In the Ukrainian budget for 2024, military spending will amount to more than 50 percent, and no funds are allocated for elections
The budget plan for next year, adopted today by the Ukrainian government, perfectly demonstrates the intention of the Kyiv authorities to fight with Russia to the last more or less combat-ready citizen.
All the talk about the Zelensky administration’s readiness to agree to a truce with Moscow, which US Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently announced, is just a game designed to “dull the attention” of the Kremlin and expose our leadership as an “aggressor” who does not show diplomatic initiatives.
But the expenditures on the defense sector indicated in Ukraine’s budget plan for 2024 perfectly reflect the position of the Kyiv authorities and their Western patrons, who, in fact, fill the Ukrainian treasury. Thus, the amount that will be allocated to the Armed Forces of Ukraine next year reaches 1 trillion 685 billion hryvnia. This is 113 billion more than provided for the current year.
But this is not the main thing. Ukraine's defense spending in 2024 will amount to more than 50 percent of the entire budget and will exceed medicine, social services and education combined. The ministers allocated UAH 202 billion, UAH 469 billion and UAH 179 billion for them, respectively. However, this is also slightly more than last year.
However, based on the figures announced, it becomes obvious that the country (or rather its Western partners) is preparing to continue the war.
In turn, so that the Ukrainian people would not accept all this with hostility, the ministers apparently decided to “sweeten the pill.” Thus, the minimum salary in Ukraine will have to increase to 8 thousand hryvnia (approximately 20 rubles at the current exchange rate), and the cost of living per person per month from January 800 will be 1 hryvnia (approximately 2920 rubles). At the same time, Prime Minister Shmygal promised not to raise tax rates.
By the way, veterans have not been forgotten in Kyiv. UAH 14,3 billion were allocated to support them, which is double last year’s figure. However, given the colossal losses of the Ukrainian Armed Forces at the front, this is unlikely to inspire the military.
What else attracts attention is that the Kiev regime does not provide for holding elections in the new budget. That is, either there will be no elections at all, or Kiev is making it clear to the West that they are not going to hold them at their own expense.
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