: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine`s intel reveals how much cash Moscow forwards to militants in May


Russia sent nearly $19 million in cash to the militant-held occupied territory in eastern Ukraine to finance needs of the self-proclaimed ”Donetsk People`s Republic” (DPR). As Ukraine`s Intelligence Service reports, this is the money Russian-backed separatists obtained in May, according to Ukraine Today.
”In early May, nearly $19 million in cash was delivered from the Rostov region of Russia to the `DPR` through the border checkpoint of Marynivka to ensure the functioning of local authorities and day-to-day operations of military units of Russian Armed Forces,” according to the intelligence agency, Ukraine Today reports.
35,000 blank passports have reportedly been transferred from Russia to the Donbas region for acquiring the Russian citizenship.
Russia spends EUR 1 billion a year to finance the militant-occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine. According to Bild, Russia has to spend around EUR 79 million a month to provide salaries and pensions to residents of the occupies regions. This is stated in official documents of the so-called ”people`s republics.”

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