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 Russia spends hundreds of millions of dollars on war in Donbas – Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry

Russia keeps supplying the illegal armed groups in the Donbas with weapons and building up forces in the conflict zone spending hundreds of millions of dollars.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine speaker Yevhen Perebyinis announced at a press briefing on Tuesday, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"Russia, namely Russia, because the militants in the Donbas, who have looted everything they could, are currently fully maintained by it, spends hundreds of millions of dollars for this purposes (arms supplies to Donbas and maintaining of hostilities there) - the money that is essential today for the Russian people and the entire country, which is experiencing one of the worst economic crises in its history. Here is an example: a single MLRS Grad volley, thousands of which were launched during fighting in the Donbas, costs tens of thousands of dollars to Russian taxpayers," he stressed.

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Perebyinis stressed that the militants and the Russian army detachments committed more than 240 attacks on the Armed Forces of Ukraine detachments' positions totally in the period from April 15 to April 20, including from mortars, heavy artillery, and Grad multiple rocket launchers, which should have been withdrawn from the demarcation line to the distance defined in the Minsk agreements of Feb. 12

The spokesman said that there were more than 65 cases of aerial reconnaissance by drones of the Russian Armed Forces recorded at different directions in the ATO area.

At the same time, according to him, the accumulation of military equipment and the Russian Armed Forces personnel is underway in Valuisky and Kamensk-Shakhtinsky districts of the Belgorod and Rostov regions adjacent to the border with Ukraine. The Army Aviation exercises were recorded in the Krasnodar Krai, the Rostov region, and the occupied Crimea.

Perebyinis wrote on his Twitter that a single MLRS Grad volley costs $200,000.

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