Donetsk, Apr 9 - DAN. The United Donbass Foundation has paid nearly 300 million rubles worth of financial assistance to the needy in the region since the start of its operation, Foundation acting chairman Pavel Pavlyuk said at the Donetsk News Agency press centre on Tuesday.

“The Foundation’s Commission has reviewed 23,029 applications for financial aid since the spring of 2017; of those 8,355 requests to the tune of 299,355,840 rubles have been approved,” Pavlyuk said.

The Foundation’s Commission has met seven times since the beginning of this year, he said, adding that over this period, it approved the payment of 36, 566,000 rubles worth of benefits to 1,068 applicants.

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