In Kyiv, a petition to allocate money to the military from the budget has received the required number of signatures

Anhelina Sheremet

A petition on the website of the Kyiv City Council about planning the Kyiv budget for 2024 has received the necessary six thousand signatures. Now it should be considered by the mayor of the capital Vitaliy Klitschko.

The author of the petition is Yulia Nikitina.

"We demand a change in the approach to the planning of the budget of the city of Kyiv, target programs and the program of economic and social development of Kyiv. We demand the abandonment of projects that are not a matter of survival or adequate necessity for the residents of the capital, and a radical increase in spending on frontline aid, rehabilitation of the wounded, safety of residents and ensuring a dignified life for less mobile population groups in the city," the author explained.

In Kyiv, in October, actions were held under the building of the Kyiv City State Administration against the financing of infrastructure facility repairs. Instead, they proposed to increase support for the Armed Forces. People were with placards "My taxes on the Armed Forces, not on cobblestones" and "Our taxes are on our army."

  • City and regional budgets do not have the right to transfer funds directly to the army or buy military goods — weapons, tanks or ammunition. But there are three options how the local authorities can help the defender. The first is to buy dual-purpose goods for military units based in the region, including for the Territorial Defense. This is how you can buy body armor, helmets, military uniforms, radio stations, transport, repair equipment and drones. The second option is similar to charity. The National Bank has opened a special account for the needs of the army, which is managed by the Ministry of Defense. The third is to send subventions to the state budget. The subsidy provides that the funds go to a specific purchase for a specific military unit. According to this scheme, you can also buy weapons.