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Russia’s ‘shadow government’ for east Ukraine: Bild’s report

Russia is running a "shadow government" in the uncontrolled by Kyiv territories of eastern Ukraine under the control of the FSB intelligence service, German Bild edition reported
Russia’s 'shadow government' for east Ukraine: Bild’s report

The Bild’s report said that basic administrative functions of the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk are being run by six working groups at five Russian ministries, Digitaljournal.com reports.

The officials, who manage areas including tax law, transport infrastructure and the establishment of an electricity market, work under the auspices of the FSB and answer to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, according to the minutes cited in Bild.

“It is notable that no members of the self-declared people’s republics in eastern Ukraine are on the commission,” Bild said.

“They are simply informed about its findings and their political implementation.”

The minutes derive from an October 2015 meeting of the so-called Interministerial Commission for the Provision of Humanitarian Aid for the Affected Areas of the Southeast of the Donetsk and Luhansk Regions.

Bild quoted an unnamed secret services agent as saying that the commission’s work allowed the separatist regions to function as a Russian “satellite state”.

Russia has repeatedly denied allegations that it has active forces in the war zone or exercises direct influence over the territories, saying it only provides humanitarian aid there.