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Russia to spend over $12 billion for occupied Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the Kremlin plans, in 2024, the level of income of occupied Donbas should reach the rates of Rostov Oblast in 2019
13:51, 27 September 2021

RIA Novosti

Russia plans to spend over 900 billion rubles ($12,402,000,000) for support of the occupied territories of Donbas as Radio Liberty reported citing the “Program of accelerated social and economic development of territories” approved by the Russian government.

The mentioned budget should be distributed between Donetsk and Luhansk regions during 2022-2024. According to the Kremlin plans, in 2024, the level of income of occupied Donbas should reach the rates of Rostov Oblast in 2019.

Related: Number of victims among Donbas civilians increases by 50% in six months, - UN

The financing for Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) will be provided separately.

According to the inner Russian data, about 2.9 million people live in occupied Donbas, while 38% of them are retired persons. The average payment in the occupied region is 15,000 rubles (~$200) and it is by 20,000 less than in Rostov Oblast (~$428).

Related: Zelensky calls on Stoltenberg to help release Ukrainians illegally detained in Donbas, Russia

The elections to the bodies of power, as well as to the State Duma, took place in Russia on September 17, 18, and 19. The voting was also held in occupied Crimea. The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine called the elections in Crimea to be a violation of international law and promised to assume measures.

Soon, chairman of the HRC commission on international cooperation in the field of human rights Kirill Vyshinsky stated that over 150,000 residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions took part in the elections to the State Duma of Russia.

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