18:21 May. 17, 2016
Russia also sends 35,000 blank passports to Donbas
Russia sent nearly USD 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.
"In early May, nearly USD 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 Russia's Armed Forces", the Ukrainian intel says.
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".