anna Kovalenko, addressing the representatives of the working group.
The fundamental principles of the bill were presented at the meeting, which is designed to solve the social problems of families of hostages and missing persons. In particular, it is proposed to provide social, legal and psychological support to families. Medical assistance will also be provided during the rehabilitation of released persons. Non-governmental organizations, Ministry for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine and the Ministry of Social Policy worked on this bill.
A representative of the non-governmental organization Stabilization Support Services Irina Loyuk invited relatives of the missing persons and hostages to submit suggestions to the bill.
The problems related to financial support for families were raised during the meeting. The mother of a captive volunteer Borys Mysyurenko, Lydia emphasized the importance of maintaining scholarships for underage children who were captured by illegal armed groups.
Also, the participants of the meeting emphasized the importance of legislative regulation of issues related to granting separate status to families of missing persons.
Vitaliy Muzychenko, Deputy Minister for Social Policy informed the representatives of the working group about compensation for payment of housing and communal services.
Anton Columbet, First Deputy Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine said that the Ministry proposed to increase funding for the Affordable Housing Program for combatants and internally displaced persons.
“This program provides for 50 % State assistance for housing costs. Thus, the State Budget helps a person to buy housing,” explained Anton Columbet.
In addition, the work on a bill on preferential mortgages for combatants still in progress.