DPR and LPR to introduce multi-currency system
The leadership of the Donetsk and Luhansk Peoples’ Republics militant organization has decided that any world currency can be used for payments on the territories controlled by their forces, BBC Ukraine reported on Thursday.
According to the leader of the LPR Ihor Plotnyskiy, the money turnover of the DPR and LPR will include the ruble, the hryvnia, the dollar and any other currencies suitable for the population of the Donbas.
"Since Ukraine was not going to remove the economic blockade, and the hryvnia has depreciated, we decided to launch a multicurrency system in the region," he said.
Later, a representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushylin, also spoke of the introduction of a multi-currency system in the Donbas.
According to anecdotal reports from within the parts of Ukraine where Russian-backed militants have seized control, Russian soldiers have been attempting to use the ruble as payment for goods.