Donetsk, Apr 3 - DAN. The United Donbass Foundation has paid 71 million rubles worth of financial assistance to the needy in the region since the start of its operation, Foundation chairman Oleg Balykin said at a press briefing at the Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.

“The Foundation’s Commission has reviewed 6,615 applications for financial aid since early last spring; of those 2,638 requests to the tune of 85,765,440 rubles have been approved,” Balykin said. “As of April 2, 2018, a total of 70,991,640 rubles had been paid to 2,247 recipients,” Balykin said.

The Commission has met six times in 2018. It approved 1,139 of 2,201 requests for a total amount of 42,023,700 rubles.

The Donetsk People’s Republic launched the United Donbass Foundation on March 9, 2017 as part of the Donbass people reunification programme. The programme envisions cash payments and provision of food and medications which can also be contributed by Donetsk People’s Republic residents. *jk