Humanitarian aid to the Donbass: “the Need for the DNI and LC will disappear”

Russia intends to abandon the “humanitarian aid” the DNI and the LC in favor of the Republic of Crimea and the Kaliningrad region, reported Russian media on Friday, citing government sources. However, the Ministry of Finance this information could not confirm, and press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said, we are talking about “organizing” means, but the question of refusal to the Donbass humanitarian assistance is not.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

The decision was allegedly made at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak 1 September. Deputy Medvedev has instructed the Finance Ministry to abandon the “humanitarian support to individual territories”, and the saved means to direct on infrastructure projects in Kaliningrad and Crimea.

According to sources RBC, under the “separate territories” means is the DNI and the LC. In sum, it is necessary to find 165 billion rubles for three years on the Peninsula and in the enclave were implemented all planned projects. This includes: construction of health and education, replacement of outdated city utilities, the repair of roads in the Republic of Crimea; improving transport, laying of fiber-optic communication lines in the Baltic sea and implementation of the project “Formation of a comfortable urban environment” in the Kaliningrad region.

The rejection of the “humanitarian aid” Donbass is just one of the options for additional financing of the Crimea and Kaliningrad. At the same time considers proposals for reducing subsidies for the Railways and increase in the excise tax on gasoline.

How much is spent on support of the unrecognized republics is not exactly known. Foreign and Ukrainian media reported that Russia sends Donbass money for payment of pensions and social obligations to the residents of the DNI and LC. The amounts appear different — from 2.5 to 6 billion rubles a month, but the Russian government denied this information. However, Moscow does not deny that some support for the victims of the civil war in the Ukraine regions it has. In the period of the victory of the Euromaidan and the beginning of the armed conflict in the Eastern regions of the Square was created the Interdepartmental Commission on rendering of financial assistance to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The money went for restoration of energy and transport in the LDNR. In addition, EMERCOM of Russia for three years has been the shipment of humanitarian assistance to the affected regions of Ukraine, but the product itself is purchased by private charities.

On this basis, under the rejection of “humanitarian support”, perhaps, means a cessation of work of the governmental Commission.

According to the head of the Fund “Ukrainian politics” Konstantin Bondarenko, Donbas will have no choice but to lay down their weapons and integrate in the Square, in case the aid will be completely cut off.

— The offer on refusal of financing of the unrecognized republics of the Donbass is absolutely natural. After the presidential election in 2018, the need for them will disappear. Before the elections in Russia for Vladimir Putin it is necessary their availability from a technical point of view, to show what a mess is happening in Ukraine. When the elections are finished, and the need for them will disappear, as in what is happening in Ukraine, — said Ukrainian political analyst.

— What will become of themselves republics?

Without Russian support they will not be able to exist independently. According to the Minsk agreements, all international acts, including the position of Russia, Donetsk and Lugansk — it is a sovereign part of Ukraine, which max can claim autonomy. The existence of republics without Ukraine is impossible — suggests the analyst.

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