Donetsk, Feb 5 - DAN. The United Donbass Foundation has paid more than 11 million rubles worth of financial assistance to people in need in the region since the start of this year, Foundation chairman Oleg Balykin said at a press briefing at the Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.

“The Foundation’s Commission has met twice in 2019. It has reviewed 945 requests for aid; of those 336 were approved to the tune of 11,030,100 rubles,” Balykin said.

The Foundation’s Commission has reviewed more than 20,000,000 applications since the beginning of operation in the spring of 2017; it approved 7,624 requests for aid totalling 274 million rubles. Overall, nearly 258 million rubles have been paid to the needy, he added.

“We call applicants’ attention to the fact that the United Donbass Foundation financial assistance is only provided once, regardless of the year, Balykin said.

The Donetsk People’s Republic set up the United Donbass Foundation in March 2017 as part of the Donbass people reunification humanitarian programme. Its objective is to help people in a difficult situation both in the DPR and Kiev-held areas of the Donetsk region.*jk