Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
17th June, 2016
Representatives of the “patriotic” organizations appealed to the deputies of the Odessa regional council to approve, at the regional level, volunteer participants of the ATO.
A rally was held for this reason, on June 17th, near the Odessa regional state administration, which was attended by representatives of “Right sector”, participants of the “Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists”, “Oberig”, “Self Defense of Odessa”, and”Rapira”.
As was told by head of the Odessa branch of the national movement “Diya” Natalia Kruchinina, all volunteers of the Odessa region have been in the ATO zone for well over 2 years. However, neither at the state nor at the regional levels did they receive certification as a participant of military operations and, accordingly, they were unable to obtain financial support.
“Many have sacrificed health and life. But their families did not receive any social guarantees and assistance,” she said.
A similar rally took place all over Ukraine. The corresponding draft decision was adopted in Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Zhytomyr, Ternopil, and Khmelnytskyi.
In addition, the draft decision refers to the fact that the deputies appealed to the Verkhovna Rada with a request to approve members of volunteer battalions in Eastern Ukraine.