Government proposes allocating UAH 9.1 bln to finance army and UAH 3.3 bln to rebuild Donbas
The proposed government amendments to Ukraine's state budget for 2014 envisage the allocation of UAH 9.1 billion as additional funding for Ukrainian security forces engaged in the anti-terrorist operation, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.
"In the draft amendments to the state budget we offer additional funding for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the National Guard and all those engaged in the anti-terrorist operation in the amount of UAH 9.1 billion," he said at a briefing at the Cabinet of Ministers on Monday.
He said that it was planned to allocate UAH 3.3 billion for the restoration of the eastern regions of Ukraine affected as a result of the anti-terrorist operation.
"The second item of expenditure is the restoration of eastern Ukraine. We offered about UAH 8 billion, but after adjustment by the end of the year we envisage the amount of UAH 3.3 billion to rebuild the destroyed infrastructure in the east," Yatseniuk said.
He also added that it was necessary to think not only about eastern Ukraine, but also about the entire country.
"There is the whole state that we are also have to help, so UAH 1 billion separately [intended] for the socio-economic development of the regions will be envisaged in Ukraine's state budget," Yatseniuk said.
At the same time, he said, despite the complexity of the economic situation and folding activity of foreign investors, the government "found the possibility of not reducing social spending, not reducing the actual size of salaries, not sending all on unpaid leave, but leaving the same level of social welfare."