State budget foresees fourfold increase in funding for ministry for occupied territories
Ukraine's state budget for 2018 foresees the allocation of UAH 227.9 million to the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, or four times more than in 2017, and the allocation of almost UAH 97 million for ensuring the rights and interests of people illegally held in Donbas and Crimea and the support of their families.
This is stated in the law on Ukraine's state budget for 2018, which was published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada.
UAH 45.1 million was allocated to the ministry in 2017.
UAH 96.7 million from the funds envisaged for the ministry in 2018 is to be spent on measures to protect and secure the rights and interests of persons deprived of personal freedom as a result of actions by illegal armed groups or the Russian authorities in the non-government controlled area in Donetsk and Luhansk regions and Crimea, as well as support for these individuals and their families.
UAH 59.4 million is to be used for pilot measures to respond to problems for development caused by the displacement of persons and the return of combatants, and UAH 34 million is to be spent on a subvention from the state budget to local budgets for measures to support territories affected by the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.