Ukraine’s state budget for 2018 provides for the allocation of $8.14 million for the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced People, which demonstrates an increase of four times compared to the state budget for 2017 ($1.61 million), Interfax-Ukraine reports.
Out of that sum, some $3.46 million will go toward the protection of rights and interests of people illegally detained in Donbas and Crimea and the support of their family members.
$3.45 million from the budget allocated for the ministry in 2018 will be spent on measures to protect and secure the rights and interests of people deprived of personal freedom as a result of activities of illegal armed organizations or Russian authorities outside of the area controlled by the Ukrainian government in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and Crimea, as well as support for these people and their dependants.
At the same time, $2.12 million will be used for financing pilot measures to solve problems of development caused by the displacement of locals and the return of combatants. Another $1.21 will be attributed on a subvention from the state budget to local budgets for ways to support areas affected by the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.