"In early May, nearly $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 Russian Armed Forces," according to the intelligence agency, Ukraine Today reports.
35,000 blank passports have reportedly been transferred from Russia to the Donbas region for acquiring the Russian citizenship.
Read alsoATO HQ: Enemy drone attacks Ukraine rear military unit, drops six bombsRussia 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."