According to the government, Russia spends about $ 5 billion a year to maintain the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov told this in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
"According to our information, these figures are, of course, approximate - up to $ 1.3 billion is spent on the maintenance of only the civilian part. First of all, these are state employees. And about $ 3.7 billion are spent on the war. That is, about $ 5 billion ... per year, according to our assessment, the cost of maintaining the occupied territory of Ukrainian Donbas to the Kremlin is without the Crimea," he said.
Reznikov noted that the government is aware of the fact that the so-called authorities of the occupied Donbas are requesting money for the modernization of television towers, because "the signal is too strong for Ukrainian television," and receive funding in Russian rubles from the official bodies of the Russian Federation.
As we reported before, the patrol of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission was shelled in the occupied territory of Donbas