Donetsk, Jul 12 - DAN. Residents of Ukraine-controlled part of the Donetsk region have received more than 3.5 million rubles worth of financial assistance under the aegis of the Donbass people reunification humanitarian programme,” the Donetsk People’s Republic Labour and Social Policy Ministry press service reported on Thursday.

“Our compatriots living in Ukraine-controlled Donetsk region areas have received 3.5 rubles worth of financial assistance from the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the press service said.

As of July 12, one-time benefits had been paid to 78 World War II veterans and combatants to the tune of 936,000 rubles; 417 large families were paid a total of 2.5 million rubles and 72 families with disabled children received 135,000 rubles in financial aid, it added.

The payments to certain groups of citizens have been made at the order of DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko since February 15, 2018.

Representatives of large families (mother, father, guardian, adoptive parent) with three or more children up to 18 years of age are entitled to welfare payments amounting to 6,000 rubles or 3,000 hryvnas. Great Patriotic War and World War II veterans, Leningrad siege survivors, the holders of the awards for the Defence of Leningrad and for the Defence of Sevastopol are entitled to 12,000 rubles or 6,000 hryvnas.*jk