(QHA) -

The Ukrainian government has offered residents of Crimea pension payments if they opt out of Russia’s benefit payment system, the government website said on Monday.

According to the press release, the pensions in question offer payments for the second quarter of 2014 that would be recorded as international wire transfers at post offices.

Those Crimea pensioners who seek Ukrainian pensions are to submit an application to Pension Fund offices of Genichesky, Kalanchatsky,Novotroitsky or Chaplynsky regions (mainland Ukraine) and give an official note from Russian side that the Russian pension is canceled.

Crimea was annexed by Russia in March, following Crimean referendum on peninsula’s status. Crimea residents were pushed to become Russian citizens, taking appealing for Russian passports. However, there are those in Crimea who preferred to remain citizens of Ukraine.

QHA