Donetsk, Nov 7 - DAN. United Donbass Foundation has paid nearly 27 million roubles worth of financial assistance to the needy in the region since the start of its operation in in early spring 2017, Foundation chairman Oleg Balykin told a news briefing at Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.

“As of 6 November 2017, 916 payments totalling 26,923,840 roubles had been made,” Balykin said adding that 13,861,045 rubles were paid to 457 recipients in Donetsk Region and 13,062,795 rubles to 459 recipients in DPR.

The Commission, at its 14th session on 3 November, approved 132 applications for financial aid to the tune of more than three million rubles, he said.

DPR launched United Donbass Foundation on 9 March 2017 as part of the Donbass people reunification programmes 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. *jk