In Ukraine’s Russian-controlled Zaporozhye region, the hryvnia will be partially replaced by the ruble this month. This was expressed by Deputy Prime Minister Khusnullin during a study trip to the Zaporozhye city of Melitopol, RIA Novosti reported.
“I believe that the expectation of the region is to work in our friendly Russian family. That’s why I’m here to provide maximum assistance for integration.”
According to him, at the end of May, residents of Zaporozhye will begin to receive pensions and salaries in rubles. In general, as Khusnullin points out, the Russian government wants to initiate a “maximum turnover of the ruble” in all areas occupied by Russian troops.
Also, the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant will work for Russia. If Ukraine agrees to pay, Russia will sell it the energy it received at the nuclear power plant. Otherwise, the Deputy Prime Minister believes that Russia will easily find other buyers.
“We won’t have such problems to worry about where to sell the electricity,” Khusnullin said.
The deputy prime minister also said that the Russian authorities will organize “full-fledged cooperation” “with Crimea and the whole of the Russian Federation” of the occupied part of the Zaporozhye region.
Khusnullin added that Russia will take back all the territories it occupied in Ukraine, including the Zaporozhye region. Separately, he promised that all roads connecting Zaporozhye with the Russian Federation will be regulated.
“We are currently making assessments, I am not ready to name names yet. But all the decisions about what to rebuild [все занятые территории], finance, agreed, ”said Khusnullin. At the same time, he admitted that Russia does not have enough building materials. According to his plan, the necessary can be obtained from the same Zaporozhye region.
“We count on the region’s help for building materials. Because there is a good potential for building materials, and today there are not enough building materials in Russia. Therefore, we believe that it is necessary to use as much as possible all initiatives, including the restoration of the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
On May 11, President Georgy Muradov’s Permanent Representative to Crimea announced that the entire south of Ukraine, occupied by Russian troops, would become part of Russia. Muradov claims these regions were “historically” Russian and “gifted” to Kiev. The head of the military-civil administration of the Kherson region, appointed by Russia, Vladimir Saldo, suggested that a new federal region may arise in Russia, which will include the Crimea, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions.
The head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, repeated the idea of joining the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions today, May 18. “I certainly see it: our future together within the borders of a single state,” he said.
At the beginning of the military operation, the Kremlin stressed that Russia would not invade the territory of Ukraine, and here the word “occupation” itself is “inapplicable”. “Our plans do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territory, we will not force anything on anyone,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At the same time, Putin pointed out that all peoples have the “right to self-determination” and that “all peoples living on the territory of present-day Ukraine” can exercise this right.