Donetsk, Apr 10 - DAN.  The Donetsk People’s Republic Pension Fund paid more than nine billion rubles in retirement benefits in the first quarter of this year, the DPR Labour and Social Policy Ministry press service told the Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.

“The DPR Pension Fund paid 9.2 billion rubles in January through March,” the press service sad.

The Republic began to pay pensions to its residents in April 2015.

Welfare payments are made through the offices of the Pochta Donbassa postal service and the Central Republican Bank. More than 309,000 DPR residents who draw the minimum pension have been receiving larger allowances amounting to 2,904 rubles since January 2018.*jk