Anatoliy Ivanovych, a 71 y.o. IDP retiree from Donetsk. Once, as he usually does, he headed to the Government-Controlled Area to collect his pension, but then fell victim to robbers, lost his memory, all documents, and money – so many trials on his fate. The driver who knew Anatoliy turned to us for help to save the man.
In November of 2021, Anatoliy Ivanovych left Horlivka (Non-Government Controlled Area, NGCA) and went to the city of Bakhmut, Donetsk region, to apply for a pension card in Oschadbank. Everything was successful and he could have already gone home, but the 71-year-old man was attacked, severely beaten. His passport, pension certificate, and money were all stolen.
The victim was taken to the hospital, where it was found that he had a memory impairment due to injuries. The patient was taken to a psychiatric hospital in Kramatorsk for treatment and rehabilitation after the attack.
The missing pensioner was found by a driver Oleksandr, who drove him to Bakhmut from the Non-Government Controlled Horlivka. It was clear that the man would not be able to return to his hometown without documents. Oleksandr could not just put up with it. To help Anatoly, he turned to the CF “Right to Protection” (R2P) to restore the stolen documents, renew the pension certificate, unblock the bank card and resume pension payments.
Lawyers of the R2P Office in the city of Slovyansk Valerii Mikhiei and Kateryna Honchar started working with the case of a pensioner.
In addition, thanks to the support of the UNHCR, Anatoliy Ivanovych was provided with individual financial aid to purchase necessary medicines, clothes, food, and for the costs associated with the preparation of documents. During the New Year holidays, the man was not left alone with his problems.
During the conversation with Oleksandr, we found out that the originals of certain documents that may become the primary evidence for issuing the passport are now in his place of permanent residence in Horlivka (ed. note – NGCA). These documents must be provided to the State Migration Service of Ukraine. In addition, the man has two children: a daughter and a son, but the son refused to come to identify the father. With the daughter, we have unfortunately lost contact. The only thing we know is that she lives in Crimea (ed. note – temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine),tells Valerii Mikhiei, a lawyer at the R2P.
During the next visit, Oleksandr, the driver who notified us about the problem, together with a woman – Anatoliy’s acquaintance, carried over the documents that were in the Non-Government Controlled Area and gave these documents to our lawyers. The woman has also said that Anatoliy’s identity could be confirmed by two women, one of whom lives in Cherkasy and the other in Svitlovodsk.
Thanks to the close cooperation of the lawyers of the Slovyansk office of the CF” Right to Protection” (R2P) with the State Migration Service in the Donetsk Region (SMS) and the Department of the Migration Service in the city of Slovyansk, it was possible to do a remote identification of Anatoliy Ivanovych.
After that, the lawyers of the Fund formed a complete package of documents and sent it to the SMS for further preparation of the passport of a citizen of Ukraine.
Now we are so glad to announce that yesterday Anatoliy Ivanovych received the long-awaited document and started the procedure of issuing a passport of a citizen of Ukraine to travel abroad! We wish him strong health and endurance! And let all obstacles and misfortunes remain in the past.
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