Donetsk, Jul 14 - DAN. The committee of the United Donbass Foundation has held its sixth meeting and approved one-time allocations of financial aid worth 1.5 million rubles in total, the Foundation chairman Oleg Balykin told a news briefing at Donetsk News Agency on Friday.

"Today, on July 14, the Foundation’s committee reviewed 352 applications from residents who found themselves in a difficult situation. Benefits were approved in 52 cases, 27 for residents of DPR and 25 for residents of Kiev-controlled areas."

The total sum of payments amounted to 1,470,000 rubles, or 28,000 rubles per applicant on average. The payments will be made next week.

DPR launched United Donbass Foundation on 9 March 2017 as part of the programme for Donbass people reunification and assistance to compatriots approved by DPR and LPR heads Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitskiy on 17 February 2017.

The programme envisions cash payments and provision of food and medications which can also be contributed by DPR residents. Nine groups are eligible for assistance, including persons in the 1st and 2nd disability categories, single parent families with children up to 18 years of age, families with three or more children up to 18 years of age, citizens aged over 65 and some other groups. *ot