Gas, water and electricity infrastructure have been destroyed in the war zones and, if nothing is done soon to avoid it, people will start dying of cold when the temperatures drop during winter. The government of Kiev does not pay pensions to retirees. The civil servants have not been paid since June. And the workers of the private sector who are paid cannot withdraw money from banks in the province. The situation threatens to worsen much more if the president fulfils the threats of closing hospitals and schools in Donbas and blocks the bank accounts of the inhabitants of the region.
The delegation regretted that President Poroshenko uses the patriotic mobilisation to divert attention from the economic crisis and the social problems suffered by the people of Ukraine. The EL requests the president and the new government to work for the peaceful resolution of the conflict and to avoid the aggravation of the humanitarian catastrophe of the population of Donbas and the citizen displaced by the conflict, something that they are not doing now.