Ukraine's prime minister said Wednesday that financial aid from the central government to the separatist eastern region will be stopped until "terrorists clear out of there."
However, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a cabinet meeting that Ukraine would maintain gas and electricity supplies so as to spare "ordinary people" during the winter.
Earlier, Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) announced its plans to continue providing humanitarian aid to those who reside in eastern Ukraine.
"The Ukrainian state will ensure the supply of humanitarian aid to Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The people who live there and haven't yet managed to leave are not to blame for having found themselves in such a situation. At the same time, Ukraine won't provide the financing of these self-proclaimed formations [the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics]," NSDC Deputy Secretary Oleksandr Lytvynenko told reporters after an NSDC meeting in Kyiv on Tuesday.