#Commentary of Elena Melnick on financial assistance designed ostensibly for Donbass
The European Union decided to allocate €50 million to the territories of Donbass controlled by Ukraine, believing that this initiative would support decentralization and could help to return the DPR and LPR back to Ukraine.
Funds are planned to be spent on a programme for empowerment of local authorities, rehabilitation of infrastructure, but only in the territory under the control of Ukraine.
The West allocates money to deal with such problems in the conflict zone again, but the situation is far from perfect. The Ukrainian officials habitually embezzle the lion’s share of the funds received, rather than spending them for specified purposes. For example, the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine are investigating the loss of 5 million hryvnias out of 12 million allocated by Germany for the rehabilitation of the Donbass infrastructure.
But, in this case, the Ukrainian level of corruption does not stop the EU. It is obvious that Western creditors are going strictly control the money. It is planned to spend them, first of all, on the information war, disguising these income items as civilian initiatives, which ‘improve community cohesion’ in Donbass.
Apparently, the West is more petrified of the truth than corruption, which the inhabitants of the controlled by Kiev territories learn from the television and radio channels of the DPR, which expand their signal there. Moreover, the funds allocated by Europe are a belated response to the humanitarian programme for the reunification of the Donbass people undertaken by the Republics.
They are haunted by our achievements and our sincere desire to help our fellowman behind the line of contact. Yes, we are still having tough times, but we share everything we can. And the West only allocates money for destruction. Why do they need us to be united?
Elena Melnick, the DPR People’s Council deputy