Donetsk, Jan 22 - DAN. The United Donbass Foundation has paid nearly 258 million rubles worth of financial assistance to the needy since the spring of 2017, Foundation chairman Oleg Balykin said at a press briefing at the Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.

“As of January 21, the non-commercial organisation had paid a total of 257,328,840 rubles to 7,144 applicants since the beginning of operation,” Balykin said.

The Foundation’s Commission has reviewed more than 20,000 applications overall; it paid some 270 billion rubles to nearly 7,500 applicants over the designated period, he added.

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. Residents of the DPR and Kiev-held areas of the Donetsk region are eligible for assistance.*jk