#Commentary of Valery Skorokhodov on why plumbers not needed in schools in temporarily occupied territories by Ukraine
No matter how much the Ukrainian media told about the successes of the Ukrainian economy and the increase in pensions, the reality in the country is completely different. There is no money in the budget for vital necessities. Especially, it is evident in the temporarily occupied Ukraine territories of Donbass.
For example, it was decided to close ten schools in Mariupol to save the budget, to reduce the number of metalworkers, watchmen and plumbers in schools and kindergartens, and to close a couple of kindergartens at the same. Also, speech therapy groups in kindergartens will be closed as well. In general, there are many innovations – seven points, which can reduce costs and all of them are the same, were proposed in the city administration.
This news is an indicator of the deepest systemic problems in the economy. After all, all its elements are interconnected and affect each other in any system. This is acutely seen in the reduction of the speech therapy groups in the kindergartens of Mariupol. Earlier, Azovstal and Illich iron and steel works financed their industry-sponsored kindergartens before the building of the “Great Agrarian Empire”. As a result, they saved on the maintenance of these kindergartens, and the city spent the funds released on the speech therapy groups. But industrial plants cannot afford such spendings in the “agrarian superpower”. I think it is not necessary to explain what such situation in large industrial enterprises means for the economy of the whole country.
The neighbors are not doing better. A picket was held and organized by the employees of Lugansk Energy Association at the administrative building of the communal enterprise of on February 6. The same picket was held in Lisichansk the previous day. The reason for the actions is simple: electricity bills of these utility companies. It should be noted that, according to the decision of the Kiev Executive Service, the accounts of the Rubezhnoye water and wastewater treatment plant have been arrested for two years now, which means that it is unable to pay its debts. And these are only a few facts from the life of one city in the temporarily occupied territory by Ukraine.
I would like to ask: what did the foreign integration and the notorious free-visa regime give to the residents of Rubezhnoye? How often do they travel to the Maldives and Seychelles? However, those representatives of the Ukrainian authorities, who can afford to go to these resorts, do not get tired of repeating that life is good in Ukraine. And what the ordinary Ukrainians say in response can be omitted.
Valery Skorokhodov, the DPR People’s Council deputy