Putin has spent at least three billion dollars to finance the war in the east of Ukraine, Focus. During the past year and a half Russia has been providing the occupants and the militants of self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics with everything. The money “invested” in all the tanks, self-propelled guns, armored vehicles, artillery, fuel, ammunition, equipment, food, salaries, is sufficient to arm several European armies.
Russian 2014 military budget was $69.3 bln, third largest military expenditure behind the U.S. and China; in 2015 it raised to $93.9 bln. According to the International Institute for Strategic studies, Russian military budget is 3.7% from the GDP (the country is number four in the world rating).
As was reported few hours ago, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin ordered on Monday to conduct unannounced inspections of the Central Military District. District troops, part of the aviation forces of other military districts, Airborne Forces and Military-Transport Aviation are being put on full combat alert.