The Donbas continues living under the conditions of the economic blockade. Notwithstanding Kiev's instructions to stop paying social benefits to citizens on the territories of the militia-controlled breakaway republics, Donetsk and Luhansk try to cope with the challenges.
The official website of the People's Republic of Luhansk posted a message saying that there would be special bodies founded in the republic to pay pensions and other allowances to citizens.
"In the People's Republic of Luhansk, special bodies were established to ensure the payment of pensions and social benefits. They now begin to work as full-fledged state structures," Svetlana Malakhova, the Minister for Labour and Social Policy of the People's Republic of Luhansk said, RIA Novosti reports.
The Ukrainian army is pulling back its forces beyond Chasov Yar, where they regroup and retreat to bases in Kramatorsk