Russia plans to allocate RUB 900 Billion to monopolize occupied Donbas in Eastern Ukraine

Canan Sarıtepe
28 September 2021, 11:04
Canan Sarıtepe
28 September 2021, 11:04

Russia plans to allocate more than 900 billion Rubles ($12.4 billion) for the socio-economic needs of the occupied Donbas, part of the Eastern Ukraine, over the next three years.

This is according to the Russian "Program for Accelerated Socio-Economic Development of Territories for 2022-2024" as reported by Radio Liberty Ukrainian service.

The funding described in the documents appears to largely target social spending in the parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which were referred to as "territory 1" and "territory 2", respectively.

Moscow wants to raise income of population

The planned spending described in the documents, whose authenticity could not be independently verified, appears to represent a significant increase.

According to the records, occupied Eastern Ukrainian territories have a combined population of about 2.9 million people, about 38 percent of them pensioners. The average salary in this area is RUB 15,000 ($206) which is RUB 20,000 ($274) less than in the neighboring Russian region of Rostov.

The papers reveal that Moscow wants to raise the income of the population of the occupied territory of Donbas to the 2019 indicators of the Rostov region. The Kremlin plans to allocate RUB 900 billion for this purpose.

Expenditures on military maintenance of "DPR" (so-called Donetsk People's Republic) and "LPR" (so-called Luhansk People's Republic) are financed separately.

Reznikov: Russia spends about $1.3 billion annually in occupied territories

Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov estimated in 2020 that Russia spends a total of about $1.3 billion annually on salaries in Donbas and Crimea, the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula occupied by Russia in March 2014.

Donetsk and Luhansk regions are controlled by the Moscow-backed separatists since 2014, when a war against Kyiv's forces erupted after Russia fomented unrest following the ouster of Moscow-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych.