Despite occupation, Yatseniuk not cutting Donetsk and Luhansk budgets sharply
Government funding for the state administrations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions has been cut, but not by as much as in most other regions, according to figures in a funding decree signed by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk on March 11.
Funding for Donetsk Regional State Administration decreased by UAH 4.34 million, while in Dnipropetrovsk region the decrease was almost the same amount - UAH 4.27 million. In Luhansk Regional State Administration the funding reduction was UAH 3.39 million, while in Lviv it was UAH 3.36 million.
Meanwhile the funding figures for Zhytomyr and Vinnytsia regional administrations, both far from the combat zone, were decreased by UAH 6.5 and UAH 8.1 million respectively.
The shallower cuts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions have come even though there are some areas in the Donbas that are completely beyond the control of the Ukrainian authorities, and the activities of their district administrations can’t be carried out as usual.
Compared with 2014, the expenditure of the regional state administrations decreased by UAH 69 million. In addition, the Ukrainian government is no longer financing Sevastopol City State Administration, saving a total of UAH 3.5 million.
The reduction of costs was almost the same in all state administrations at all levels in all regions.
However, the population of the Ukrainian-controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions declined by more than half - from 4.3 million to 2.0 million people in Donetsk region, and from 2.2 million to 1.0 million people in Luhansk region.
The Cabinet of Ministers has set the 2015 labor remuneration fund for employees and costs of the regional and district administrations at UAH 4.83 billion, or UAH 202 million lower than in 2014.