Natalia Korolevska: The authorities must provide decent social protection for the Chernobyl victims, who gave the most precious to their country - their health
20 April 2017 12:11

The government is obliged to fully restore the social protection of people who have defended their homeland and the whole world from the consequences of anthropogenic catastrophe. MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC, Opposition Vice Prime Minister Natalia Korolevska said it during a visit to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

“The echo of the Chernobyl disaster will remain forever in the memory of our people. This is a story about the courage, heroism and patriotism of people who, without a moment’s hesitation, defended their homeland and the whole world from the consequences of the terrible explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. They stopped the fire and the further spread of radiation, paying for it with their lives and health,” Natalia Korolevska said.

The People’s Deputy together with representatives of Chernobyl organizations from the Zhytomyr, Zaporozhye, Kharkiv and Kiev regions laid flowers to the memorials of the liquidators and honored the memory of the deceased.

According to Korolevska, the government and the coalition are turning a blind eye to the problems of the least protected categories of citizens. The liquidators and people affected by the accident, including children, significantly limited social guarantees, took away benefits and compensations, and reduced the size of state support. Since 2015, 4 zones of enhanced radioecological control have been abolished, as a result, the rights of more than 1.6 million people for medical care and social protection were grossly violated.

“The parliament the draft law “On Amending the Law “On the Status and Social Protection of Citizens Affected by the Chernobyl Catastrophe” was voted in the first reading, but, unfortunately, vetoed and subsequently was rejected. The OPPOSITION BLOC has registered a package of draft laws, including the restoration of violated rights to pension provision for Chernobyl victims, and the struggle for restoring justice continues in the Constitutional Court. We believe that common sense will prevail, and the state will remember, those people who, after the tragedy, have honestly fulfilled their duty to the Motherland and the whole world, and will provide them with worthy social protection and support,” Natalia Korolevska stressed.