High utility rates force residents of Ukraine to leave their native cities — Darya Morozova (video)

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In the Republic there is a strong tendency to the increase in the number of internally displaced persons from the territory of Ukraine. Today, on December 28, during a press conference with internally displaced persons Human Rights Commissioner of the DPR Darya Morozova told about this.

“In more recent times, the number of internally displaced persons from the territory of Ukraine has increased dramatically. The reason is the increase in utility tariffs, rising prices for products and persecution on political grounds. At present, in the DPR live about 8000 IDPs, while the percentage of people whose houses were destroyed is very small, the majority of people arrived from the temporarily occupied territory,” the Ombudsperson told.

At the same time, according to Darya Morozova, the results of the monitoring testify that the prices of food products in the DPR are by 5-7% lower than in Ukraine.

Temporarily displaced persons from Avdeyevka and the village of Peski, who currently live at temporary accommodation centers of the Republic, participated in the briefing. As the main reasons for moving to the territory of the DPR, the incessant attacks by the AFU and indiscriminate looting by Ukrainian military forces were pointed out.

It is worth mentioning that residents of the frontline settlements that are under the control of Ukraine managed to leave the unsafe area thanks to the efforts of representatives of the DPR, who organized centralized removal of people in conditions of continued fighting. “Thank you, that you hosted us in the Republic, provided free accommodation and provided the necessary assistance,” Olga Radionova said.

At the end of the briefing, the DPR Ombudsperson stressed that the number of migrants from Kharkov, Odessa and other cities of Ukraine had risen in recent months, which was conditioned due to the intensification of the punitive policy, which is conducted by Ukrainian law enforcement agencies to identify dissenters. “In addition to migrants from the frontline zone, a huge number of people from Kharkov, Kramatorsk, Artemovsk comes to us. In the territory controlled by Ukraine the raids again got started, over the last month about 50 civilians were detained for unclear reasons. And all these people are accused of separatism and terrorism,” Darya Morozova concluded.