Ukraine interim leader says loss of Crimea cost $125b

People watch a broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to the Federal Assembly, including State Duma deputies, members of the Federation Council, regional governors and civil society representatives, in Sevastopol March 18, 2014.&nbsp
People watch a broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to the Federal Assembly, including State Duma deputies, members of the Federation Council, regional governors and civil society representatives, in Sevastopol March 18, 2014. Ukraine's interim President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Wednesday that Russia's hotly disputed annexation of Crimea in March had cost his country around US$100 billion (S$125 billion). -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KsIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's interim President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Wednesday that Russia's hotly disputed annexation of Crimea in March had cost his country around US$100 billion (S$125 billion).

"The occupation of Crimea has caused losses of more than US$100 billion," he said at round-table talks on Ukraine's deepening crisis, charging that the Russian "aggression has not stopped" and has spread to the east, where Kiev is battling an armed insurgency.