MP Lovochkin Demands that Government Restores Privileges and Allowances to Chornobyl Veterans

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Ukrainian citizens who participated in the liquidation of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant catastrophe and suffered from its outcomes regularly address the national authorities regarding poor social protection and no access to healthcare of adequate quality in adequate amounts. Opposition platform – For life MP Serhiy Lovochkin therefore addressed Ukraine’s PM Denys Shmyhal with an inquiry demanding urgent measures aimed at significant improvement of social protection and healthcare quality for those who participated in the Chornobyl disaster liquidation and suffered from its outcomes.

In his inquiry, Lovochkin notes the need for urgent and full compliance with the rulings of the Constitutional Court on restoration of privileges and allowances to Chornobyl veterans, to develop a network of special healthcare institutions for them, to provide them with free medicine, and to restore special budget programs for Chornobyl veterans’ healthcare.

One of the reasons behind the situation, the MP believes, is that since 2014, the government stopped budget funding of some Chornobyl programs and significantly cut others. The Cabinet wound down housing provision program and that for treatment of cancer patients among Chornobyl veterans. Social protection program for those who suffered from the Chornobyl disaster although better funded recently, remains lower in 2021 compared to 2013 by 2 percent, while consumer prices rose by 2,7-fold over these years. Nominally, the decrease in funding since 2013 has reached 5 percent, and slid by 3.6 times in dollar terms.

Another reason for poor social protection of Chornobyl veterans, Lovochkin says, is consistent cut of their privileges since 2014 and failure to comply with the Constitutional Court’s ruling to restore the benefits.

“These steps by the administration have resulted in significant lowering of living standards for those who survived the Chornobyl disaster and participated in its liquidation”, – the inquiry reads.

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  1. I’ve seen several documentaries about Chernobyl and I must confess that I truly feel sorry for anyone that had to go there to clean up (or try) the incredible mess. Even now, there are thousands of items still lying around there – clothing, boots, gloves and so forth – that are highly radioactive. The survivors deserve to be treated well.

    • It still is a huge mess that extends over 2 continents. There is a whole generation with very low birth rates from this Moskali tragedy. We found the right combination of vitamins, herbs and teas for our daughter to have a baby but not all the kids from the 80s can do that.

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