George H. Eliason, an American who lives there, reports on the situation in Ukraine
The reality in Donbas is this blockade has been in place for almost 6
months now. The bank runs happened in the late spring through the mid
summer. I was there as thousands of people stood in line literally for
days in front of bank ATMs. During this time a surcharge was added to
every deposit in Donbass banks and the funds went to buy the bullets
used to kill people here. When Kiev lost ground in the east mid summer
they closed the banks altogether. The banks closed without warning all
deposits were stolen and used to buy more bullets.
benefits to the elderly and disabled were also cut off in mid summer.
State and oligarch owned businesses functioning and reaping profits
stopped paying salaries. By early July retirees across the countryside
were surviving on leftovers from the last harvest, unripened fruit, and
help from their neighbors.