Donetsk, Mar 22 - DAN. Rescuers receive hundreds of messages from residents of liberated areas of the Donetsk People’s Republic every day, head of the Interdepartmental Operations Headquarters, DPR Emergencies Minister, Civil Defense Service Lieutenant-General Alexey Kostrubitsky told the Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.

“We hear many words of gratitude for our work but also receive hundreds of reports on local problems; such as appeals to deliver humanitarian aid to bedridden patients or help a chairbound pensioner get out of the cellar and take them to hospital,” Kostrubitsky said. “They often ask us to defuse explosive objects lying in their yards.   There is much work to do; we’re working.”

The minister said that the humanitarian situation in liberated areas mostly depends on how heavy the fighting there had been. The common problems include a large amount of explosive hazards and the need to restore gas, electricity and water supply, demolished residential areas and mobile communication.

Emergencies Ministry staff help repair the electricity grid and electrical substations. “We want to restore normal, peaceful and quiet life for our compatriots as soon as possible,” he said.

On March 1, DPR Head Denis Pushilin approved the provision on the Interdepartmental Operations Headquarters to coordinate priorities in the life support of the population in the liberated areas and appointed DPR Emergencies Minister Alexey Kostrubitsky to lead it. *jk