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Minister Lacks Sympathy for Plight of Pensioners in Eastern Ukraine

Expand Pensioners queuing in front of a state bank branch in government-controlled Stanitsa Luhanska. March 22, 2018. © 2018 Tanya Cooper Ukrainians living in regions controlled by Russian-backed armed groups face many challenges when crossing the line of contact between their homes and Ukrainian-controlled territory. But many have no choice: Half the one million people who cross each month are older people, many of whom do so in order to collect their pensions. However, Ukraine’s Minister of Social Policy, Andriy Reva, said recently he “[didn’t] feel pity” for those living behind conflict…

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