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The renewal of social welfare, the right to vote and housing – this should be the policy on IPDs

11:12 08.07.2019

Batkivshchyna Party Leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes the policy of the new government regarding internally displaced persons who left occupied territories as a result of the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine should be directed at restoring social payments, the constitutional right to vote, and also aimed at providing housing.

“First, it is necessary to renew all social payments to IDPs and payment of pensions without restrictions. Because if Ukraine renounces its people who for some reason could not leave the occupied territory it means that Ukraine admits that it is not Ukrainian land and that Ukrainians do not live there,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on the program “Today. Results” on TRK Ukraina.

The second step is to restore a number of constitutional rights of people who came from the occupied territories, in particular the right to vote.

“You can’t deprive people of the right to vote on the principle that they came from the Donbas. This is discrimination and a violation of the Constitution,” she said.

The third important task is to provide internally displaced persons with housing. To do this, it is necessary to create a special state program to purchase unfinished real estate and complete construction using public funds.

“What I did as prime minister in the crisis is that we allocated financial resources in the budget and at a low price bought out buildings that were 70-80% unfinished, paid to complete the construction and then gave the apartments to people,” explained the parliamentarian.