Day of honouring liquidators of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was established in the Donetsk People’s Republic in 2018. The memorable date coincides with publication on December 14, 1986, of the notice about commissioning of the complex of protective structures of the fourth energy block of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (the Shelter object, also known as the Sarcophagus).
The largest man-made catastrophe in history demanded consolidated efforts of tens of thousands of people from all over the country, who prevented the spread of radioactive contamination at the cost of their lives. Thanks to courage and bravery, dedication and high professionalism of the liquidators, it was possible to minimize its consequences in the shortest possible time by creating a unique installation. This day is a symbol of eternal memory of the heroic deed and interethnic unity, rallying people in combating this common threat and the great debt that future generations owe to their predecessors.
As a result of the armed conflict in Donbass, unleashed by those who came to power in Ukraine through the coup d’état of 2014, the liquidators living in the Donetsk People’s Republic face injustice and violation of their rights. The military confrontation and socio-economic blockade made those people especially vulnerable, as they relied on the support of the state. The Ukrainian side, demonstrating an unwillingness to compromise, discriminates and neglects human rights, continues to block the issue of resuming social payments, which is provided for in paragraph 8 of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements.
In contrast, the Donetsk People’s Republic implements a consistent policy to support people of this category, as well as people affected by the tragedy. In particular, material assistance, concessionary rates for housing communal services and medical care are provided for them. Also, the regulatory framework is being developed; work is being carried out to expand the package of social guarantees. In addition, as part of the Humanitarian Programme for the Reunification of Donbass, residents of areas temporarily controlled by Ukraine can receive free medical care and other types of support in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
The Human Rights Ombudsman in the Donetsk People’s Republic expresses sincere gratitude to the liquidators of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant for their unparalleled feat worthy of the highest respect. Long years, peace and well-being to you and your loved ones!