Another locality – Katerynivka of Popasnjansky district – has joined the part of the Luhansk region controlled by Ukraine, states Hennadiy Moskal, the chairman of the Luhansk Regional State Administration, Joinfo.ua reports.
The village is actually in no one's, so-called "gray" area behind the last Ukrainian checkpoint. Neither our military units, nor militants of the self-proclaimed Luhansk Republic are deployed here. Katerynivka legally belongs to the Berezovsky village council, which is occupied, so the village is cut off from funding. After that, people began to address to the local authorities asking to "bring them back to Ukraine." Hennadiy Moskal, the head of the Luhansk region, brought humanitarian aid to Katerynivka and personally talked to the villagers.
"The village has become a hostage because of the fighting. Since it is behind the last Ukrainian checkpoint, the militants periodically come here at night (the military gave us increased support with BRDMs for this reason). However, Katerynivka is not occupied by the so-called LPR, and most of the local villagers support Ukraine, so I ordered to unlock funding and officially attach the village to the part of the Luhansk region controlled by Ukraine. Yellow-blue flag is already raised on the building in the center of the village," said Moskal.
"Now in the village there are 162 residents and 32 displaced residents (mostly from occupied Pervomaisk). There are about twenty children, they do not attend school because it is in the occupied territory. Spring field works can not be carried out due to the proximity to the front line (militants are deployed just a kilometer from the center of Katerynivka). The biggest problems for the villagers are the lack of social benefits and the severity of access to the district center. The first problem is almost removed, and the second will be solved in the near future," said the head of Luhansk region.