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Russia annually spends $5 billion on Ukraine’s temporarily occupied territories, - official

Source : 112 Ukraine

About 1.3 billion dollars are spent on civil affairs and 3.7 billion - on military affairs
13:23, 3 July 2020

Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov
Press service of Ukrainian President

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.

This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov at a press conference "Synchronization of actions of the authorities on the de-occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol," Ukrinform reports.

"We know for sure that the Russian budget finances the salaries of civil servants in the temporarily occupied Donbas and Crimea. According to our data, this is 1 billion 300 thousand dollars a year spent on civil affairs and, according to our information, up to 3.7 billion dollars per year - on military affairs. On average, five billion dollars per year," Reznikov said.

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He also added that financing was carried out in various ways, including through banks that were not in the territory of the Russian Federation, in particular through other annexed/occupied territories.

As we reported earlier, Russia has deployed about 87,000 troops to the region that is bordering with Ukraine. 

Related: Russia admits its constitutional changes are aimed at making return of Crimea to Ukraine “impossible”

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