OKSANA KOLIADA: NO ONE AMONG RELEASED FROM CAPTIVITY SHALL NOT REMAIN WITHOUT ASSISTANCE FROM THE STATE
With these words, the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Oksana Koliada addressed those who were brought to Kyiv as a result of a large-scale exchange that took place on December 29 last year.
During the meeting with them, the Minister assured that they would be provided with the full range of assistance: medical examination, treatment, dental prosthetics, psychological support, legal advice, restoration of documents, preparation of documents for consideration by the Commission for the purpose of providing financial assistance in the amount of UAH 100 000. At present time, the resolution of these issues is entrusted to the members of the Interdepartmental Working Group led and coordinated by the Ministry for Veterans Affairs. In the meantime, a draft bill has already been developed on granting status to persons who have been deprived of personal freedom and providing them with appropriate social guarantees. This draft bill was developed jointly with representatives of the Office of the President, specialized NGOs, which include the former prisoners. Soon it should be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by the President of Ukraine as a matter of urgency.
«A draft bill has been developed that will soon be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on granting status to persons who have been deprived of personal freedom and illegally detained in the territory of the Russian Federation and the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. It also provides social guarantees in accordance with these statuses. But now, until the draft bill has not been adopted, we are actually doing exactly the same guided by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers», ‒ said the Minister.
The Special Commission will consider the documents submitted by all persons deprived of their personal freedom and determine their status. Representatives of relevant departments and security, defence and law enforcement agencies compose the Commission.
Now most of these civilians are in Feofaniya Clinical Hospital. Those who require further support and assistance will be transferred to the hospital for war veterans «Lisova Poliana» in PuschaVoditsa and the hospital in Tsybli. They will be able to receive appropriate psychological support, medical services, including free dental prosthetics. Even now, the Ministry for Veterans Affairs is addressing their future fate.
«We understand that having a place of residence and employment that will give financial independence will help adapting to a normal life. Therefore, the search for jobs with the provision of temporary housing is implemented according to your desires and professional abilities», ‒ assured Oksana Koliada.