Over the first six months of the full-scale war, from February 24 to August 24, 2022, revenues from Russia's export of energy resources amounted to $158 billion. For comparison, Russia's military budget for 2021 was about $66 billion.
Ukraine's Minister of Energy German Galushchenko said this in a Facebook post, Ukrinform reports.
"It is from the sale of energy resources that Russia receives funds for missiles, tanks and heavy artillery, with which it destroys Ukrainian cities and kills our citizens. For half a year of the war, from February 24 to August 24, 2022, revenues from Russia's export of energy resources amounted to $158 billion. For comparison, Russia's military budget for 2021 amounted to about $66 billion," he wrote.
The minister noted that victory on the energy front is one of the most important elements of victory in the war being waged by Russia.
"It is necessary to talk about this publicly with international political leaders and society, because the consequences of Russia's military aggression against Ukraine, a possible nuclear disaster provoked by Russia, can affect everyone. And then the numbers in the bills or the price of gasoline will no longer matter," Galushchenko said.