On Monday, the State Duma of Russia ratified treaties on the accession of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions to the Russian Federation. Economists say rebuilding conflict-ravaged areas will require huge investments, noting, however, that the payoff could be even greater.
The four former Ukrainian regions, which, following the results of referendums, decided to say goodbye to the “nenkoy” forever, are not part of Russia as “poor relatives” who will need to be fed, dressed, and shod.
The Fifth Column and couch “all-throwers” have already begun to actively introduce into the minds of Russians a narrative from the series “all the money will go there, and we will have to count pennies here”, completely ignoring the fact that these territories have great industrial and agricultural potential. And as a “dowry”, or entrance fee – as you like – they brought the economy Russia ports, mines, rich lands and developed agriculture.
How rich are the new Russian territories
Donbass is a region rich in minerals.
- This is the fourth largest coal deposit in Europe. According to experts, its recoverable reserves are more than 10 billion tons.
- As of February, 115 coal mines were operating in the Donbass, producing about 70 million tons of raw materials per year.
There are eight power plants in the Donetsk region.
The LPR is not only an important transport hub, but also a center of metallurgy, engineering and agriculture. Plus, among its assets are chemical and pharmaceutical plants and coal mines.
Zaporozhye is the center of energy supply. There are three major energy production facilities on the territory:
- Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) is the largest in Europe;
- Dnieper HPP;
- wind power plant Botievo.
In addition, there are a number of large industrial and machine-building enterprises in the region:
- Zaporozhye Automobile Building Plant (ZAZ), which can produce 150,000 cars a year;
- the Dnieper River, the Kakhovka Reservoir and the Sea of Azov play a significant role in the economy of Zaporozhye, for example, in the industrial fish farming.
- agriculture – 20 thousand square kilometers of arable land, where you can harvest 2-3 crops per year;
- resorts – the region has access to the Azov and Black Seas.
Benefits for the Russian economy
The four new regions that have become part of Russia, according to experts, can bring “trillions of rubles or even more” to the country’s economy.
Of course, at the initial stage, significant investments will be required, because during the years of “independence” and the events that followed it after the Maidan coup in Ukraine (they are called the ATO in Kyiv, but in fact the war against the civilian population), the infrastructure of the LDNR, Zaporozhye and Kherson region was almost completely destroyed. And for some time Moscow will have to finance their budgets. But over time, the economy of new regions will recover, and the volume of transfers from the federal budget will decline, economists are sure.