The babas won!
Today, Irina Khizhnyak, the advocate representing Donbass pensioners told us that the Ukrainian Supreme Administrative Court ordered the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers to resume payments to residents of the region, starting today, saying:
We won. Today, the Supreme Administrative Court of 25 judges decided that upheld all previous decisions, where we won in the first and second instance. Thus, the court lifted the ban on paying pensions to Donbass recipients ordered by a ukase of the Ukrainian Cabinet of dated 7 November 2014. This means that the Cabinet is now obliged to resume paying pensions, the decision shall enter into force immediately, and it removes all suspensions. Under the court’s decision, cabinet officials and the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance shall be criminally liable under articles “Deliberate failure to fulfil the court’s decision” and “On default of payment of pensions”. However, payments to pensioners, orphans, single mothers, war veterans, the liquidators of the Chernobyl accident, children with disabilities, and other socially vulnerable citizens would begin in 2016, as the budget for this has already been drawn up.
Today, the Ukrainian Supreme Administrative Court upheld the decision to cancel a Ukrainian government decree to freeze pensions, wages and social benefits to those who living in the LNR and DNR. In December 2014, Donbass pensioners sued in Ukrainian courts to overturn Cabinet Resolution 595 of 7 November 2014 “Financing of public institutions, implementing social payments to the population, and providing financial support to businesses and organisations in Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts (sic)”. This was vastly unpopular, as it obliged pensioners the elderly (including the bedridden and mobility-impaired) to leave the LNR and DNR to receive social payments. On 1 December 2014, the Pension Fund of the Ukraine stopped operations in the DNR. In fact, the most recent pension payments came in Donetsk in August 2014 and in other localities of the Republic in June and July 2014. To get out of the situation, pensioners re-registered in Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhe, and other Ukrainian cities.
16 October 2015
DAN Donetsk News Agency