: Kremlin retreats on financing 'Donbas project'

18:51 Jun. 8, 2016

Kremlin retreats on financing 'Donbas project'

A pro-Russian rebel mans a check point on March 2, 2015 in Uglegorsk, Ukraine (Getty Images)

Ukraine's Defence Intelligence claims Russia-backed militants refuse to continue service over unpaid wages

Members of the Russian-backed militant forces in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk region are reportedly abandoning the idea of fighting for the Kremlin due to unpaid wages.

This is according to the Ukrainian presidential administration spokesman for the Anti-Terrorist Operation Colonel Andriy Lysenko who cited the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine.

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The so-called 2nd Army Corps of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic were informed about another salary delay (the salary for May is to be paid only in July), and the reduction of the salary of 25%, Lysenko said.

"These ‘sad news' resulted in a sharp increase of the reports on the early termination of the contracts, in the so-called 6th Separate Motor Rifle Regiment (Stakhanov), and in the 7th Separate Motor Rifle Brigade (Debaltseve) that occupy enemy positions on the front line in Luhansk region," Lysenko added.

'Budget cuts' in Donbas aren't the first. Earlier, Russian authorities severely decreased the budget on the occupied Crimea.

According to the self-proclaimed Crimean Finance Ministry, the Russia-backed parliament shortened the overall budget on more than 1 billion roubles (USD 17 million).

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