Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, said that he was unaware of plans to integrate the occupied territories of Donbas into Russia, UNIAN reports.
"As for any de facto steps towards Russia, I do not know anything about it, I do not have any information on it," Peskov said.
He also noted that many citizens of certain districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions had received Russian citizenship because they were Russian citizens. According to Peskov, it happened "because of humanitarian reasons, after these citizens were rejected by their own country."
He also said that Russia would continue providing "humanitarian aid" to the population of the occupied territories.
As we reported earlier, according to Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov, an average of five billion dollars is allocated annually from the budget of the Russian Federation for the maintenance of the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea.