The blockade of Donbass by Kiev led to the fact that the hryvnia is practically not used on the territory of the breakaway republics, said the envoy DND Denis Putilin. According to him, the use of the ruble – a protective reaction of the Donbass.
MOSCOW, 29 Oct. The payment of pensions and wages in the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s Republic takes place in rubles, said on Thursday the representative of DND in the contact group on Ukraine Denis Putilin.
In November 2014 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the document called “decree on economic blockade”: from the territory of Donbass, control of the security forces, brought government agencies, banks and even prison. Payment to the inhabitants of the region of pensions and other social allowances Kiev stopped even earlier — from mid-summer last year. Since April, authorities of the self-proclaimed DND and LNR started their own to pay pensions to the residents, and in July a allowances for temporary disability at the workplace.
“It (the hryvnia) has almost dried up, so we were forced to move. This is a necessary measure, we use the RUB. Now the payment of pensions, salaries already taking place in rubles. Hryvnia weight was intentionally washed Kiev, of course, is our protective reaction”, — said Pushilin, speaking at the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.
Previously, the government DND and LNR announced the introduction of multicurrency in the region of the zone. One reason for this step was the deficiency of cash hryvnia. The base currency was the national currency, but the payments, including the collection of taxes and payment of benefits are carried out in Russian rubles, us dollars and euros.
The Ukrainian authorities in April last year launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LNR and DND. According to the United Nations, victims of the conflict began more than 8 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbas region is discussed, including during meetings in Minsk of the contact group, which since last September has already received three documents governing the steps to de-escalate the conflict.